Assistive Devices and Resources
Commercial Hearing Centers
This information is compiled by the Tri-County Office on Aging as a courtesy. Its appearance here does not imply Tri-County Office on Aging endorsement of the resources mentioned.
AccuQuest Hearing Center
1651 W. Lake Lansing Rd, Suite 200
East Lansing, MI 48823
12775 Escanaba Dr Suite # 3
DeWitt, MI 48820
Audiology and Hearing Aid Center
7201 W. Saginaw Hwy # 300
Lansing, MI 48917
Hearing Health Center
Sparrow Professional Bldg
1200 E. Michigan Ave #330
Lansing, MI 48915
800 E. Columbia
Mason, MI 48854
1079 S. Old Us -27
St. Johns, MI 48879
1500 Abbot Rd Suite # 400
East Lansing, MI 48823
Free Resources for Hearing Loss
450 Science Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
Local Outreach Educator- Jennifer Weallans
*Free captioned telephone for people with hearing loss
Michigan Relay Service
Michigan Relay is a communications system that allows hearing persons and Deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired persons to communicate by telephone. Users may reach Michigan Relay by dialing 7-1-1.
Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids
Hear Now Program
The Starkey Hearing Foundation
6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Hear Now is a national program providing assistance to acquire free hearing aids through an application and approval process. A network of hearing health care professionals agree to fit identified recipients with new hearing aids. Contact Hear Now at their toll free number to begin the application process.
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301.657.2248 Fax: 301.913.9413
Lions of Michigan Foundation
5730 Executive Dr
Lansing, MI 48911
The Lions of Michigan Foundation provides quality affordable hearing aids for financially struggling Michigan Residents. All applications are prioritized based on overall financial and medical need of applicant. To apply submit the Affordable Hearing Aid Application, a state ID or driver’s license, a copy of a hearing test and proof of the previous year’s income. For a copy of the application for you to complete contact Lions of Michigan Foundation or the Tri-County office on Aging. A completed application and supporting documentation need to be mailed to the Local Lions Representative for the Tri-County area at the following:
PO Box 103
Pigeon, MI 48755
Braille and Talking Book Library
Michigan Library and Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
P.O. Box 3007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507
The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library provides library service in audio or braille format to eligible patrons free of charge. In addition to books and magazine patrons have access to music scores and music books in braille and large print, music-appreciation materials, and instruction materials for various instruments. Patrons do not have to be blind to benefit from services provided. People experiencing a variety of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia and even those currently reading large print materials all potentially qualify for BTBL service.
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
201 N. Washington Square, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box. 30652
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-2062 OR (800) 292-4200
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons provides training and other services to help individuals achieve employment and independence.
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
NFB-NEWSLINE is a free service avaible to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print-disabled. They offer over 400 publications to choose from, emergency weather alerts, seven-day forecasts, job listings, TV listings, retail ads etc. These can be accessed by a touch-tone telephone, a free mobile app, a secure website and a variety of portable players. To subscribe call NEWSLINE or visit their website.
WKAR Radio Reading Service
WKAR Public Media and other MSU Broadcasting Services Dept.
Michigan State University
Communication Arts & Sciences Bldg.
404 Wilson Rd Room 212
East Lansing, MI 48824
WKAR Radio Reading Service is a 24/7 free reading service to individuals who cannot access, traditional reading materials due to visual, physical or cognitive conditions. Content includes newspapers, weather forecasts, novels, grocery and department store ads, community calendar events etc. The program loans qualified individuals a special portable radio free of charge. The radio is pre-tuned and can be used within a 60-mile radius of WKAR’S Okemos/Meridian Township broadcasting tower. For more information or for an application call Brad Walker at (517) 884-4746 or email email@example.com
Disability Network Capital Area
2812 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906
Disability Network Capital Area provides independent living information and links people with disabilities of all ages with avaible services that meet their needs. DNCAP also has an assistive technology program which can demonstrate assistive devices.
Secretary of State Branch Offices
An individual with a qualifying disability is eligible for a disability license plate or parking placard. Michigan law requires that people be blind or have any condition that significantly limits their ability to walk or requires a wheelchair, walker, crutch or other assistive device. Visit your local Secretary of State branch office to apply. An copy of the application can be found on-line at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/bfs-108_16249_7.pdf
There is a section on the application that needs to be completed by your physician, chiropractor, optometrist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.