The Hearing Foundation, legally registered as Ear of the Lion Foundation of California & Nevada Inc. is a non-profit that reconditions hearing aids. The eligibility requirements are:
- Have hearing problems
- Not be eligible for government assistance programs
- Annual Household income must be less than the following: Family of 1, $22,540; Family of 2, $30,485; Family of 3, $38,430; Family of 4, 46,375; Family of 5, $54,300, and going up in increments of approximately $8,500 per additional dependent
- If annual income is more than the amount previously listed, the foundation may provide assistance depending on circumstances. Potential clients over the limit are asked to include a hardship letter, which is then reviewed by the Board of Directors.
- The client must also be a U.S. citizen or legally reside in the U.S.
Once the applicant has been approved for assistance, they must pay a non-refundable, one-time fee of $150 per hearing aid loaned. To apply for the program please visit their website to fill out an application.