Hearing Aid Program

The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center has partnered with the Department of Human Resources to help UA employees and their dependents access quality hearing aids and related care at a reasonable and fair cost.

The University’s Speech and Hearing Center has been located on campus for 75 years, and has offered unique hearing aid services and benefits to UA employees and their dependents through their hearing aid program for 35 years.

Rebecca Brooks, coordinator of audiological services at the UA Speech and Hearing Center, shares that the goal of the UA Speech and Hearing Center is to find the best hearing aid for patients and pair that with support services at a price that’s affordable for all UA employees and their dependents.

“We provide state of the art hearing devices and support services at a price that’s more competitive,” said Brooks. “When you have to spend out of pocket money, it’s important to have a device that suits your needs, as well as support and service through the life of the device.”

“Hearing aids are not covered under UA’s self-funded health plan which is administered by Blue Cross,” said Emily Marbutt, assistant manager of the HR Service Center. “Employees who need  these types of services will really benefit from using the new hearing aid program and setting aside pre-tax monies using the healthcare flexible spending account.”

The staff at the Center is available to help anyone, whether it be UA employees or the general public, gain a better quality of hearing. “We are open to the public, and will make adjustments to devices that were not purchased at the Center” said Brooks. “We are not profit driven, so we care that the device does well and suits the customers’ needs, not just has bells and whistles.”

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For more information or to schedule an appointment,  please call the UA Speech and Hearing Center at 348-7131.