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

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