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Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program (SHARP)

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Purpose

SHARP is a non-profit program funded by the Sertoma civic clubs.  They accept donations of used hearing aids. These hearing aids are then recycled to provide hearing aids to qualified low-income people living in Oklahoma for a one-time fee.

Contact(s)

Diana Higgins,
SHARP
c/o TSHA
8740 E 11th St, Ste A
Tulsa, OK  74142
(918) 832-8742 (V/TTY)
(888) 311-3523 (V/TTY)
(Oklahoma Only)
FAX: (918) 834-4329
http://www.tsha.cc/
resources/

Financial Criteria

  • Low Income

Eligibility

  • Live in Oklahoma or reside in the four specific counties in Kansas; Montgomery, Labette, Wilson or Chautauqua;
  • have a hearing loss of at least 30 db in the better ear; and
  • low income.

AT Services Provided/Covered

  • Advocacy/Other
  • Information & Referral

AT Devices Provided/Covered

  • Aids for Hearing Impaired

Application Process

  • Complete the application form available on the website, or contact TSHA. Application process is also available on the website.
  • Must be willing to document financial need with tax returns, check stubs, etc.
  • If currently residing in a nursing home, complete and return the Nursing Home Questionnaire.
  • Attach your $50 processing fee with your application or request a fee waiver in writing, on application. (Fee will be returned in the event you are determined ineligible).
  • Attach a copy of a recent (within 6 months) hearing evaluation by an audiologist.
  • Take care of any medical problems indicated by the hearing evaluation.

Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Make an appointment with an audiologist to receive a thorough hearing evaluation. A list of participating SHARP audiologists is available by contacting SHARP.
  • Many audiologists can file with Medicare to cover a portion of the testing cost.
  • The one-time $50 processing fee helps stretch the civic club funds as far as possible. However, Sertoma does not want the fee to prevent anyone who needs a hearing aid from applying.  If the applicant cannot afford the fee, please note on the application “Please consider me for a fee waiver.”  The Board will consider this request.
  • Wait for notice of approval by the SHARP Board.  Since this is an all-volunteer board, they meet once a month. All applications received during the previous month will be considered at that time.
  • If an applicant is denied for any reason the $50 fee will be refunded.
  • Return the aid to SHARP if it is no longer being used, so someone else can benefit from the aid.