Never underestimate a group of individuals dedicated to a cause– in this case, we’re making changes so that those who use hearing aids can get coverage from insurance companies. Many people are often surprised to discover that the majority of insurance companies do not pay for hearing aids.
So come and join us in the push to make Illinois the leading state in providing hearing aid coverage to individuals of all ages.
Dennis is the past president of West Suburban Association of the Deaf. He is married to Laura O’Brien and they have a son. Both Dennis and Laura work for the county of Dupage and are life long hearing aid users.
Julie currently works as a Deaf Services Coordinator at the Dupage Center for Independent Living. She is married to Jim Chavez and they have two sons. Both Julie and Jim wear hearing aids.
Jennifer and her husband, Scott are the parents of two children who wear hearing aids. Jennifer and her family and friends were the force behind the HEARD campaign. HEARD was instrumental in gaining support for HB 5600, a bill that would have provided hearing aid coverage for children in Illinois. She is now serving on the committee of Hearing Aid Action which seeks insurance coverage of hearing aids for people of all ages.
Julie is the mom of a young daughter who wears hearing aids. Julie’s story was published in the Chicago Tribune (Perspectives; November 25, 2007) where she chronicled her daughter’s journey with her new “hearing maids”.
Karen is a deaf mom to three deaf and hard of hearing children. Her husband, Joe is also deaf. Karen’s daily challenges include managing ten hearing aids in a house with a dog who loves to chew them.
Ann is a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students in Joliet. Ann is involved with the Hearing Loss Association. A life-long hearing aid wearer, she has added a cochlear implant to her collection of hearing devices.
Hearing Aid Action
PO Box 4161
Wheaton Illinois 60189