Charlotte-area consumers who need hearing aids can find low-cost options through the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, a United Way agency that offers a sliding-fee scale depending on a family’s income, size and medical expenses.
Executive Director Shannon Tucker said the agency, which has operated since 1967, provided hearing services to 600 people last year and speech services to more than 3,000 last year.
Depending on a consumer’s income, the agency can provide a new digital hearing aid for as low as $70, Tucker said. The agency also provides a warranty and follow-up services, “everything that we would give to someone who walked in and spent $5,000,” Tucker said.
The agency’s profits from clients who pay full price are used to fund community programs to buy hearing aids for low-income consumers and to pay for screening programs for low-income children to identify and prevent hearing problems. If families don’t qualify for the sliding scale, Tucker said the agency will “work with everybody to find an affordable solution.”
During May, which is Better Speech and Hearing Month, the agency is offering a “buy one, get one free” promotion for hearing aids to those who don’t have insurance coverage.