Frequently Asked Questions
The specific steps required to receive hearing aids through HAAPI can be found on the Application Information page.
We estimate up to four weeks once the completed application is received along with all the necessary documents.
HAAPI funds may cover one or two traditional, cros, or bone-anchored hearing aids depending on what is most appropriate for the applicant. Included with the fitting, HAAPI also covers a one-time fitting fee and pediatric care kit, as well as one earmold per hearing aid or one unilateral or bilateral softband.
New for those receiving approval for hearing aids as of July 2021 or later, HAAPI covers follow-up appointments annually (365+ days after the initial fitting or previous visit). Follow-up appointments include comprehensive audio, hearing aid check with aided speech perception testing, real-ear verification and programming as needed, and earmold impression/fitting.
Families will be responsible for a portion of the total cost of hearing aids based on family size and income. Every family will pay between $100 and $500 per hearing aid, depending on level of cost participation. This level is calculated based upon household size and income.The cost participation scale can be found here. Parents will be able to use the scale to determine their level of cost participation before submitting an application.
After being approved for hearing aid(s), an invoice will be sent to the family. Payment must be received within thirty (30) days or the application will be closed. Payment can be made online via credit card or by check through the mail.
Participating audiologists can select models from several prominent manufacturers. These include traditional hearings aids and bone anchored hearing aids.
No. There are no out-of-pocket costs for dispensing fees for the families receiving assistance through HAAPI. However, your audiologist may charge you to complete a hearing evaluation if needed. After the initial fitting, your audiologist may bill/charge you their usual and customary rates for follow-up care and and hearing aid adjustments.
If your child is not currently established with an audiologist, you may choose a participating HAAPI provider from the Registered Audiologists. To receive assistance from HAAPI, you must work with a Participating Audiologist.
To receive assistance from HAAPI, you must work with a participating HAAPI audiologist. A complete list of providers is available at HAAPindiana.org. If your child’s audiologist is not currently participating in HAAPI, you may either choose another participating audiologist from the list, or you can ask your current audiologist to become a registered audiologist at no cost. The application to become a participating audiologist can be found on our website.
A birth certificate for children who have not yet in kindergarten or IEP, report card from current school year, or letter from school stating enrollment for school age children. Children who are homeschooled are also eligible to receive assistance from HAAPI. If you child is homeschooled, a copy of homeschool enrollment with the state of Indiana will be required.
Yes. You will need to provide three consecutive pay stubs for all working adults in the household. If self-employed, you must provide your most recent tax return.
Medical clearance for hearing aids must be provided by a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). Often, a child’s pediatrician, family doctor, or ENT will be comfortable signing the medical clearance. If you need assistance obtaining medical clearance, ask your Participating HAAPI Audiologist.If your physician doesn’t have his/her own form, click here to download our medical clearance document. Medical Clearance forms must be signed within six months of the application date.
There is no minimum loss required to receive HAAPI funds. An audiologist must recommend hearing aids.
All hearing aids awarded through HAAPI will have a 3-year warranty that covers one loss time during the warranty period. You will owe the deductible or a nominal fee. Contact your audiologist if you need to use this coverage.
Generally, hearing aids should be replaced every three to five years. Recipients of HAAPI are eligible to apply for assistance every three years.
Indiana code 16-35-8 specifies prioritization of HAAPI funds for children ages 3-13 who have not yet graduated high school. HAAPI Administrators will continuously monitor applicants ages and reserve the right to pause approvals temporarily for children 14 and over at any time to ensure prioritization occurs.
Applicants covered by Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) with hearing loss as their eligible condition can submit their ID card with their application to have cost participation covered.
A HAAPI participating audiologist can assist you with the process of applying for HAAPI funds. Alternatively, please contact Hear Indiana, the HAAPI Administrator, at 317-828-0211 or Info@HAAPIndiana.org.