NEWSPAPER STORY: Our client, Beltone Carolina/Virginia was featured in a story about giving the gift of hearing to their patient Virginia Walters.
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Hearing Aid Recipient Virginia Walters stands between Crystal Davis and Hearing Specialist Eric Hanse
Written by C.K. Craven
ROCKINGHAM – Through a special limited program, Beltone and Hearing Specialist Eric Hanse have partnered to deliver the joy of hearing to a deserving local resident. The fitting was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st, at the Beltone Hearing Center in Rockingham at 1210-B Rockingham Road.
Hearing Care Practitioner Helps His Patient Receive The Gift Of Hearing.
Eric Hanse, a board certified hearing instrument specialist with Beltone in Rockingham, N.C., loves what he does for a living. This is because he gets to make a difference in his patients’ lives every day which is incredibly rewarding.
There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for his patients and that includes going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to helping someone in need. That someone in need is Virginia Walters, 55 of Bennettsville, who is Hanse’s patient and is in desperate need of new hearing aids but unfortunately cannot afford them.
Hanse told Walters about the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation and said he would happily apply on her behalf to see if they could assist.
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.
“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 through better hearing,” states Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone Carolina/Virginia.
Accompanying the application he submitted, Hanse wrote a very emotional letter to the Foundation to see if he could get Walters approved for a new set of hearing aids.
In his letter Hanse stated, “I met a woman in Rockingham that is in desperate need of help. Her name is Virginia Walters. As I was talking to her and she was explaining her struggles and desperation for help, I knew her story was one of true need. She has truly shown me what it means to have a loss and the total impact it can have on your life. A person can read all about the impact of a disability but to truly grasp the impact, you have to look into their eyes. That is what I did with Mrs. Walters.”
“She is suffering and losing hope. For the majority of Virginia’s adult life, she has had a hearing impairment. As a mother, she would move mountains for her children and husband before her own. As an employee, she is now risking her job due to her hearing impairment. She works at the hospital in Richmond County as a Registrar. The patients have to talk extremely loud in order for her to be able to hear their personal information. She has extreme pain and sorrow in her eyes as she wants to be the best mother, wife, grandmother, and employee she can be and due to her hearing impairment at this point, she is unable to be her best. She has used all of her resources and financial means on her family and now is unable to purchase hearing aids. The only way we can do right by her is to help her in the way that she helps others. The woman is very deserving of our care and love and also deserving of the hope of improved hearing and quality of life.”
Walters herself added, “Unless you’ve walked in my shoes and felt the embarrassment or aggravation of trying to hear and effectively communicate with people, friends, or family.”
“Unless you have had life’s most precious moments ripped from you only by not being able to hear good, such as a grandchild coming up to you and having something very exciting to say or hear the first cry of your newborn child.”
“Unless you’ve had a life altering event take place in your life; such as a such as a new career placed within your grasp only to have it placed in jeopardy because of a mistake created by not being able to effectively hear the patient or the instructions of a doctor for a family member after coming home from the hospital from a heart attack—you can’t possibly know how I feel about my hearing.”
“I have come to realize, even though I may have dedicated my life to making sure my children and my husband had everything they needed, I now realize, this cannot be accomplished if I can’t hear them correctly.”
“We are thrilled to be able to help Virginia Walters, obviously a person who is truly deserving and who needed our assistance in a huge way,” states Andreozzi.
“We are also happy to have played an important role in changing her life for the better. That’s what Beltone is all about.”
Throughout its 78-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 superior care, the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation will give more people the opportunity to hear. For more information, please visit www.beltone.com.
For further information or to set up an interview, please contact:
Nelson Hudes, Hudes Communications International 1 (646) 727-7197
With Hanse’s help, and with Walters’ emotional plea herself, she was approved by the Foundation and was subsequently fitted with her new hearing aids on Thursday, March 1st, at 12:30 p.m. at the Beltone Hearing Center, 1210-B Rockingham Road, Rockingham, NC.