The Wisconsin Infant & Children's Statewide Hearing Aid Exchange Service (WISHES) program loans hearing instruments (hearing aids and/or FM systems) for a six month period to newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children who are not Medicaid eligible or do not have hearing aid insurance coverage (children ages 0-3 will be given priority).
The purpose of the program is to assure that all children identified with a hearing loss have access to auditory development of the brain through high quality hearing instruments soon after identification.
This temporary assistance is intended to bridge the gap between identification of a hearing loss and obtaining the financial means to purchase personal amplification or for children awaiting cochlear implant surgery.
Families can access the program through their clinical audiologist.
No financial criteria other than not having access to personal insurance or state funded medical assistance that covers hearing instruments.
Minimal paperwork, audiologist submits a Hearing Aid Request Form indicating the device/s they are requesting and families must sign a Parent Use Agreement indicating that they may be held financially responsible for loss or damage to the hearing instrument/s.
Additional supports include one package of batteries per hearing instrument and one Parent Care Kit.
Personal FM Systems from Phonak and Oticon are available on a limited basis.
More than 60 children have benefited from the WISHES program since its inception in 2009.
Click here to download the WISHES Program brochure.
For additional Information, please contact:
Educational Audiology Consultant
WISHES Program Coordinator
WI Educational Services Program for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) Outreach
124 2nd Street #11
Baraboo, WI 53913
The WISHES program is a collaborative effort between the multiple agencies and programs listed below:
Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) - Outreach
Wisconsin Sound Beginnings Program
University of Wisconsin-Stout – Assistive Technology Resource Center