Sunday, January 22, 2012


Today I want to tell you about Sertoma.  This is a timely post as Sertoma is giving away free hearing aid batteries until supplies last tomorrow, 1/23, at its location in New Port Richey.  Please refer to the upcoming events page for more details.

Sertoma is an organization that provides financial assistance for hearing aids, hearing tests, hearing aid batteries, etc. 

Those with hearing loss know that hearing tests are typically not covered by health insurance.  You may get one annual hearing test, but after that, there is no coverage.  If you have a child like Finn that cannot cooperate through a regular "booth" test, you have to do what is called a sedated ABR.  If your child has hearing aids, you may be required to get 4 of these tests annually.  They can run between $1,500 and $3,000 a pop depending on how long it takes. 

Sertoma can help cut some of the cost.  They have hearing aid loan banks, they conduct hearing exams, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid repair, and hearing aid molds.  Sertoma also helps young adults with hearing loss find jobs.

Sertoma is located at the All Children's Specialty Hospital in New Port Richey, FL.  Some of their services are based on the family's financial needs, but don't let this stop you from completing an application because this is not true for all services.

For those of you looking for an organization to donate to, Sertoma is one of those that really puts your dollars to good use and it is easy to donate to them when you renew your driver's license look for the option to donate $1.00 to them.

Please also keep in mind that if your children is in Early Steps or an early intervention program, there is financial help for hearing aids there too regardless of your income so please check with your coordinator. 

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