In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly approved an appropriation to fund Indiana Code IC 16-35-8, the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana (HAAPI). This fund was appropriated to the Indiana State Department of Health and their Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE). This fund will provide approximately 300 hearing aids each year. Hear Indiana was awarded administration of HAAPI through RFI 16-014.
Children with hearing loss are eligible for HAAPI, if all of the following are true:
- they are enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade.
- a physician has provided medical clearance.
- they have not received funding from HAAPI in the previous three years.
- they do not have sufficient coverage through public or private insurance.
All hearing aids purchased by HAAPI must be prescribed, fitted, and dispensed by a licensed audiologist who has registered to participate in HAAPI.
Note: Priority in this program will be given to those applicants under the age of 14.
If your application for a hearing aid through HAAPI is denied, you have the right to appeal this decision. You will receive a denial letter in the mail from the Indiana State Department of Health Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education detailing the appeals process.