Some babies are born with hearing problems. Other children are born with normal hearing and begin to have hearing problems as they grow older. You can help your child’s doctor to decide if your child’s hearing needs to be tested. Hearing problems can be temporary or permanent. Hearing problems can happen because of ear infections, injuries, or diseases.
Read the hearing checklist. Find your child’s age. Indicate “yes” or “no” for every item. After you complete the checklist, show it to your child’s doctor. Ask the doctor questions. Talk about the items checked “no”. If you think your child has trouble hearing, tell the doctor right away.
Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) is a free or low cost insurance plan through the Montana Public Health and Human Services. HMK is a free or low-cost health coverage plan that covers the cost of hearing services and hearing instruments. The plan provides health coverage to eligible Montana children and teenagers up to age 19. A child can qualify for HMK based on family size and income. There are no pre-existing condition limitations. Some parents share in the cost of their children’s health care by paying a small co-payment when care is received. However, total co-payments for a benefit year are capped at a very low fee.