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Beltone Hearing Care Foundation is Sweet Music to Many

November 14, 2018

Beltone Hearing Instrument Specialist Holly Ballard fits Richard Beaudoin with a hearing aid.

LEOMINSTER -- Richard Beaudoin loves life but has major hearing loss.

With nowhere else to turn, he decided to visit Beltone in Leominster to see if they could assist him.

“I knew I needed updated, stronger hearing aids but I could not afford them so I didn’t know what I was going to do and Holly (Ballard) mentioned the foundation process and helped me with the application,” said Beaudoin, 75, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

Ballard, a hearing instrument specialist, told Beaudoin about the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation and said she would happily apply on her behalf and, hopefully, it would approve her for new hearing aids.

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,” said Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone New England.

Beaudoin wrote an emotional letter that was submitted with the application to the Foundation.

“I have had hearing loss for many years and started wearing hearing aids in 2003. I originally thought my hearing loss was hereditary, but I also worked in noise for as long as I can remember. I was at one company for 27 years, the last 10 of which I was next to a machine for 12 hours/day that ran at 98dB,” said Beaudoin. “At that time, I had asked my boss for help, and he told me no because I didn’t have any proof that my work at the company caused or contributed to my hearing loss. Although I am now retired, I still have to work a few days a week.”

Thanks to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation, Beaudoin got the hearing help he needed.

He was approved and was fitted with his new hearing aids on last week at The Beltone Hearing Center, located at 435 Lancaster St. Suite 312.

For more about the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation, please visit www.beltone.com/beltone-foundation

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