North Carolina residents less than twenty-one years of age are eligible for application to the program. Acceptance is based upon financial need, as determined by the following:

  • Patients seeking hearing aid coverage should not qualify for existing state-funded health care programs (Medicaid, CSHS) which would cover the proposed device or service.
  • Consideration is then given to the following financial aspects of the family:
    • Gross income
    • Number of dependents
    • Number of children with communication disorders
    • Extenuating circumstances, such as additional medical expenses and very high insurance deductibles

The financial criteria are designed to be flexible so that we may include as many children as funding allows.