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Hearing Loss and Deafness Chapter

Visit the Disability Manual for an overview, identification and diagnosis, classroom challenges, instructional strategies, interview questions, testing accommodations, case studies, English language learner (ELL) applications, national resources, website links and bibliography. Click here to go to the chapter.

Hearing Loss and Deafness

Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adult Basic Education Information

Deaf ABE Classes

For more information about working with deaf or hard of hearing adult students, please contact:

Deaf Adult Basic Education Program
CSD of Minnesota
2800 Rice Street, Suite #154
St. Paul, MN 55113
651-487-8865 Voice/TTY

Peggy Camp, Outreach Specialist/Accountability Coordinator
MN Deaf Adult Education Program
Videophone: 651-964-2051
Voice callers: 800-778-4119
TTY: 651-487-8861
Z-4 videophone: 651-317-7139

Deaf Culture

About.com - magazine dealing with all topics in the area of deafness and deaf culture. www.deafness.about.com

Sign Media Incorporated - resources on deafness/deaf culture. Has great links to various aspects of deafness, deaf culture, art, etc. www.signmedia.com

The Deaf Resource Library - links on a large variety of subjects in the area of deafness. www.deaflibrary.org

Deafdigest - America's Unique Deaf Stories - Listing of elite athletes and fall collegiate athletes. www.deafdigest.com

Deaf Resources

Assured Access is a program that confirms household income level and provides Hennepin County residents with a list of clinics that charge for outpatient services on a sliding fee scale. Assured Access is not medical insurance. Clinics base their charges on a sliding fee scale according to income. Discounts range from 25 - 100%; clinics determine the discount.

hennepin.us/portal/site/Hennepin … 114689RCRD

Courage Center, Hearing Loss Support Group - The Hearing Loss Chapter of America, is a nonprofit, non-sectarian educational organization is devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, but are committed to participating in the hearing world.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, MN Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (MCDHH) www.dhs.state.mn.us

Deaf and Hard of Hearing.com - provides sponsored listings for goods and services.

Equipalife Micro Loan Program
Assistive Technology of Minnesota
P.O. Box 310
Maple Plain, MN 55359-0310
763-479-8239 (Voice) or 1-866-535-8239 (Voice)
1-800-627-3529 or 7-1-1 (Minn. Relay for TTY users)


Here is a quick snapshot of the criteria for application for the Micro Loan Program:

  • Minnesota resident
  • Disability Diagnosis
  • The loan is for the purchase of Assistive Technology devices and services

Description: The Micro Loan Program was one of the first services offered by Equipalife. This program provides low-interest loans to disabled individuals who do not have the money to pay for the Assistive Technology devices and services they need. After receipt of the loan the individual is able to make payments with an installment plan that fits their budget.

Harris Communications - "the one-stop shop for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Harris Communications, Inc. is a mail order catalog company which was established in 1982 by Dr. Robert Harris. Dr. Harris is a member of the deaf community and began as a local distributor of assistive devices for the deaf in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area."

Hearing Aid Purchasing Assistance

  1. The Disability Linkage Line-may be able to provide resources about assistance in purchasing hearing aids.
  2. Minnesota Help -is online access to statewide community resources and has a link specifically for disabilities. www.minnesotahelp.info
  3. Telephone Equipment Distribution Program. The TED Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan. Available equipment include Captel phones, light flashing ring signalers, TTYs, amplified telephones, loud ringers, hands free speakerphones and more.

Community Service Clubs

(Directory of Minnesota-Dakotas Divisions and Clubs)

Lions Club
(Directory of MN Clubs) or contact Sarah Barker at 612-625- 8437 (Voice)

(Directory of MN Clubs)
Eligibility: Community members living in the area served by the Service Club.

Description: Some Community Service Clubs are able to assist people with the cost of purchasing hearing aids and assistive devices – but not all clubs give monies directly to individuals. You will need to contact the Service Club(s) in your area to see if they have funds available for community members.

Crippled Child Relief, Inc.

P.O. Box 16502
Minneapolis, MN  55416-0502
Email:  contact@goldencrutch.org
Website:  http://ccrgoldencrutch.org

Eligibility: Anyone of any age

Description: Can help anyone of any age - low to medium income levels. The first Wednesday of each month (September through May) a committee reviews financial assistance applications for hearing aids, ALDs, etc. Applicant will be contacted if approved for the funds. NOTE: Crippled Child Relief, Inc. cannot pay for the full cost of hearing aids.

Hearing Aids - Low Cost

HEAR NOW Foundation
Starkey Hearing Foundation
1-800-648-4327 (Automated Voice Line)
1-800-328-8602 – should call to go over the application before submitting
6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Contact: Joanita Stelter

E-mail: contact_us@sotheworldmayhear.org
Website: www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org

Eligibility: Anyone of any age

Description: HEAR NOW became a part of the Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1999. It is a domestic assistance program for those with very low income. Individuals applying must be residents of the United States and qualify under the National Poverty Guidelines for assistance. For each hearing aid requested there is a non-refundable processing fee required. The client is responsible for the cost of the evaluation/assessment by the hearing healthcare provider, batteries, and cost of repairs once the first year warranty has expired. Total price is $125 for one hearing aid; $250 for two hearing aids.
NOTE: If you do not have a hearing health care provider or if they have stated they will not waive their fees for fitting the hearing aids, the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences of the University of Minnesota has graciously agreed to provide this service. To schedule an appointment, contact the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at 612-624-3322. Remember to tell them that you are applying for the HEAR NOW Program. If you do not have a recent audiogram to bring to your appointment, you will need to have your hearing tested. Be sure to ask how much it will cost you for a hearing test.

Hennepin County services for uninsured or under insured individuals. Auditory exam/low cost or free medical services.
hennepin.us/portal/site/Hennepin … 114689RCRD

Military Veterans

Veterans Affairs

Contact: Veteran’s Service Officer at your county courthouse or call the Audiology Clinic at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center at 612-725-2000 (Voice) or the St. Cloud VA Medical Center at 320-252-1670 (Voice)

Eligibility: Generally, hearing aids and eyeglasses are not provided when the hearing and vision loss is the result of aging. However, if you are service-connected with a disability rating of 10% or greater they will be provided. Non service-connected hearing aids and eyeglasses may also be provided in special circumstances. 

Description: Audiological testing, hearing aids, and/or assistive listening devices.  

Information about Hearing Aid Financial Resources found at :

Magazine online dealing with all topics in the area of hearing loss.

Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Northpoint Health and Wellness Center - Patients without insurance will not be turned away. If you are a low-income patient, you may be eligible for one of our reduced fee programs. For an appointment, call 612-543-2522.

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis MN 55411

Provides information on events happening in the Minnesota Deaf community


Deaf Statistics and Education

Midwest Center for Post secondary Outreach 

Dealing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in the Workplace

Communication Service for the Deaf
2800 Rice Street, Suite # 154
St. Paul, MN 55113

Fairview Recovery Services

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programming
2450 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

(800) 282-3323

Hearing Aids

Starkey Laboratories - "Hearing is Our Concern, Quality is Our Commitment."

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