KY Hears

Hearing Healthcare Equal Access Reaching Statewide

What is KY Hears?

KY HEARS (Hearing Healthcare Equal Access Reaching Statewide) is a statewide hearing healthcare initiative of Heuser Hearing Institute. Heuser Hearing Institute worked passionately with state Legislators to develop a plan to close the education and achievement gaps for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout the state. Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) promotes the needs of children and adults with disorders of hearing and balance. Our organization has served Kentuckiana since 1948. HHI began as an educational center called the Louisville Deaf Oral School many decades ago. In 2008, Heuser’s scope and mission officially expanded into the Heuser Hearing Institute. Today, the institute includes three facilities: the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, which offers outstanding preschool and kindergarten programs for children with hearing loss and speech disorders; the Heuser Hearing Clinic, which is home to a full-time staff of audiologists serving patients of all ages; and the regional Heuser Early Intervention Program, which provides home-based services for infants and toddlers through the Kentucky and Indiana First Steps programs.

About Us

Since its original inception as the Louisville Deaf Oral School in 1948, Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) has been tireless in serving the hearing needs of Kentuckians. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we became aware of how dramatically underserved many rural Kentuckians are when it comes to hearing healthcare. As a result, HHI identified service level gaps in education and employment for the deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Kentucky. Determined to improve those outcomes, we began a dialogue with the Governor and General Assembly about expanding HHI’s services and developing a program to address the hearing healthcare gap apparent throughout the state. 

How Hearing Works:

Out of that discussion, the KY HEARS program was born, and state funds have now been allocated enabling HHI to develop a program designed to address the need for improved and expanded hearing healthcare services across Kentucky. The KY HEARS project has been granted initial funding for the span of two years. We launched mobile clinics in October 2022 through communities in rural Kentucky that would benefit from expanded audiological care and support. As HHI develops these pilot program partnerships, we plan to visit location quarterly (or more frequently if needed) to provide follow-up services or additional screenings for community members.  

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Our Purpose

The goal of KY HEARS is to remove barriers to care, helping Kentuckians gain equal access to hearing healthcare that can improve student education and reduce employment gaps for those with hearing issues.

Our Services

  • Hearing Screenings
  • Connections with Vocational Rehab
  • Diagnostic Hearing Tests
  • Connections with KCDHH
  • Vestibular Treatment
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Balance Treatment
  • Community Technician Training
  • Cochlear Implants Information/Resources
  • Patient Continuity of Care
  • Pediatric Hearing Tests
  • Community Resource Referrals
  • Hearing Aid Diagnostics

KY Hears Mobile Clinic

Our Next Events

Rockcastle County Clinic

Rockcastle Fiscal Court
205 E. Main St.
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
2/6/24
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Frankfort Hearing Clinic

Kentucky State Capitol
700 Capital Ave
Frankfort, KY 40601
02/13/24
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Montgomery County Hearing Clinic

Montgomery County Health Department
117 Civic Center
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
02/20/24
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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