Hearing Loss Resources for New Jersey Residents

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.

1. Department of Human Services, Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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. 

Emotional Support Hotline: 

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)

Hearing Aid Assistance Program (HAAAD)

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:

  • Being a NJ resident
  • Being 65 or older, or 18-64 with Social Security Disability benefits
  • Having an income below $38,769 (single) or $45,270 (married) in 2022

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.

Demonstrations of Assistive Listening Technology

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.

Current Locations:

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

2. New Jersey Relay Service

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:

  • TTY Relay
  • Voice Carry-Over
  • Hearing Carry-Over
  • TeleBraille Relay
  • Speech-to-Speech
  • Standard Phone Users

Learn more on the NJ Relay website.

3. Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey

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.

Bergen County

Contact: Ann Marie Olson

Email: AnnMarie.Olson@hearingloss-nj.org

Essex County

Contact: Shelly Simpson

Location: Newark, NJ

Email: Shelly.Simpson@hearingloss-nj.org

Morris County

Contact: Ann Marie Picardo

Location: Chatham, NJ

Phone: 973-665-1288

Email: annmpic53@optonline.net

Website: www.hearingloss-mcnj.org

South Jersey Shore Chapter

Contact: Carolyn Richards

Location: Cape May, NJ

Email: Carolyn.Richards@hearingloss-nj.org

4. Hearing Loops in New Jersey

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):

Houses of Worship

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

Other Popular Facilities with Loops

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

Other Popular Facilities with Loops

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.

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Dr. Emma Durazzo
Owner & Doctor of Audiology
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With years of experience and continued professional training, Emma Durazzo (formerly Emma McCue) has developed her expertise in a variety of subspecialties within the scope of audiology.