June 13, 2007

Oticon Pediatrics has unveiled a program designed to assist hearing care professionals in providing care for infants and toddlers newly identified with hearing loss. The national Loaner Bank Program will provide hearing instruments to children, ages birth to three years, who are in need of immediate amplification when amplification is not readily available.  Such delays can occur when children are awaiting third-party reimbursement approval or undergoing cochlear implant evaluation.

“At Oticon, we believe that all children with hearing loss deserve every opportunity to achieve their full potential,” says Peer Lauritsen, President of Oticon, Inc.  “We recognize that when delays occur, speech and language development can be disrupted.  This program is a direct response to the many dedicated hearing care professionals who share our commitment to putting the needs of children with hearing loss first.” 

The Loaner Bank provides hearing instruments for a 3-month period to children under the age of 3 while arrangements for third-party reimbursement are secured or while cochlear implant evaluation is underway. A range of Oticon hearing instruments will be offered. An EarGear hearing aid retention device will be provided with each loaner hearing instrument order.
 
To utilize the Loaner Bank, hearing care professionals must have an Oticon account and complete a one-time application to participate in the program.  Upon acceptance, practitioners must verify they have completed training on Oticon fitting software and the available loaner hearing instruments. Hearing care professionals must also submit a request form for each child requesting hearing aids. There is no fee to participate in this program.

For more information about the Oticon Pediatrics  Loaner Bank Program contact Maureen Doty-Tomasula via e-mail, [email protected] or phone 888-OTI-PED1 (1-888-684-7331).