Cochlear implant financial assistance......m
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Wednesday, July 13th 2011
Two barriers stand in the way of increasing access to cochlear implants: the cost of implantation (including the devices, surgery, and services), and a lack of awareness regarding the needs of cochlear implant candidates and users.
The Gift of Hearing Foundation (GOHF) was established in 2004 to address these barriers. Formed by professionals who have experienced and embraced Cochlear Implant (CI) technology, GOHF aims to enhance cochlear implantation through private funding of cochlear implant research, supporting public awareness and advocacy, and direct financial aid for cochlear implants. The goal of this foundation is to help make cochlear implant technology cost-effective and accessible for people who need it.
In addition to addressing the financial need, the Foundation strives to create a pool of professionals who can support cochlear implant candidates before and after the surgery. The Gift of Hearing Foundation works on behalf of cochlear implant candidates in the USA by advocating for better reimbursements through government and private insurance. The foundation aims to bridge the economic gaps for people who are candidates, so more people can afford cochlear implant surgery and aftercare.
The GOHF has established itself as an advocate for people with hearing impairment by reaching out to the community and attending conferences such as those held by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and the