Kentucky’s Statewide Hearing Aid Reuse Program (SHARP)
Thank you for your interest in Kentucky’s Statewide Hearing Aid Reuse Program (SHARP) – a program of the KATS Network. The goal of this program is to make it easier for Kentuckians with hearing loss to acquire hearing aids. To achieve this goal, we are providing the following services to residents of Kentucky with hearing loss:
Donation of no longer needed Hearing Aids
SHARP is collecting used hearing aids (any age, any condition), as well as hearing aid remotes, and transmitters. Contact the KATS Network (SHARP) to request a self-addressed stamped container to place the hearing aids in. If requested, a receipt may be provided for the donation.
Assistance with the Repair of Hearing Aids
SHARP has limited funds to assist with the cost of reconditioning and/ or repairing your existing hearing aids through Starkey’s All Make Repair program. Please have your HHP/Audiologist contact SHARP to learn more about this program and to ensure that we have enough funds available as our amount available changes daily.
The reconditioning and repair of hearing aids must be ordered by an HHP through the Starkey All Make Repair Program. The HHP must call SHARP prior to placing an order to receive funding through SHARP.
If you would like to know more about how SHARP can benefit you, please contact the KATS Network at (800) 327-5287 or email us at email@example.com.
Hearing Aid Funding Resources
Note: Hear Now is currently NOT accepting applications for Hearing Aids due to effects of the current global pandemic. Please check with Hear Now directly for more information on when they might resume this program.
Hear Now is an application-based program of the Starkey Hearing Foundation that provides new hearing aids to low-income Americans. For information about eligibility, contact the Starkey Hearing Foundation at: 800-328-8602 and ask to speak with a Hear Now representative. Applications must be received by December 15th of each year to be considered.
Please understand that Audiologists/HHPs working with Hear Now donate their time and may have limited openings. SHARP and/or Hear Now are not able to make referrals or verify that an audiologist has current openings for Hear Now applicants.
Once the application has been completed by both the applicant and the Audiologist/HHP, please mail directly to Hear Now at: Hear Now Program, 6700 Washington Ave South, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344.
The applicant will need to enclose a cashier’s check or money order for the balance of the Hear Now application fee (along with any other requested documentation).
Audient – Epic Hearing Healthcare
Phone: (866) 956-5400 x. 2 (ask for Audient low-income program)
AUDIENT helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost. AUDIENT income qualifies families to be eligible for a discount on brand name hearing aids available through the AUDIENT Alliance’s national network of dedicated hearing care providers. Brand selection includes Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Widex, & Unitron hearing aids.
Gift of Hearing Foundation
Phone: (617) 661-HEAR (4327)
Working closely with the medical community, the Gift of Hearing Foundation will provide financial support to help a select number of economically disadvantaged patients receive cochlear implants. We will use these selected cases to highlight the gaps in reimbursement for cochlear implants and advocate for change. We can provide financial assistance to those whose insurance coverage will not provide for the cost of CI Implants. We do not assist with hearing aids.
Eligibility Requirements and Application Process
Applications for assistance must be submitted through the cochlear implant center that has determined that the individual qualifies as a CI candidate. GOHF does not accept applications from individuals. A qualified CI candidate should have their CI audiologist or surgeon’s office contact GOHF directly for an application.
Help America Hear
Phone: (888) 580-8866
The Foundation for Sight and Sound through its Help America Hear Program (HAH) provides hearing aids for men, women and children with limited financial resources.