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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

NEW VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROGRAM LOANS HEARING AIDS TO CHILDREN (RICHMOND, Va.)

When your child has hearing problems, early intervention is important to insure your child does not face delays in his development. The Virginia Health Department is willing to help you and your child to overcome the problems with hearing loss. A new loaner program is being offered by the Virginia Department of Health. If your child needs help with his hearing please look into this program.

From the Virginia Department of Health:


"Children in Virginia who are facing delays in getting permanent hearing aids no longer have to wait. They can now borrow them from the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Hearing Aid Loan Bank.

The loan bank, which started in May, lends hearing aids and FM hearing enhancement systems for up to six months. That initial loan period can be extended for an additional six months in certain circumstances. The program is open to children under age 3 whose hearing loss is confirmed by an audiologist. To qualify, families must be in the process of securing permanent hearing aids through insurance or other means.

The program’s goal is to provide children with temporary hearing aids so they do not experience developmental difficulties while their families work to secure permanent hearing aids for the child."


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