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Author:  Eryka Washington
Consumer Reporter
Oct 23 2014

Local family receives $3K hearing aid for daughter with grant

ORLANDO, Fla. - Eleven-year-old Adelyn Brault loves playing with her dog and now she can hear him coming from a distance-- but that wasn't always the case.

In kindergarten, doctors noticed Adelyn suffered from hearing loss. By third grade her mother, Jacquelyn, says it had gotten much worse.

"Her doctor felt it was time for the hearing aids to help her as well as in school," Jacquelyn said.

Adelyn says before the hearing aid, it was tough to concentrate in school.

"Yeah, because I couldn't hear the teacher, because if two people are talking at the same time I can't tell which voice it is," she said.

The hearing aid cost $3,000 and Jacquelyn’s insurance didn't cover it.

Jacquelyn says she was desperate.

"It's a lot of money to come up with in a short amount of time; they wanted half up front to even start making them," Jacquelyn said. "Honestly I was like I don't care what i have to do I have to get this money."

Out of desperation, Jacquelyn googled “hearing impaired” and saw a link to grants and found United Healthcare Children’s Foundation. They were one of few organizations who help families with insurance.

"We recognized a need in what we do of families with children who have commercial health insurance that may still have needs," Glenn Baker of United Healthcare said.

In order to receive the grant, you must be 16 years of age or younger, live in U.S., have commercial insurance and meet income criteria.

Since 2007, 7,500 people have received the grant totaling $23 million, 750 of those grantees are in Florida.

In Orlando, more than 160 families have received grants.

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Indianapolis Recorder
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014


Are Americans warming up to a free over-the-phone hearing test developed by Indiana University researchers and funded by a grant from NIH? As news about the test spreads, the answer seems to be a resounding “Yes!” Better yet, the test is being offered free through the end of June.

“Many European countries and Australia already offer this kind of test,” said Dr. Charles Watson, chief scientist for the National Hearing Test. “Nearly half of adults over 48 experience hearing loss, yet few seek help. The National Hearing Test lets them assess their own hearing by phone in the privacy of their own homes.”

Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to job problems and income reduction, social isolation, embarrassment, and significantly lower quality of life. Hearing loss is irreversible, but if caught early, steps can be taken to keep its effects from worsening.

This was the impetus for a new hearing test now widely available in the United States and offered free during June. Within one month of the National Hearing Test’s first major national push, more than 30,000 Americans have used the service.

Developed by hearing scientists with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Hearing Test is a quick and accurate hearing screening. The screening can be conveniently taken over a telephone in one’s home or office. To take the test, a person simply calls the toll-free National Hearing Test number at (866) 223-7575 and follows the directions provided. The test takes approximately 10 minutes.

The National Hearing Test is provided on a non-profit basis as a public service and has no financial connection with any hearing products or services. The test regularly costs $8.

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Released: 3/18/2014
Original Source 

Newswise — (Boston) – Boston University (BU) College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College was recently awarded a five-year, $2.75M grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to test and refine a prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid (VGHA).

Gerald D. Kidd Jr., professor in the department of speech, language & hearing sciences at BU Sargent College and director of BU’s Sound Field Laboratory developed the VGHA prototype in collaboration with an international research team and Malden, Massachusetts-based Sensimetrics Corporation.

According to the NIDCD, 17 percent of Americans have hearing loss in one or both ears, and the prevalence of hearing loss increases with every age decade. For the majority of hearing losses that are not medically remediable, a hearing aid is the only viable treatment. However, only about 1 in 5 people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wear them. One reason, according to Kidd and colleagues, is that even the most sophisticated modern hearing aids come with a fundamental challenge: how to selectively amplify the sounds the listener wishes to hear while excluding unwanted, interfering sounds.

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Western Oregon University to Become Hub for Deaf-Blind Resources

By Joce DeWitt, Statesman Journal, 10/13/2013

Thanks to a $10.5 million grant that will come over the next five years, the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University hopes to establish itself as the central hub for knowledge and resources for education of youths suffering from deaf and blindness.

The institute received the federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to operate the National Center for Deaf-Blindness.

Director Jay Gense said the center has been in operation at WOU for years and was well-poised to receive the grant.

“We’re thrilled, of course,” Gense said.

The center in Monmouth is the only one for deaf-blindness funded by the Department of Education, which, for Gense, only makes the award sweeter.

That it’s based in Oregon is cool; that it’s based in WOU, a small university compared to other state universities, is unique, he said. “Just the fact it’s really here is pretty amazing.”

The center at WOU will act as the core of a national network of deaf-blind resource programs located in every state.

“It’s an infrastructure that kids and families and those that serve them have access to research and expertise no matter where they are,” Gense said.

According to information released by Western Oregon University, there are 10,000 infants, children and young people across the country living with deaf-blindness and only 70 in Oregon. Almost 90 percent of those have additional disabilities.

There are fewer cases of deaf-blindness than any other disability in the United States, which leads to isolation for children who do live with it

“There literally are more school districts in this country than kids who are deaf-blind, which means there aren’t a lot of people who know what they need to know to educate these kids,” Gense said.

Still, there’s been a positive cultural shift in the past 10 years. Instead of sending children to far-flung schools, they are receiving education locally.

Therefore, two of the center’s priorities are to make sure children are not isolated and to leverage resources: If there are resources or knowledge available in one state, there is no reason to duplicate it in another, Gense said.

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