MCDHH Launches Hearing Aid Distribution Program

New Law Assists Missourians with Hearing Aids

Jefferson City, MO (August 28, 2019)–The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is excited to announce the inception of a new Hearing Aid Distribution Program for low-income Missourians. The program will accept applications from individuals interested in obtaining hearing aids beginning today.

Dr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa, Executive Director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, stated, “The commission hopes to positively impact the lives of those who need hearing aids so that they can be more engaged citizens and involved to a greater degree in their communities.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 101 into law on July 11. The measure creates a statewide hearing aid distribution program for Missourians whose income is at or below the federal poverty level. Senate Bill 101 was Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed by the Missouri legislature on May 14, 2019.

Dr. Sotonwa expressed gratitude to Governor Parson and legislators. “I thank Governor Parson for his action on this bill, as well as Senator Jeanie Riddle and Representative Ann Kelley for their leadership on this issue.”

Interested applicants may direct questions to Kristin Funk, Hearing Healthcare Program Manager, at Kristin.funk@mcdhh.mo.gov or (573) 526-5205 / Toll Free 855-783-3177.

 

Hearing Aid Distribution Program Application

Click here for a PDF application

Contact Kristin.Funk@mcdhh.mo.gov to request another format or a hard copy via US mail

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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