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The Cincinnati Children’s Hearing Aid Trust (CCHAT) strives to provide Ohio children, from birth to age 3, with their first set of hearing aids for free. CCHAT has partnered with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS) , the Quota International of Massillon, OH program "Sound Beginnings," the Regional Infant Hearing Programs (RIHP), Phonak, Oticon, Cochlear and individual sponsors to make this goal a reality.
Early hearing intervention in children with confirmed hearing loss is critical, yet the financial challenges associated with obtaining hearing aids can be burdensome. CCHAT and its partners are devoted to helping families overcome financial obstacles that might prevent their children from receiving hearing aids.
In 2004, the state of Ohio implemented universal newborn hearing screening. Since then, the number of infants identified with hearing loss at birth has doubled. In Ohio, an estimated 450 children a year will be diagnosed with permanent hearing loss that could be managed with hearing aids. Unfortunately, state and federal agencies provide only limited support for interventions such as hearing aids.
As a result, staff at Cincinnati Children’s recognized a need to identify additional sources of funding for children who might otherwise be denied coverage for hearing aids. The known benefits of early intervention (particularly for hearing, speech and language development), underscores the importance of fitting children with hearing aids as early as possible.
Cincinnati Children’s is one of America’s top three children’s hospitals for general pediatrics and is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for our expertise in digestive diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer, neonatal care, heart care and neurosurgery. As one of the three largest children’s hospitals in the United States, we are affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and we are one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Cincinnati Children’s is a national and international referral center for complex cases; children with the most difficult-to-treat diseases and conditions receive the most advanced care, leading to better outcomes.
CCHAT also collaborates with partners outside Cincinnati Children’s, including:
Our Hearing Aid Trust was recently featured on local Channel 12. Donations from the fund helped provide Katie Hodapp with hearing aids. CCHAT provides children in the state of Ohio with their first set of hearing aids free of charge.
Watch Katie's story.
Kelly BrockmanProgram Coordinator CCHAT MLC 2018 3333 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229Phone: 513-636-CHAT (2428) Fax: 513-636-8133Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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