Hearing Aid Program
About 17 percent of adults in the United States, 36 million, report some degree of hearing loss. This hearing impairment affects their quality of life.
• At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
• 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
• While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
• About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
• Estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.
THE LOCAL PROGRAM
The Shillington Lions Club Foundation in conjunction with Lions District 14P and Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing http://www.bdhhs.org/ has established a local program and made the program available to all Berks County individuals in conjunction with their local Lions Clubs in Berks County. The Shillington Lions coordinates the program for other clubs that wish to provide the service.
HOW IT WORKS
If you are in need of a hearing aid and cannot afford it, contact us. We will explain the program to you and refer you to the appropriate Lions Club and the Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. BDHHS will determine if you qualify for one of the two programs that they offer and process them accordingly. In the event that you do not qualify for one of the BDHHS programs, you will be referred to the Shillington Lions Hearing coordinator who will in turn notify the appropriate Lions club and provide processing assistance to you and the appropriate Berks County Lions club. The Lions Clubs do not charge for this service or the hearing aids.