In March 2012, ERF unveiled the "Help Us Hear" Campaign with a mission to educate the public on the various treatment options for hearing loss and to provide funds for hearing aids and implants for those who cannot afford them. This is a collaborative initiative bringing together the resources of the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota, Audiology Management Group, and various leaders in the hearing equipment industry along with generous and caring individuals in our community. Approximately 16.1% of the population in Sarasota and Manatee counties has hearing loss. While senior citizens are affected the most, recent national studies show that hearing loss among teens and college students is on the increase. 4 out of 5 hearing impaired individuals who need treatment and support do not get it.
The goal of the Help Us Hear Campaign is to raise funds to:
1. Educate the public on the incidence & impact of hearing loss on the individual, the family & society.
2. Educate the public on the prevention of & then treatment options for hearing loss. Because with today’s advanced technologies & the numerous options for help, living with deafness is a personal choice & not a must anymore.
3. Provide financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, surgical reconstructions, or implants, because the gift of hearing should be made available to all, not only to those who can afford it.We hope that you will help us to provide the gift of hearing. We thank you, and the hearing impaired community thanks you. To make a donation to the Help Us Hear Campaign click on the donate button to the right of this page or call 941-365-0367.
Click here to apply for Help Us Hear
SERTOMA Speech & Hearing Foundation
The SERTOMA Speech and Hearing Foundation also offers financial assistance as a payor of last resort to those meeting financial eligibility. The Ear Research Foundation is a provider site for this program. For more information: www.familyhearinghelp.org
Hearing Aid Recycling
The ERF also works with the SERTOMA Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida to recycle your old hearing aids and receive credits toward new devices for local children and adults in need. Although the credits help, there is still more demand for assistance then credited new hearing aids to provide. Please contact us if you would like to contribute hearing aids, or make a financial contribution to provide a world of sound to those faced with a hearing impairment.