August 31, 2023
If you're navigating life with hearing loss in New Jersey, know that you're not alone. The state offers a wide array of services and technologies designed to help you communicate more easily and enhance your quality of life. From financial aid for hearing aids to community support and assistive technology, these resources are just a call or click away.
The NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) aims to remove barriers and improve access to services for the deaf and hard of hearing. DDHH specialists can assist you in accessing information, attend meetings with you, and connect you to further resources.
The DDHH Emotional Support Hotline offers mental health support to people of all ages who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late Deafened, or Deaf-Blind, as well as their families and partners. Operators help tackle a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship issues.
They can be reached at 973-870-0677 (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm)
The Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD) program provides New Jersey residents a $500 reimbursement for buying a hearing aid. Eligibility criteria include:
You'll need to submit a HAAAD application along with proof of purchase and a medical necessity statement from your doctor. If you're already part of the PAAD or Lifeline programs, you may also be eligible.
For more details, call 1-800-792-9745.
Looking to enhance your daily life with hearing-friendly tech? DDHH's Assistive Technology Demonstration Centers in New Jersey showcase a range of gadgets tailored for people with hearing loss—from amplified doorbells and alarm clocks to video phones. Experience these devices firsthand with our hands-on demos and make empowered choices for your home and office.
NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
11A Quakerbridge Plaza
Mercerville NJ 08619
Book your appointment today:
Local: (609) 588-2648
Toll-Free in NJ: (800) 792-8339
The New Jersey Relay Service bridges the gap between those with hearing or speech difficulties and standard phone users. Through specialized equipment and trained Communication Assistants, TRS ensures everyone can connect seamlessly over the phone with family, friends, and businesses.
Types of Relay Services include:
Learn more on the NJ Relay website.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) empowers people facing hearing challenges with tools to improve communication and quality of life. Offering educational resources, support, and advocacy, HLAA aims to break down stigmas around hearing loss and stresses the importance of regular hearing check-ups.
The local New Jersey HLAA chapters offer a community setting for people with hearing loss and their families. They provide a space for sharing experiences, learning new coping strategies, and staying updated on the latest hearing technologies. By engaging with a local chapter in New Jersey, you can access practical advice, emotional support, and connect with advocacy efforts.
Contact: Ann Marie Olson
Contact: Shelly Simpson
Location: Newark, NJ
Contact: Ann Marie Picardo
Location: Chatham, NJ
South Jersey Shore Chapter
Contact: Carolyn Richards
Location: Cape May, NJ
Hearing loops are assistive listening systems that help people with hearing aids or cochlear implants hear more clearly in public spaces. The loop is a wire that circles the room and connects to a sound system. When you switch your hearing aid to the "T-coil" setting, it picks up audio signals directly from the loop, reducing background noise. It's a simple yet effective way to enhance sound quality during events, services, or meetings.
Below are some popular places in New Jersey that have hearing loops installed (This list was taken from the HLAA website):
Bnai Keshet, Montclair, NJ
Community Presbyterian Church, 145 Carletondale Rd., Princeton, NJ
Community Presbyterian of Ringwood, Ringwood, NJ
Community Reformed Church, 30 Lacy Road, Whiting, NJ
First Presbyterian Church, Englewood, NJ
Flemington Jewish Community Center, 5 Sergeantsville Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822
Kol Dorot Reform Jewish Community, 660 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, NJ
Nativity Lutheran Church, 552 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ
North Branch Reformed Church, 203 New Jersey 28, Bridgewater, NJ
Ocean County Baptist Church, 1380 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River, NJ
Presbyterian Church, 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Somerville, NJ
St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, 1674 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River, NJ
Temple B’nai Or, Morristown, NJ
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Princeton, NJ
Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church, Fair Lawn, NJ
Whippany Church of Christ, 270 Whippany Rd., Whippany, NJ
Ahrens Hearing Center, 23-13 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ
Cedar Crest Woodland Commons, 1 Cedar Crest Dr., Pompton Plains, NJ
Clinton Honda, 1511 US 22, Annandale, NJ
Custom Home Loop Installation, Princeton, NJ
Ellis Island, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ
Greenhill Retirement Community, 103 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ
Holland Christian Home, 151 Graham Ave., North Haledon, NJ
Hunterdon County Libraries, (Main Desks), Rte 12 Flemington, and Clinton, NJ
Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center, 1738 Route 31 North, Clinton, NJ
Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center, 537 Route 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Westcott Drive, Flemington, NJ
Kelsey Theater, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, NJ
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford (ticket booths, info windows, store, etc.)
Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ
NJ Theater Alliance (25 Mat Loops at Theater Counters)
Port Authority NY/NJ train stations, bus stations and airports. (In progress, as
facilities renovate info counters, etc.)
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Princeton Windrows Wilson Room, 2000 Windrow Dr., Princeton, NJ
Puffin Cultural Center, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ
Seabrook Retirement Community, Tinton Falls, NJ
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit, NJ
Ahrens Hearing Center, Fair Lawn, NJ
Cedar Crest, Pompton Plains, NJ
Ellis Island, Jersey City, NJ
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
We hope we have demonstrated that you're not alone on your journey to better hearing. Expert hearing care is just a call or a click away. Take the next step towards a fuller, more connected life by scheduling a visit with us.