PALOS HILLS, ILLINOIS—(ENEWSPF)—January 4, 2018
By: Carly Allen
In an act of kindness, HearStrong and local hearing healthcare practice, the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Center, recently helped Violet Dore, an 11-year old student, get fit with a new pair of hearing aids.
As a newborn, Violet underwent multiple heart surgeries and had to be put under anesthesia. This is the suspected cause of her profound hearing loss, which was discovered when she was two years old. She was fit with hearing aids, but it was soon determined that they were not enough. At the age of four, she had her first cochlear implant surgery, and still wore a hearing aid in her left ear.
Just like any other technology, hearing aids are constantly evolving, and many need to be replaced after years of use. This puts a lot of financial responsibility on families who have children with hearing loss, as they may need to replace their child’s hearing aids every few years.
Violet received her new hearing aids after her friend, Brett Selke, decided to pay-it-forward. At a recent ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, Brett was recognized by HearStrong, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness and share the stories of individuals who are facing their hearing loss and accomplishing great things. Part of that acknowledgement came with the opportunity for Brett to gift a pair of hearing aids to a deserving community member on behalf of HearStrong.
As a practice that is dedicated to helping others, the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Center was eager to team up with HearStrong to make this possible. She was fit with a hearing aid gifted by ReSound, a leading hearing aid manufacturer.
“My favorite part about being able to hear better is being able to communicate with kids my own age and also listening to cool sounds and music,” says Violet. “I want to show kids and adults with hearing loss that they can still achieve their dreams and accomplish anything they set their minds to.”
With the generosity of Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center and HearStrong, Violet was able to receive a new pair of hearing aids and experience the priceless gift of better hearing. If you have any questions about HearStrong, please contact 866-432-7500.
HearStrong is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding hearing loss and its advanced solutions by honoring the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and inspire others to do the same. Supported by the dedication of EarQ providers, the organization is a worldwide advocate for hearing loss awareness, education and support. For more information about HearStrong, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, please visit www.hearstrong.org or contact 866-432-7500