Young boy with hearing aid

Founded in 2011, Let Georgia Hear is a parent-led initiative working to ensure that every parent in Georgia can provide access to hearing aids for their children.  Many Georgia families are unable to provide hearing aids for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to improve access to their children’s communication.  Hearing aids can cost as much as $6,000 per pair and must be replaced every 3-5 years.  This is the equivalent of roughly $42,000 per child who requires hearing aids before they reach the age of 21 – a hardship for any Georgia family regardless of household income.

Over the past few years, HUGE strides have been made in helping families provide hearing aids to their children.

  • In 2014, Governor Nathan Deal increased insurance coverage in the State Health Benefit Plan to cover the cost of children’s hearing aids assisting over 650,000 Georgians.
  • In 2015, the Public Service Commission voted unanimously to expand the Lions Lighthouse Children’s Hearing Program assisting families in need of hearing aids. To date the Lions Lighthouse has helped over 100 children obtain hearing aids.
  • On May 8th, 2017, Governor Deal signed the “Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act” requiring privately insured companies to cover the cost of hearing aids and bone anchored hearing aids up to $3,000 per device every 48 months.
  • In 2017, the University System of Georgia voluntarily changed their health benefit policy to include coverage for children’s hearing aids even though as a self-insured company they are not mandated to do so by the “Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act”.