Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants – Sound of Life Foundation
If you’re interested in learning more about the Sound of Life Foundation, our process, or how to see if you qualify for assistance, please take a moment to read through these frequently asked questions for applicants and their answers below.
- Can I fill out the application online?
Answer: Yes, we now have an online application that is available in addition to one that can be downloaded and printed.
- Can I still apply if I am under the age of 18?
Answer: No, you must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
- Can I still be accepted if I don’t submit my tax information?
Answer: No, a copy of the most recent year’s Federal Tax Form 1040/1040A is needed. Applications submitted without tax information or with forms that have been altered in any way will not be accepted.
- How do I know if my family meets the income requirements?
Answer: There is a chart available to assist you in determining your financial eligibility by clicking here.
- My spouse and I both need hearing aids. Do I have to submit a separate application for each individual?
Answer: Yes. A separate application, tax and additional income forms is required for each individual who is applying to receive treatment through SOLF. Likewise, if more than one individual is applying to the program, there is a $350 ($175 per ear) processing fee required for each individual.
Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants – Sound of Life Foundation – General Program Questions:
- Why is there a $350 ($175 per ear) processing fee?
Answer: The Sound of Life Foundation requires a processing fee in order to continue to help as many individuals as possible enjoy the sounds of life. This fee also covers the 1-year warranty for hearing devices, a fitting appointment, and 2 follow-up appointments.
- Can I make payments on the required processing fee?
Answer: The processing fee must be paid in full at the time of application submission. However, if the fee cannot be paid in full in certain cases, SOLF will accept partial payments.
- What if I can’t pay the processing fee or make payments?
Answer: If applicants are unable to pay the processing fee or make payments, they may write a letter explaining their extenuating circumstances. SOLF will try to find a sponsor to cover the processing fee, but there is a large possibility that the applicant will be denied for the program.
- Do I have to complete the 36 hours of community service?
Answer: Yes. Applicants who have been approved to receive help through the foundation must complete 36 hours of community service. 12 of those hours must be completed before receiving hearing aids. Hearing aid recipients must complete the remaining 24 hours within 6 months of being fit with devices.
- Am I excused from completing volunteer hours if I have health issues or disabilities?
Answer: Yes. Individuals with health issues or disabilities are excused from completing volunteer hours, however they must find someone who is willing to complete the volunteer hours in their place.