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TPA Hearing Trust

Did you know?

By becoming a member of Travelers Protective Association, you’re also supporting the TPA Hearing Trust.

Your membership helps fund vital programs and services for individuals with hearing impairments.

Established in 1975, the TPA Hearing Trust provides financial aid to people with deafness or hearing loss.

TPA has helped thousands of people with hearing loss get the help and resources they need, including hearing devices, specialized treatments, speech classes, note-takers, interpreters, and more.

Roughly 20% of Americans—well over 48 million—have some degree of hearing loss. We want to ensure they are getting the help they need and the respect they deserve.

  • 40+ Years providing financial aid to people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • $2 Million+ awarded by the TPA Hearing Trust for recipients
  • 3 Million – the approximate number so children in the U.S. that have hearing loss
  • 5,000 + grants awarded to individuals who experience deafness or hearing loss

Join Travelers Protective Association and be a voice for hearing health! With every membership, you’re helping to support the TPA Hearing Trust and its mission to provide access to essential services for individuals with hearing impairments.

Together, we can make a difference.

To date, the Trust has allocated more than $2.4 million to approximately 6,100 recipients throughout its history.


Completed applications must be returned to the Trust by the end of each quarter: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st. Trustees will review all applications on file as of the last date of each quarter, recipients will be notified within 30 days of the decision, and Trust checks are mailed after the first of the following month. Recipients may only receive aid once a year by completing a new application each time they seek assistance.

Selection of recipients and amount of the grants awarded shall be decided upon by the majority of the Trustees. A selection criterion gives special consideration to individuals demonstrating the greatest financial need. Distributions are made from the interest earned by Trust investments or gifts as designated by donor.

Scholarship recipients are required to attach a copy of all transcripts for courses of study funded by the Trust to the acknowledgement form. Grant recipients are also required to attach a copy of all receipts for expenses exceeding $50 which were funded by a grant by the Trust.

After you have filled out the forms you may print, sign and mail the application and/or acknowledgement form(s) to:

TPA Hearing Trust
2041 Exchange Drive
St. Charles, MO 63303

You may also print, sign, scan and email the application and/or acknowledgement form(s) to: [email protected]


TPA established the Hearing Trust in 1975 to provide financial aid to people who experience deafness or hearing loss and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing loss.

Do you know someone who could benefit from the Hearing Trust? Tell us their story. In the meantime, you might send them here to learn more about our Grants.

Encourage them to apply.

You can also join us providing opportunities to those with hearing loss with a gift of support. All contributions to the Trust are tax deductible.

Malina & Her Mom
Recipient of Scholarship Grant

“We’re really grateful for the grant program that was able to help us get the hearing aids for Malina. Without that help there would have been the stress of debt or not being able to provide for her to get those hearing aids.

Her hearing aids and the technology that is connected to them has really helped her to be able to navigate the world we’re in and we’re just grateful for the support and the option and the availability of a grant that could help us in this time of our need. “

Recipient of Scholarship Grant

“I’m going to regular school and I get to play sports with my friends… Thank you again for helping me do the things most 10 year olds take for granted.”

Recipient of Scholarship Grant

“I received my first scholarship from TPA at the end of my second year [at Central Institute for the Deaf]. This was such a blessing for me and my family. It helped cover the cost of tuition… Thank you so much for the generosity and kindness. My family can’t thank you enough. “