Hearing Needs in South Carolina
The Affordable Hearing Aid Program provides hearing aids to to under insured, low income SC residents.
Listening to Client Needs
One of the health complications associated with vision loss is hearing loss. This combined deterioration of senses can create further isolation and depression in clients. In response to a growing demand for hearing aids from clients, LVS created the Affordable Hearing Aid Program in 1976.
The applicant is responsible for the cost of obtaining a hearing test on their own. The hearing test or “audiogram” must be less than six months old.
Applications are only available from the offices of Lions Vision Services. To apply, clients must send a recent audiogram to the LVS office, including the client’s name and address before an application can be sent. Applicants have 60 days from the time they were mailed the application to complete and return the forms. In addition to the signed and completed forms, the applicant must provide proof of the income and expenses for everyone in their household. The applicant must have been a resident of South Carolina for at least six months.
Once LVS receives a completed application package along with proof of income and expenses for the household, the application will be reviewed. This process could take up to eight weeks. The applicant will be notifed of their application status after staff review.
This program offers financial assistance to clients of up to $1,500 per ear to assist low-income residents in obtaining an appropriately prescribed up-to-date hearing aid from one of our partner audiologists. LVS will cover the costs of molding fees, fitting fees, and a warranty, plus the cost of the hearing aid, up to $1,500 per ear.
Those who have received assistance through the program may apply once every three years if in need of additional help with hearing aids.