Free and Low Cost Resources
- How the Lions Clubs Help the Hearing Impaired: free and low cost hearing aids.
On Saturday, March 24, 2012, we welcomed Gretchen Olney, President of the Massachusetts Lions District 33-S Hearing Foundation and Dr. Sandra Stumpf-Reams of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich, and local Lions Club officials. They presented an informative picture of how the hearing impaired can obtain free and/or low-cost hearing aids through the Lions' program.
The Foundation's policy is, whatever services are not covered by health insurance will be provided by the Lions Club. For instance, if you have a health care policy that will reimburse for a hearing evaluation, but not for hearing aids, the Lions Club will help provide the aids. If you have insurance that does not provide coverage for the evaluation, then the Lions Club will help with that. They use twice the Federal Poverty Level as a benefit guideline. Applications and instructions can be obtained from any local Club.
There are six Lion's Clubs on Cape Cod: Barnstable-Yarmouth, Chatham-Nauset, Falmouth, Dennis-Harwich, Lower Cape Cod Lighthouse, and Provincetown. Download the 2016 contact information for Cape Cod Lions at the end of this article. It should automatically download and open on your computer when you click on the link. We thank Gretchen for updating the list for us.
Once the application is approved it is forwarded to Dr. Reams who will then do a diagnostic evaluation. If she finds the person is a hearing aid candidate she will choose an appropriate instrument from the Lion's stock of donated aids and send it to be reconditioned. Once the aids are fitted to the customer, there is a one-year service agreement between the Lions Club and Spaulding to cover the cost of any problems that may arise and need audiological care.
The history of Lions Club International was presented by past District Governor Ray Hebert. The Clubs were formed in 1917 by a group of businessmen in Chicago. Their first mission was to be a Chamber of Commerce-type organization. Because WWI was leaving many servicemen's families destitute, instead of promoting their own businesses, they decided to promote charitable pursuits. In 1925 Helen Keller spoke to the international organization and asked them to become her "knights of the blind and the hearing-impaired."
While the Lions now do much more, including disaster relief, drug awareness programs for young people and, recently, going into third world countries with measles control, still, their first goal is to help people with vision and hearing problems.
In 1978, the Lion's District 33-S Hearing Foundation was incorporated to purchase, collect, repair and maintain hearing equipment, aids, instruments and devices. It is an organization capable of receiving donations of funds and other material contributions on a non-profit basis for the use and and maintenance of the equipment and hearing aids. It also provides scholarships and funds designed to further the objectives of the Foundation.
Used hearing aids of all types can be put in the Lions collection boxes for eyeglasses, in many local libraries, senior centers and opthamalogist offices. You can also prearrange for pickup of used hearing aids by calling the Spaulding Rehab centers in Yarmouth or Orleans, which will deliver to Dr. Reams in Sandwich.
The first step to obtain free and low cost hearing aids is to contact your LOCAL LIONS CLUB. Download the information here, or check the telephone directory.
Cape Lions Clubs 2016.pdf
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- free phones and other equipment from mass edp
Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program
The Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program (MassEDP) is a service that provides residents with a permanent disability access to the telephone network in their homes. By offering specialized
telephones for free or at a reduced cost, depending on income, this program fosters independence, empowerment, and freedom of choice.
- Project Endeavor
Free broadband internet access and several types of cellphones are available, along with other help. Apply soon -- the grant runs out this year. Project Endeavor’s website explains the eligibility requirements. Website: www.projectendeavor.com
Contact June Barrett, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocate at CORD, 106 Bassett Lane in Hyannis. She is an expert on available help for area residents.
Phone V/TTY 508.775.8300 / 1.800.541.0282
The CaptionCall telephone connects to your internet connection, either wireless or with a cable. There is no charge for captioning--that is paid for from a special tax on all telephone users' bills. The phone works with an internet connection so that both incoming and outgoing calls are captioned. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information or check out the informative website, www.captioncall.com
- Captel Phone
For Massachusetts residents, the 840i (internet connection needed) or an 800 model for $99.00, a $595 value. The 840i captions both incoming and outgoing calls.
or call (800) 233-9130 (V/TTY)