Lions Clubs International Foundation/Rexton Program for Low-Cost Digital Hearing Aids
Editor: The Lions have long been supporters of folks with hearing loss, and have been offering hearing aid assistance for many years. Here’s an update on a program they’re conducting in cooperation with Rexton.
The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), in partnership with Rexton, Inc., is offering two digital hearing aids through Lions hearing programs and Lions clubs. This pilot program is only for individuals in the United States with hearing loss who are unable to purchase hearing aids due to their limited income. .
This announcement is being sent to numerous nonprofits serving people who are deaf or hard of hearing by Jimmy Ross, the Chairperson of the foundation.
The hearing aid program is rooted in the desire by Lions club members and audiologists to serve low-income people with hearing loss. The Lions act as a conduit between audiologists and hearing aid recipients. Typically, the audiologist is asked to test the patient, make ear molds, program the hearing aids and provide follow-up visits. The audiologist and Lions club agree on the charges for services, which are paid by either by the Lions club or other sources. (Eligibility for the program is limited to people at up to 200% above the federal poverty level). Hearing aids are shipped directly to the audiologist after they are manufactured by Rexton.
For information about the aids offered by the program: www.lcif.org.
Click on “Grants and Programs”
The Lions Clubs International Foundation is just beginning this program, so Lions clubs in your area may or may not be participating.
To contact a club and see if they are participating: www.lionsclubs.org,
Click on “Club Locator” (found on the left navigation of the screen under Members)
The website makes it time-consuming to search populous areas like Northern Virginia, which have many clubs, because each time you click “Club Locator,” you must click to show you agree not to use information for commercial purposes or solicitation. Then you will be allowed to search by club name, state or province or country. Clicking on “state” will bring you to another screen where you choose your state from a menu. Then you will get yet another screen where you choose a letter of the alphabet for the list of clubs that start with that letter. Every time you select a club to get further information, you will have to go back and start all over at the “Club Locator” screen to search for another one.