Kergan Thomann Receives an incredible Gift from Beltone

August 8th, 2017

TV STORY    Our Client, Beltone New England was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing  to their patient Kergan Thomann

Long Lost Daughter Helps Mother Get The Gift Of Hearing From Beltone !

August 3rd, 2017

TV STORY    Our Client, Beltone Carolina/Virginia was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing  to their patient Nancy Marchese.

 

 

Beltone New England Grand Opening in Saugus, MA

July 17th, 2017

NEWSPAPER STORY:   Our client, Beltone New England was featured in a story about the Grand Opening of their newest Beltone Hearing Center in Saugus, MA in the Saugus Advocate:

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Leo Payment Receives An Amazing Gift From Beltone !

July 4th, 2017

NEWSPAPER STORY  Our Client,  Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers  was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing.  Pat Allison  (Hearing Instrument Specialist) applied to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation  on behalf of his  patient Leo Payment

 

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Beltone Gives The Gift Of Hearing To Canton Man

July 4th, 2017

 

NEWSPAPER STORY  Our Client,  Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers  was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing.  Michael Blackman  (Hearing Instrument Specialist) applied to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation  on behalf of his  patient  Dominick LaCaruba.

All Ears For Care

85-year old Canton Man receives gift of hearing

by Kayla Elder

Updated 


Dominick LaCaruba, 85, of Canton, received new hearing aids for severe hearing loss, compliments of Beltone. Pictured are Beltone hearing specialist, Michael Blackman, with LaCaruba.

An 85-year-old Canton man who lost his hearing after he suffered a stroke is now able to hear again after being chosen to receive free hearing aids.

Beltone Hearing Care Foundation selected Dominick LaCaruba to receive care for free after receiving a letter from him explaining his severe hearing loss after he suffered a stroke.

After writing the letter to the foundation, LaCaruba was set on a journey to hear clearly for the first time in years.

“I had a stroke years ago, nothing that damaged my brain or movement, but I don’t know whether that did anything to my hearing. When it goes gradually, you don’t remember it,” LaCaruba said.

In his letter, LaCaruba said that he avoids going to family gatherings altogether because of his hearing problem.

“I’m constantly saying ‘what did he or she say or can you repeat that.’ When the television is blaring and if I have company, I have to turn it down or off,” he wrote the foundation. “When I speak to my grandchildren on the phone, it’s hard to hear them. I keep asking them to repeat what they said.

He said they used to call three to four times a week; now they call maybe once or twice a week.

“I’m thinking it’s due to my telling them to repeat what they said. I hope not,” LaCaruba wrote.

LaCaruba has severe hearing loss and had no financial ability to be able to afford new hearing aids.

“Beltone reached out to me — not me individually, but they sent out letters that they were giving free hearing aid tests so I came down and had the test,” he said. “I couldn’t afford the hearing aids.”

LaCaruba practices putting on his new hearing aids.

The Foundation, a charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need, and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its 1,500 locations across North America.

“This foundation gives us a new path to achieve this mission by helping deserving individuals and organizations in their communities enrich their quality of life,” said Trey Gorman, director of Georgia Operations of Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers.

LaCaruba was fit with his new hearing aids on June 20 at The Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Center located at 149 Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton.

“We have helped veterans in the past, those in terrible financial situations and we find those who are willing and those in great need … LaCaruba came across to us and I felt he was a great candidate for that and fortunately he got approved,” said Michael Blackman, Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Center of Canton hearing instrument specialist.

Blackman said he has been in communication with LaCaruba since just before Christmas last December.

“The foundation only meets a couple times a year and have a stack of applicants there. They go through those, find the most worthy and he got picked. We are fortunately able to help him out today,” Blackman said. “Whether it is him, the next person or the person this morning, this is my favorite thing absolutely because I know what it is like to sit in that chair as well.”

Throughout its 77-year history, Beltone has helped enrich the quality of life for countless hearing impaired individuals in the United States and around the world. By combining new technologies and care, the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation gives people the opportunity to hear.

LaCaruba is fitted with his hearing aids by Blackman.

“When he goes home and is able to hear his family and grandkids more clearly and communicate with family who live in other states on the phone better … it is pretty neat,” Blackman said. “Every reaction is different, some people are silent and others want you to continue saying things — we never know but everyone walks out of here just grinning.”

