The Hear Now Program

The Venice Lions Club brings alive a program to assist community members in obtaining hearing aids for those with hearing loss.  Hearing screenings are held monthly in conjunction with the Venice and Englewood Lions Vision-Screening and Eye Care Program.  A big thank you to the providers who participate in our program!

What are the eligibility criteria for the hearing program?

The income qualifications are listed on the application from the Hear Now program (available on line at and start at $18,952/year for a single individual and go up to $64,767/year for a family of eight. Significant assets in other forms may also effect eligibility. These would include checking accounts, money markets, stocks/bonds, savings accounts, etc.

Do I get back the $125.00 application fee if they turn me down?

If you meet the qualification guidelines you will not be turned down. If you do not qualify you will not be approved and the application fee will be returned.

What do I get for $125.00?

An audiological evaluation to determine the hearing loss and appropriate fitting for you. A new Starkey, MicroTech, or Audibel hearing aid with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,250.00 to $4,250.00. A one-year warranty for repairs. Follow up service by the hearing professional who fit you.

What if I cannot afford the application fee?

On a case by case basis the Lions Club or the District will help with the application fee.

What do I have to do to get hearing aids?

Fill out the Hear Now application. Obtain 9-months of bank statements. Get a hearing test from one of the providers on the Lions list. Send the application, statements, test, and payment of $125.00 for each hearing aid requested to the Hear Now Program in Minnesota. Your local Lions list hearing provider should be able to help with most questions.

What if I do not qualify for the Hear Now Program?

The hearing professional can provide discounted hearing aid pricing on an as needed basis or direct you to other assistance such as Medicaid or Vocational Rehabilitation as appropriate.