Equipment Distribution Program

The cost of assistive communication devices can be very expensive. Since 1993, the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) has operated a program to ensure that New Jersey residents wtih hearing loss, regardless of their economic status, have access to telecommunications and visual alerting home safety equipment needed to live independently.

Individuals unable to afford the costs of assistive communication devices may apply to the "Equipment Distribution Program" for assistance. Upon meeting eligibility requirements, individuals may receive communication devices free of cost from the DDHH.

Devices currently available

Click on any of the devices below to view the application. The application includes an image and a description of the device.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a New Jersey resident.
  • Applicant must have a hearing loss verified by either: attaching an audiogram signed by a licensed audiologist; OR obtaining a signature on the application by a licensed audiologist, physician, or other professional verifying applicant’s hearing loss.
  • Information supplied on application must be clearly printed. Form must be signed by the applicant.
  • Total combined household income must be at 400% of the federal poverty level which is based on the number of members in the household, see chart below
The 2021 income guidelines are listed below 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines
Number of persons in family/household 400% for everywhere, except Alaska and Hawaii  
1 $ 51,520
2 $ 69,680
3 $ 87,840
4 $106,000
5 $124,160
For each additional person, add $18,160 Source U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

Devices are free of charge to eligible applicants.
Supply of devices is limited and subject to availability and funding.
For any questions about eligibility, click "E-mail Us", fill out the information requested and include your question in "Your Comments" box. Or call DDHH at 609-588-2648 or 800-792-8339 toll free in New Jersey