Blackman went through a “boot camp” with LaCaruba where he learned and practiced how to put his hearing aids in, take them out, use them and change the batteries.

“I sound good to myself. I had a problem yesterday speaking to my grandson on the phone, I had a problem hearing him. This is very good; I like it. Everything is a lot louder and it sounds good,” LaCaruba said after putting the hearing aids in. “Everything sounds clearer and when he rattled the paper it was crisper. I will try my phone when I get home and see how I hear over that. I am just happy about it.”

Blackman said the next couple of months will be a time of adjustment for LaCaruba.

“That is going to help you understand so much more, not just in this nice quiet room, but when we get out into a busy, noisy environment. It is going to help you tremendously,” Blackman said. “We all want to hear differently — some more sharp or dull than others. I don’t know how you want to hear yet, you don’t know how you want to hear yet that is why we make adjustments the first month or so to get them just right.”

LaCaruba’s advice to others noticing a slip in their hearing, “get hearing aids” and “don’t be afraid to reach out.”

“I was fortunate to get them. Michael and Beltone did a lot for me and I am grateful for it,” LaCaruba said. “I want to thank them very much. I am just so excited.”

For more information on Beltone Hearing Care Foundation and the Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, visit www.beltone.com.

Amazing Gift From Beltone !

June 23rd, 2017

TV STORY    Our Client, Beltone Carolina/Virginia was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing  to their patient Carrie Burton.


Beltone Gives The Gift Of Hearing To Carrrie Burton

June 23rd, 2017

TV STORY    Our Client, Beltone Carolina/Virginia was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing  to their patient Carrie Burton.

Beltone Gives The Gift Of Hearing To Canton Man

June 21st, 2017

TV STORY  Our Client,  Beltone Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers  was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing.  Michael Blackman  (Hearing Instrument Specialist) applied to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation  on behalf of his  patient  Dominick LaCaruba.

 

Man’s hearing drastically improves thanks to local foundation

June 20th, 2017

NEWSPAPER STORY:Our client, Beltone New England was featured in a story in the Morganton News Herald about their patient receiving the gift of hearing from The Beltone hearing Care Foundation

 

 

JONELLE BOBAK Staff Writer

 

A man from Lenoir is now able to hold conversations with his grandchildren and hear his pet rooster in his front yard, all thanks to a local hearing aid company.

Lacy Mikeal, 77, has had a hearing problem for many years and was not able to live life the way he wanted.

His son, Jerry Mikeal, recently wrote a letter to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation in Morganton telling his father’s story and asking if his father could be approved for new hearing aids.

In 1970, Lacy began working in the furniture industry in the finishing room and then moved to the machine room, Jerry said in his letter.

“That’s where my dad feels his hearing problems started,” Jerry said in a press release from Beltone Hearing Center.

The machines were extremely loud at the time and they did not have adequate equipment for their ears. There wasn’t a day that went by that his ears didn’t bother him, the release said.

Jerry said that his biggest concern is that his father has a hard time hearing his grandchildren and feels that is something he misses out on.

“It made a whole lot of a difference,” Lacey said. “It had been several years that I had not been able to hear really (well).”

Once he submitted the letter, Beltone officials put in an application to the foundation to consider Lacy for a donation of new hearing aids because of his financial needs.

“He has a pretty bad (hearing) loss, first of all,” said Bill Beck, hearing instrument specialist, with Beltone Hearing Care Foundation. “We felt like we had to do something.”

Lacy was invited to the Morganton facility to be fitted for his hearing aids and to hear the difference they would make.

“The first thing he said to me as he left was ‘I can hear the birds again,’” Beck said. “He was emotional because (after receiving the hearing aids) his wife is practically whispering to him and he is hearing everything she is saying.”

Lacy says that he can now communicate better with loved ones, listen to the T.V. and music. He can also now hear his rooster crowing every morning.

“It means a whole lot and it was a great feeling to know that I was chosen to get my hearing aids,” Lacy said.

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need, and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its 1,500 locations across North America, the release said.

Staff Writer Jonelle Bobak can be reached at jbobak@morganton.com or 828-432-8907.

Beltone Opens New Location in Beachwood, Ohio.

June 1st, 2017

MAGAZINE STORY:    our client, Beltone was featured in a story in the BEACHWOOD BUZZ MAGAZINE about the Grand Opening of one of it’s newest locations as well as profiling Travis Huffman who is the Hearing Care Practitioner at that location.

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