Better Hearing. Better Living.

Hearing Education and Assistance Resource connects qualified Middle Tennesseans with financial assistance for obtaining hearing aids.

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Different Needs, Different Programs.

We help refer patients to a variety of different assistance programs. Contact us to decide which program is best for you.

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Reconnect with family and friends.

At HEAR Nashville, our goal is to remove the barriers that hearing loss can create in your life.

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These volunteers make it possible.

E-mail us or leave us a voicemail and a trained volunteer will contact you shortly to get started on the application process.

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How We Help

  • Referrals to Assistance Programs
  • Hearing Screenings
  • Community Education
  • Hearing Health Resources

Referrals to Assistance Programs

How does it work? There are a couple of easy steps you must follow to get assistance through HEAR Nashville:

  1. Leave us a message at our call center with your name and phone number. A trained volunteer will return your call in a timely manner. OR, you may e-mail us at

  2. The volunteer will ask you a couple of questions to determine which assistance program might be best for you. Then, we will e-mail you instructions about how to apply for the program, get a hearing test (if needed), and finish the fitting process. If you have questions about your application at any please, please give us a call or an e-mail!
  1. After you have finished your application, you will make an appointment with the audiologist you are referred to by the Call Center. She will talk to you about the hearing aid that will be best for you.

  2. After you have completed the applicaiotn process, the audiologist will be in contact with you about scheduling an appointment to have your hearing aids fitted and to learn how to clean and maintain your hearing aids.

Hearing Screenings

All of the assistance programs that HEAR Nashville can connect you with require that patients have a hearing test that is current as of the past 6 months.

If you need to have a hearing test, a volunteer can talk with you about places that offer hearing tests and advise on your options, even if you do not currently have health insurance.

If you have a recent hearing test, it is very important to bring a copy of the test results with you to the hearing aid selection appointment with audiologist Patti Hergenreder.

Community Education

HEAR Nashville has made presentations across the state of Tennessee about our programs and how volunteers may get involved.

We have also provided representatives at community health fairs to speak about hearing loss. Finally,we contribute articles to the Fifty Forward newsletter about hearing health.

If you would like a representative from HEAR Nashville to speak at a facility, or event, please contact us.

Hearing Health Resources

Hearing Bridges

Bridges is proud to serve the Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky through education, services and support, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Audiology Clinic

The audiology clinics within the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center offer a variety of audiological services in the prevention, identification, and assessment of hearing loss.

Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is a statewide special library dedicated to meeting the information and accessibility needs of the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind communities

Nashville Sertoma Club

The Nashville Sertoma club aims to assist the community with hearing health issues, educate the public on the issues surrounding hearing health and to support and sponsor activities that will benefit the community.

TN State University Speech and Hearing Services

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology services are provided through the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University at the Avon Williams Campus in downtown Nashville.

Nashville Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America

The HLAA-Nashville provides support, information, and advocacy for persons with hearing loss and their families. Working with professionals in related hearing health fields, the Nashville Chapter raises public awareness about hearing loss and advocates for appropriate and accessible services.

Chapter meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month (12:00 to 1:00 Potluck, 1:00 to 3:00 Speaker/Meeting) at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1003 Hickory Hill Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076.

How You Can Contribute

HEAR Nashville collects used hearing aids to be repurposed for our patients. We have locations across Tennessee and Kentucky to make donating your hearing aids easy.

Full List of Locations

We welcome any donation to the HEAR Nashville fund. Every dollar donated will be used to help patients obtain hearing aids and all donations are tax deductible.

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If you are interested in volunteering, contact us! We are always looking for audiologists to work with us as well as volunteers who are interested in calling patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Program Questions

How does the referral process work?

After you have left us a voicemail or e-mail, a student volunteer will contact you within 24-48 hours to discuss if you would qualify for one of the assistance programs. If you qualify for a program, we will send you an instruction letter and application with the steps you will need to take in order to apply for a program and complete all of your appointments.

How long does the application process take?

The application and approval process varies for each program, and may also vary in accordance with appointment availability. The average patient takes any where from 3-6 weeks to complete the application, approval, and fitting process.

What assistance programs are available?

We refer patients to two different assistance programs based on different qualification factors. These include the Starkey Foundation Hear Now program and the HEAR LINK assistance program.

What determines if I qualify for an assistance program?

A HEAR Nashville volunteer will ask you several questions about your household, annual income, insurance, and others to determine if you may qualify for one of the assistance programs.

Can children get hearing aids through the assistance programs?

Children are not eligible to receive assistance through the programs; however there are often other options available for obtaining assistance through insurance, school systems, or other programs as well. Contact your insurance company and school system to determine if they could assist you in the purchase of hearing aids.


Hearing Testing / Hearing Aids

Do I need to have my hearing tested?

Yes, all of our programs require that you have a hearing test completed in the last 6 months. If you need to have your hearing tested, a volunteer can send you information about how to set-up this appointment.

How much do hearing aids cost?

The cost of hearing aids ranges from $125-150 for each hearing aid, depending on the program that you may qualify for.

Are payment plans available?

At present, none of our programs offers payment plans for qualified patients.

What kind of hearing aids can I get through the assistance programs?

All programs offer behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. All hearing aids purchased through the assistance programs are brand new hearing aids; they are not recycled or refurbished.

What if I do not have insurance?

We have options available for non-insured patients.

What if I have hearing aid benefits?

Insurance companies will often pay for the hearing evaluation. Some offer a small benefit to pay for the hearing aids themselves. If this is the case for you, your eligibility will depend on the amount the insurance company will pay. Please contact your insurance company to see if your benefit could be used in conjunction with this program.

Where will I go for my hearing aid appointments?

All patients will receive services through a licensed audiologist closest to their homes who is a community partner with HEAR Nashville.


About the Organization

HEAR Nashville stands for your Hearing Education and Assistance Resource. We serve patients in the Nashville are and are a 501c3 registered community organization.

Our organization is staffed by trained volunteers, from within the community and from middle Tennessee's top universities and helps refer people to different hearing aid assistance programs and provide other clinical resources.

HEAR Nashville is always looking to help more people as finances are made available. Please help the cause of HEAR Nashville.


  • Help connect persons with low-income in Middle Tennessee to hearing aid financial assistance programs.
  • Remove the barriers hearing loss creates
  • Collect and repurpose donated hearing aids
  • Increase community awareness and education about hearing loss
  • Participation in Health Fairs, community presentations, invited business and industry classes, etc.
  • Internet-based information about hearing loss, hearing aids, and related issues
  • Printed materials that can be disseminated through audiologists, area medical facilities, pharmacies, etc.


Contact us

By Phone

Please leave us a voicemail at the call center and a trained volunteer will return your call in a timely manner.

  • Local :(615) 442-8333
  • Toll-Free :(877) 354-3271


Send us an email with your name & contact information and we will get in touch as soon as possible.