Assistive Listening Devices include several different items including hearing aids, personal FM systems, sound-field systems, and even "smart" classrooms.
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Who Pays for Hearing Aids?


Did you know that Kentucky Law states that health benefit plans have to cover the cost of hearing aids and cochlear implants for persons under the age of 18? Check out the links below to find out more.
A health benefit plan shall provide coverage, subject to all applicable copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and out-of-pocket limits, for the full cost of one (1) hearing aid per hearing-impaired ear up to one thousand four hundred dollars ($1,400) every thirty-six (36) months for hearing aids for insured individuals under eighteen (18) years of age and all related services which shall be prescribed by an audiologist licensed under KRS Chapter 334A and dispensed by an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist licensed under KRS Chapter 334. The insured may choose a higher priced hearing aid and may pay the difference in cost above the one thousand four hundred dollar ($1,400) limit as provided in this section without any financial or contractual penalty to the insured or to the provider of the hearing aid.

First one is hearing aids, the second is cochlear implants.


http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Statutes/statute.aspx?id=17367

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Statutes/statute.aspx?id=17366

What are Assistive Listening Devices?




Hearing aids

It is a good idea to check the hearing aid every day to make sure that it is working properly and that the student is getting the most benifit from it that he can. Below are some documents that can help you to monitor your students' equipment.


This document provides reasons for conducting daily sound checks as well as the simple steps for performing them. This document is a simple checklist for conducting daily sound checks.
This form is useful for monitoring daily function and documentation of assistive listening devices (hearing aids, FM systems, etc.)


How to do a Hearing Aid Check













FM Systems

FM amplification systems transmit the teacher's voice directly to the student at a constant level, insuring that the teacher's voice is heard above the level of background noise, regardless of the teacher's distance from the student. There are many different models and types of FM systems to choose from










FM Systems
FM amplification systems transmit the teacher's voice directly to the student at a constant level, insuring that the teacher's voice is heard above the level of background noise, regardless of the teacher's distance from the student. There are many different models and types of FM systems to choose from
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Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation
What is the Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC)?
KATLC is a program funded by both private and public money to assist Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain assistive technology to improve their independence or quality of life. The KATLC Board of Directors manages the program.





CARAT- Coordinating and Assisting the Re-Use of Assistive Technology in Kentucky