Our Story

Our daughter was born with a bilateral moderate-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss. Thankfully, due to newborn screening in the state we lived in at the time, it was caught early, because early intervention is key to the development of language for children. If left unaided, hearing loss can negatively impact educational, social, and emotional development as well.  

About three years ago, I felt a nudge on my heart to do something that would make a difference for children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing and want amplification. With guidance from my faith, and help from family and friends, we created Hear 2 help in 2017.  Our organization partners with providers to identify children who may go without assistive technologies, due to the fact most insurance does not cover the cost of hearing aids. We then provide financial assistance, directly to the provider, to make the purchase possible. We currently serve the entire state of Kansas as well as the greater Kansas City metro area.

Hear 2 help’s mission is to provide financial assistance for hearing aids & assistive technology so these children have a strong foundation to reach their full potential.  Our vision is that every child who wants amplification has access to hearing aids.  Hearing aids are a big financial commitment—not only because they are very expensive, but because they are not a one-time purchase; typically they last only 4-6 years. Hear 2 help grows awareness of the issues facing families who deal with these circumstances and raises funds to provide assistance. We are a 100% volunteer-ran 501(c)3 based in Overland Park, KS.

Our family has seen firsthand the impact of early intervention. It is huge and we feel truly blessed by it.

Terri Steinlage
Co-founder

Terri Steinlage

Board Member 

Terri@Hear2helpkc.org 

Terri wears many hats at Hear 2 help. As the co-founder/executive director/board member, she coordinates,  organizes and works with the families, partner providers and the amazing Hear 2 help volunteer team. She spreads  the word about our organization, so that we can provide a hand up to families financially and get their children the  hearing aids and assistive technology they need. She’s a mom on a mission so that no child goes without. The  things she loves most about serving are making a difference in the lives of children—and receiving updates about  the children they’ve helped. As the parent of a child who is hard-of-hearing (and who is also the inspiration for  Hear 2 help), Terri recognizes the huge impact early intervention can make on the life of a child who is deaf/hard of  hearing.

Chris Steinlage

Board Member 

Chris@Hear2helpkc.org 

Chris assists the other Hear 2 help board members and our team of volunteers throughout the year, planning and  executing our fundraising activities. He also serves as an advisor to the executive director of the organization. His  most rewarding part of Hear 2 help is the letters and emails from parents or children after they have received new hearing technology. As the parent of a daughter who was born hard-of-hearing, Chris recognizes the difference  hearing aids can have on a child—something that is hard to put into words. When he’s not volunteering for Hear 2  help, he works as a strategic business advisor. At home, he enjoys outdoor activities, DIY projects, and making  dad jokes that his wife and daughter tolerate. (And if you didn’t catch the same last name, his wife is our other co founder, Terri!)

Karon Martin

Board Member 

Karon@Hear2helpkc.org 

Karon’s role at Hear 2 help is focusing on finding creative methods to fund the prohibitively high cost of children’s  hearing aids. She found her purpose at Hear 2 help, because our mission hits close to home—her youngest  daughter was born with bilateral conductive hearing loss. After years helping the local school district with hearing  and vision testing, she saw the poor classroom engagement in kids who were hard-of-hearing. The dilemma  became her calling to give back—to ensure that kids don’t fall behind in learning just because they can’t afford  amplification devices. When she’s not working on behalf of the families we help, she’s working on behalf of her  own—with three daughters in college at the same time (along with two dogs and a Type A husband), it’s a more than-full-time job in its own right.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

– Helen Keller