Bloomington, Minn — ReSound announced that it has partnered with the Foundation for Sight & Sound to provide hearing aids to Americans in need via its Help America Hear program.
In most US states, Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for hearing aids and neither do many insurance companies. Help America Hear was created in 2009 to help hearing impaired individuals with limited financial resources to afford the hearing care they need. Since then, 130 patients have reportedly received hearing aids through the program.
Mitch Shapiro, the president of Foundation for Sight & Sound, commented in the press release, "There’s a lot of great charity work being done abroad, but so little here on American soil. Our partnership with ReSound is really a grass roots initiative to get hearing aids to those people that cannot afford to buy them.”
Help America Hear relies on pro bono work from hearing professionals, whether it is participating in mission trips, fitting individuals with donated ReSound hearing aids, or simply nominating eligible patients for assistance.
To receive a hearing aid through Help America Hear, the individual must undergo a thorough screening process to ensure that all financial resources have been explored and exhausted. Shapiro interviews each candidate himself, reviews check book statements to determine spending habits, and requires the candidate to sign an affidavit stating that Help America Hear is a last resort.
For more information on how you can support Help America Hear, visit www.gnresound.com/helpamericahear or talk to your ReSound representative.