Hearing Aids for Raylan

$7,582 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 109 people in 14 months
First and foremost, I want to mention that this campaign is completely SECRET! I jokingly brought it up to Raylan and she immediately shot it down, which is all the more reason for me to do it. This girl never asks for help, and I think it's time something good like this happens for her.

Raylan was born with severe hearing loss and has worn hearing aids her entire life. Most people don't know because she doesn't talk about it, and doesn't use it as a crutch in life. She is an amazing, independent, self-starter and has always worked hard to achieve her goals by herself.

This morning one of her hearing aids stopped working and she is having to take time from work to go figure out why. She does not have a back up pair since they are shockingly expensive. Even batteries cost too much and she has to change them every three/four days.

I am not an expert on this, but most insurance does not cover hearing aids for someone her age. The most she has been able to get covered is around $500, but her current plan through work doesn't.

This Christmas I want to give Raylan the gift of a brand new pair of hearing aids that are up to date, and help her with the basic human function of hearing just like the rest of us. She cried when she first heard the soft hum of a refrigerator, because of the advances in hearing aids.

One HA costs around $3,000 meaning a PAIR is around $6,000

I'm making the goal $6,500 so that we can get her the bells and whistles that she deserves! Anything left over will go towards extra batteries or expenses to help repair this broken set.

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Thank you so incredibly much to everyone who has donated and helped spread the word. I got in contact with Miracle Ear yesterday and they are going to help reduce the cost of a new pair for Raylan as much as possible, but insist that we continue with the campaign. He urged me to wait until January because new technology is going to come out that will change the game, and we won't know how much that will cost until then.

I want to press the importance of this issue not only for Raylan, but other people who are deaf / hard of hearing. Hearing aids are a NECESSITY. Insurance companies need to wake up and start taking the financial burden off of people who need this technology to function on a day-to-day basis and contribute to society like the rest of us. The issue is not about how much your audiologist is taking home to pay his own bills, in the same way that your doctor is providing for his family. This is an insurance problem and it needs to be known.

<3 Thank you all for your kindness. I'm going to tell Raylan soon because, let's face it, I can't keep anything from her. Next GoFundMe will be for my medical bills after she kicks my ass!
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I just got off the phone with Raylan and she told me she had a great experience with the hearing specialist who did the most detailed hearing test she's ever had. They told her that she is under-prescribed for how bad her hearing is and she definitely needs to get a new pair.

The ones she will need are going to cost $10,000 but the specialist checked and her insurance is actually going to cover about half. Honestly, it's sad that this is good news! They should cover the entire set. I'm not changing the donation goal because it's still accurate on how much she will have to pay out of pocket. Thank you everyone who has reached out or donated! This really means a lot to me and will mean even more to her once I break the news.
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