14 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Pittsburgh This year, 2017, the Birmingham Free Clinic in the South Side the Squirrel Hill Health Center currently assist with hearing aids on a sliding scale. Birmingham: (412-481-7900 x 281); Squirrel Hill: (412-422-7442) Lion’s Club*, Rotary Club and Twilight Wish Foundation: These organizations may support an applicant on a case by case basis. To obtain details, reach out the branch in your county. Medical Assistance: In Pennsylvania, children under the age of 21, qualify for hearing aids through Medicaid. Contact County Social Services to determine eligibility for Medicaid. Office of Vocational Rehab: Prospective and current college students and other people of working age may qualify for assistance from state vocational rehabilitation agencies. Contact your County for more details or the Pittsburgh office. (412-392-4950) Veteran’s Affairs: Veterans of military service may qualify for assistance with hearing aids. Contact the medical facility for the appropriate branch of the military. Financing: When income is too high to qualify for the above listed programs, financing is another way to make hearing aids more affordable. For low interest financing check into the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation: (484-674-0506) https://patf.us/. With any program that assists with financial aid, it can be a process to get all the information gathered and there is generally a waiting period for approval. In the meantime, consider investing in a low cost amplifier like a pocket talker or loaning devices from the lending library managed by Temple University, Institute on Disabilities (800-204-PIAT). Article provided by Dr. Suzanne Yoder, HearWell Center, located in Forest Hills in the “PNC Bank Building” on corner of Yost and Ardmore Blvd (Rt 30). Call 412-254-8942 or visit www.hearwellcenter.com for more information.