Chapter 5: Health and Mental Health
Section 8: Hearing Aids
Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission is to give the gift of hearing to those in need, empowering them to achieve their potential.
Information on hearing aids and assistance sources.
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Equipment Distribution Program
To be eligible, a person must:
•Be a resident of the State of Oklahoma
•Be 60 years of age or older for the hearing aid program
•Provide verification (proof) of: 1.Hearing or speech impairment (Not required for hearing aid program)
2.loss severe enough to require use of TTY or amplifier to use the telephone.
•List any other contributing disability
(i.e. blindness, visual impairment, physical disability, etc.) This must be verifiable.
•Income: (See form for details)
•Requests for Captioned Telephones (CapTel) require an audiogram.
Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access (TSHA) is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and provides comprehensive services to the Deaf and hard of hearing communities throughout Oklahoma. Their goal is to increase the independence of people with hearing loss.
TSHA's programs are far reaching. The Interpreter Referral Program provides sign language interpreters for the entire state of Oklahoma including both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Projects with Industry (PWI) offers job placement assistance to qualified individuals and serves a large portion of the state, while the Independent Living and the Information and Referral Programs focus mainly on the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.
Summer Day Camps for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children - children ages 7-13 may attend, and youth ages 14-15 can apply for counselor-in-training positions. A deaf education instructor leads camps, with volunteers assisting. Activities include speakers and hands-on activities organized around a central theme that is different each year. Sign language and voice communications are used.
Independent Living Camp - for deaf and hard of hearing teens ages 14 and up. The camp meets at TSHA and is free. Activities focus on developing independent living skills such as cooking, budgeting, making college arrangements, using transportation, etc. Field trips and fun activities are included.
Deaf Teen Club - for youth of middle-school age and up. The Club meets the third Friday of each month, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and gives deaf and hard of hearing teens a chance to network, connect with peers, learn independent living concepts and have fun.
December Holiday Party - for children and youth who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired; children of deaf adults; siblings and families. Activities include free holiday stockings, games, crafts, prizes, food and a signing Santa.