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  1. HEAR for Kids Lylis Olsen, MS, MPH Audiologist

  2. HEAR for Kids • Permanent Hearing Aids • Low income • Not Medicaid or SCHIP eligible • Audiologists choose the best aid at the best price to meet the child’s needs • Vouchers for evaluation • One time evaluation including ABR or behavioral • For those kids who are “stuck” • One time medical for hearing aid clearance • Loaner hearing aids

  3. Loaner Hearing Aids • NO financial or legal residency restrictions • Children stay with their community pediatric audiologist • The audiologist and the family make the decisions • The pediatric audiologists determine policy and maintain the program • The program manager’s job is to say “yes” as often as possible

  4. Filling Gaps in EHDI • Hearing aid fitting starts with diagnosing audiologist • No waiting on: • pre-authorizations, • qualifying, • deductibles or • appealing insurance decisions. • Allows for: • trying more than one aid • refining fit as loss is better defined • progressive losses, • changing technology and • waiting on cochlear implants

  5. Who Uses Bank? • Pediatric audiologists • 49 are registered to use online request • 25 use infrequently (1-2 times per year) • 3 facilities (7 audiologists) most frequent • Families • First hearing aids after ID • No financial restrictions • No legal residency restrictions • Cochlear Implant Trial • Try new/different technology

  6. Loaner Aids • 20 to 50 available at any one time • >20 requests each month • Approximately 200 in the bank • Purchase 30 or more new aids each year • New technology • Purchased as requested • More if money is available • ~20 lost each year • Self insured • No penalty to families or audiologist • Many show up somewhere else in the system • 10 or more “retired” each year to adult program

  7. Widex Senso P38 Senso C-18, 8, 9, 19 Diva Vita Bravo Unitron Unison Oticon Sumo Gaia Tego Atlas Phonak Maxx Valeo Aero Claro Extra Aids Available

  8. Special Aids • FM system • Portable soundfield • BAHA • Bone conduction aids • Frequency compression aids AVR/Sonovation • CROS

  9. Online reserve • Auto generates email to PM • Stored in database • Field for comments/requests • Earmold • Clip

  10. Earmolds At the discretion of the audiologist As often as needed Accounts All American Emtech Microsonic Pacific Coast Westone Hearing Aids Ordered as requested Accounts AVR-Sonovation Oticon Phonak Starkey Siemens Unitron Widex Others as needed Purchasing EAR Foundation account numbers Assigned purchase order number Order placed by audiologist and shipped to audiologist PO within 48 hours - HA shipped in one week

  11. Fitting Form • for high use clinics • also in a fill-in form to keep in child’s record • allows aids to move quickly from one child to another • Advance PO#s for earmolds • High use clinics • Saves time for manager and audiologist

  12. Sorted by Audiologist • Facilitates nagging • Could be used to extend loan period

  13. Costs

  14. Funding • Event raises $20,000 per year • Part of renewable grant from St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (private Arizona foundation) • Donated hearing aids • Private cash donations

  15. Thank you Your organization made it possible for my son to get a temporary hearing aid and what a difference it has made! In 2 weeks he will have his permanent one and now I have no hesitations regarding him wearing one. Thank you for being there.