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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences is an internationally respected program in communication disorders, combining the services of the Bill Wilkerson Center, the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology, and the Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. This grant will increase access to hearing aids, through a Hearing Aid Loaner program, for Middle Tennessee children with hearing loss who rely on state programs for financial assistance. Additionally, the Loaner Program will reduce accessing state dollars to purchase hearing aids for children undergoing cochlear implant evaluations and provide a trial period with an FM system for infants and young children. The Loaner Program will make available 48 hearing aids of varying circuitry and features and 2 FM systems for use by children with hearing loss as loaner equipment until state funding is available to purchase their own. The Program will fit 75 children with custom ear molds and loaner hearing aids during the first year. The loaner aids will continue to be used in the future. It is estimated that 375 children will be served during a 5-year period.