July 2020 cleveland.com
Eight-year-old Margaret and six-year old Teddy Hunt of Akron were recently fitted with top-of-the-line Phonak Sky Marvel hearing aids at no cost to them through HearStrong’s Pay It Forward Program. Phonak is also sponsoring the HearStrong Foundation so that children like Margaret and Teddy can continue to receive the gift of better hearing. HearStrong is dedicated to recognising outstanding adults and children with hearing loss and giving them a platform to empower and serve others in need of hearing care.
Margaret and Teddy’s old devices were outdated and problematic during a crucial period of learning and development. Their mother, Rachel Hunt, shared how Phonak hearing aids have had a notable and lasting effect for her children. “Margaret and Teddy’s hearing aid fitting was flawless and almost immediately Teddy began noticing sounds he was previously unable to hear,” said Hunt. “For example, on the way home from the fitting he mentioned the ‘tick’ of the turn signal and the ‘shush’ of the tires on the wet road. Margaret and Teddy have been beaming since receiving their new hearing aids – calling friends and family to boast and taking responsibility for their equipment.”
Co-founder and President of HearStrong, Ed Keller, said, “I’ve had a career-long concern that the 80% of people with hearing difficulties have an inaccurate view of what it means to have hearing loss and use hearing devices. We are thrilled to team up with Phonak to highlight a greater number of active and vibrant individuals like Margaret and Teddy, who overcome hearing loss every day.”
HearStrong was founded in 2013 with the goal of inspiring a mass hearing healthcare awareness movement. An estimated 48 million Americans experience hearing loss. In response to this need, HearStrong began recognising and sharing the stories of remarkable people with hearing loss. Today, HearStrong’s efforts have expanded and the organisation partners with hearing healthcare professionals across the country to give people of all ages access to hearing health services.