Hearing Aid Loaner Program
The loaner program is for Michigan children 18 years and under. Minors may have difficulties securing “loaner” hearing aid(s), while theirs is being repaired, replaced or purchased for the first time. This program is not based on financial need. The Michigan Chapter Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf (MI AGBell) recognizes the importance of amplification in hearing rehabilitation and development of the young brain, and lengthy absence of amplification can significantly impact a child’s development and learning opportunities.
The child is expected to have a custom ear mold already or have a temporary one provided by the hearing care specialist or audiologist. MI AGBell is not responsible for supplying ear molds.
MI AGBell works with schools or the child’s audiologist to provide loaner behind-the-ear hearing aids to children who need them. MI AGBell expects to be paid nominal costs to ship and deliver the aid(s) for the child, ($7.00) by the requesting party.
When a child has been identified that needs a loaner hearing aid, the parents or audiologist should contact MI AGBell to start the process. A Hearing Aid Loaner Request form should be filled out and submitted to MI AGBell as soon as possible. (next page)
MI AGBell will provide a list of hearing aids currently available to the attending audiologist. (i.e. brand and model names and serial numbers(s). Since these are gently used hearing aids, and a listening check indicates that they sound reasonable, MI AGBell cannot determine whether it is functioning up to the manufacturer’s specifications. The audiologist’s job is to readjust or reprogram the loaner aid(s) to fit the child’s hearing loss.
The child is expected to be taught how to care for hearing aids. They are to be placed in a dri-aid kit or similar device at night, or during bathing times or whenever the aids are not worn. This step reduces the incidents of lost hearing aids, prevents pets from consuming them, and increases the life span and reliability of hearing aids. If the child does not have access to such a product, MI AGBell will provide one for an additional $8.00 charge. This will be the child’s to keep, and to use with their own hearing aid(s) after the loaner hearing aids are returned.
The signed requester is responsible for returning the aid(s) when the child’s no longer needs them. Cost of lost or not returned hearing aids will be $50.00 each, billed to the responsible party.
The loaner program length generally runs from 30-90 days. For extended lengths of time, extenuating circumstances need to be presented, and MI AGBell Program Director has the final decision regarding length of time.
View all of the hearing aids we have available:
Hearing Aid Inventory
Submit an application to receive a loaner:
Hearing Aid Loaner Request Form