The Issue: Low-Income with Hearing Loss
Nationwide, approximately one out of three people over the age of 65 experiences hearing loss. For the 13% of Lake County residents and the more than 11% of Sumter County residents who live in poverty, the costs of hearing loss—often thousands of dollars—can be insurmountable. This is because Medicare doesn’t cover hearing exams or hearing aids.
The Campaign: Distributing Hearing Aids
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties to provide hearing aids and support to local residents. For every $250 raised, the organization can distribute one refurbished hearing aid to an individual from a low-income background through the Hear Again Assistance program. On top of individualized care that addresses people's individual hearing loss, the program provides hearing exams from a licensed audiologist and support and coping classes.
Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties
There's a lot to do at Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties. In its mission to connect Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired individuals with programs and services that enhance or maintain their way of life, the organization takes a multi-pronged approach. Its Hearing Again Assistance Program, for instance, custom fits clients to refurbished hearing aids after providing screening tests, whereas sign-language classes and interpreting services increase individuals' communication skills. Then there's outreach: an educator from Deaf and Hearing Services raises awareness at public events and informs service providers on the rights of Deaf and hard-of-hearing people.