While many states provide funding and/or coverage for amplification devices for children, New Jersey is one of the few that does not. With no state-funding and little to no insurance coverage, families of children with hearing loss in the state of New Jersey are solely responsible for the cost of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Family members of newly-diagnosed children often feel alone and overwhelmed and many of these children have never met another child with hearing loss. That’s where the New Jersey Hearing Foundation comes in…
The New Jersey Hearing Foundation (NJHF) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created to provide support, both social and financial, to children with hearing loss and their families. The Foundation serves as an educational resource for families of newly-diagnosed children and gives children with hearing loss and their families an opportunity to connect and bond with families in similar situations.
One of the long-term goals of the NJHF is to provide financial support for families whom cannot afford the high cost of hearing aids, assistive technology, and other amplification devices. Equipment may include hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids, FM systems, earmolds, equipment repairs, as well as many others.
A Community For Families
The NJHF will also serve as a social support network and community resource for children with hearing loss and their families. Caring for a child with hearing loss is often a new and overwhelming experience for a majority of families. Approximately 90% of children with hearing loss are born to normal-hearing parents. Furthermore, many of these children have never met another child with hearing loss. The Foundation will provide education and support for these families and afford kids with hearing loss and their families the opportunity to connect and bond with other families in similar situations.