Turner syndrome is a condition in which a girl or woman is partially or completely missing an X chromosome. According to the National Institutes of Health, it can cause infertility and heart problems and alter a female’s appearance. Those with Turner syndrome (TS) also have a high prevalence of problems with hearing.
Conductive Hearing Loss among those with Turner syndrome is estimated to be as high as 80 percent. While Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) affects as many as 90% of the Turner syndrome population. SNHL often appears in late childhood or early adulthood and is progressive, meaning the hearing loss generally worsens with age.
Most cases of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids. That’s why the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance (TSGA) supports the Hearing Aid Project to make it a priority to share the joy of hearing. TSGA’s sponsorship helps provide hearing aids to girls and women with TS who cannot afford hearing aids.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with TS and would like to apply for a TSGA-sponsored hearing aid, please review the qualifications below and complete your application today.
If any of these apply to you, continue below to see how to participate in the National Hearing Aid Project.
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Once accepted into the program, recipients will be asked to share their story to help pay it forward so that others may participate in the project. This personal online fundraiser will be short, and gives friends and family the opportunity to help.
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Hearing Charities is fortunate enough to have a trusted network of audiologists and clinics who have offered their time and resources to this project. Through as little as three appointments you can be evaluated, fitted, and have a follow up appointment within 6-8 weeks of being accepted into the program.
Your hearing loss will be evaluated so that the proper hearing aid can be chosen from our National Hearing Aid Bank and sent to one of our labs for refurbishing.
If you have already been evaluated within the last 6 months, you can attach your hearing test to your application and move on to the fitting step.
Once your audiologist receives the aid(s) from our lab you will be fitted with your aid(s), and your last required appointment will be scheduled.
During the last visit your audiologist will ensure that your aid(s) is still working properly, and adjustments will be made as needed.
The warranty on the hearing aid begins when it is shipped from the lab to your audiologist. It is important that your fitting be scheduled quickly to allow full use of the warranty.