Did You Know?

  • If left unaided hearing loss can negatively impact a child’s language, social/ emotional, and educational development.
  • Currently about 20 states mandate insurance to cover these lifetime costs. Kansas is not one of them.
  • “80% of people who could benefit from hearing aids do not get them.”*
  • “A child with even a mild hearing loss can miss as much as 50% of the classroom discussion.”*
  • The average cost of a pair of hearing aids is $4800 (mid range). That doesn’t include batteries, earmolds, repairs.
  • Hearing aids are not a one time purchase. The functional life of a hearing aid is four to six years.
  • The average out of pocket dollars spent on hearing aids before the age 21, $9,600- $19,200. (Without medicaid coverage)
  • The number of school aged children with some degree of hearing impairment in WY & JO county Kansas is nearly 1000.
  • Average lifetime cost per person (based on 2003 dollars) is estimated at $417,000.**
  • The lifetime educational cost (year 2007 value) of hearing loss (more than 40 dB permanent loss without other disabilities) has been estimated at $115,600 per child.**
  • 93% of babies who are deaf/hard of hearing are born to hearing parents.
  • About 2 to 3 in every 1000 babies in the United States are born with some degree of hearing loss, making it the most common difference found in newborns.

* hearingloss.org

** CDC data and statistics for hearing loss in children.


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

– Helen Keller