The FLRLHF collects used hearing aids, has them refurbished, and makes them available to eligible, needy individuals. The Foundation also pays for hearing aid repairs, hearing testing and hearing aid evaluations as needed for people who qualify.
Since the Foundation's beginning over 2,000 people have been assisted through its efforts, and the number continues to grow each month.
Donations and Contributions
The Foundation operates on contributions from local Lions, Lioness, and Leo Clubs. These clubs also collect used hearing aids.
Some of the aids are used for salvage value. We apply this salvage value to the cost of refurbishing the better, later model hearing aids that we dispense to those who apply for our assistance.
What Kind of Hearing Aids Are Available?
The Foundation generally supplies used and refurbished behind the ear hearing aids. These instruments are in good condition and have a good history of rehabilitation.
Please send monetary contributions to:
PO Box 200
Union Springs, NY 13160
How to Apply for Assistance
If you or someone you know would like to apply for assistance all that is necessary is to contact:
Your Local Lions Club
or write to:
Application Processing Center
PO Box 678
Horseheads, NY 14845
An application for assistance will be mailed to you. Return the completed application for processing.
Applications are processed quickly and once approved arrangements can be made with a nearby audiologist for the necessary professional services.
Who is Eligible for Services?
Virtually any child or adult living within the Central, Western, and Southern Tier of New York State can apply for services through the Foundation. It is only necessary to make out an application and to provide a liberal financial disclosure to qualify.
Founded by the Union Springs Lions Club in 1985, the Finger Lakes Region Lions Hearing Foundation is an incorporated 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization and is approved by Lions Clubs International as a Lions Organization, created to serve the needs of persons with hearing loss.
Hearing is the sense that allows us to monitor our environment: around the corner, in back, above and in places where we can't see. It often works unconsciously and keeps us in touch with what's happening all around us.
And hearing is the sense that keeps us in touch with friends and loved ones. It keeps us in social events and allows us to transact our daily business. It keeps us in touch with people.
Helen Keller said: "I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune."
Hearing is precious. It needs to be optimized for those who need hearing help, and so contact can be maintained with the world around them. It is paramount in order to function optimally in every day life and stay in touch with their surroundings and their loved ones.
The Finger Lakes Region Lions Hearing Foundation, Inc. provides a means for people with limited financial resources to be in contact with the people and world around them.