Eight year old Margaret and six year old Teddy Hunt of Akron, OH 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. In addition to providing hearing aids to the two deserving siblings, this year 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 helping the 80% of people with untreated hearing loss receive necessary hearing technology. This is achieved by recognizing outstanding adults and children with hearing loss and giving them a platform to empower and serve others in need of hearing care.
“We are proud to support HearStrong’s mission to raise global hearing health care awareness and further provide a positive impact in communities across the country” –Sandy Brandmeier, President of Sonova USA, parent company of Phonak
“We know that hearing well is critical to a child’s brain development. As a leading innovator of world-class pediatric hearing aid technology, we’re certain that Margaret and Teddy will continue to live their lives to the fullest.”
Margaret and Teddy’s old devices were outdated and problematic during a crucial period of learning and development. When HearStrong informed their family about this opportunity, they immediately knew Phonak Sky Marvel hearing aids were their ideal choice. The ability to hear better has already positively impacted both Margaret and Teddy’s lives. 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 Rachel 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.”
“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.”
–Co-founder and President of HearStrong, Ed Keller
HearStrong was able to give hearing aids to these two incredible individuals with Phonak’s generosity.
To learn more about the HearStrong Foundation and our sponsors, please call 866-432-7500.
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 recognizing and sharing the stories of remarkable people with hearing loss. Today, HearStrong’s efforts have expanded and the organization partners with hearing healthcare professionals across the country to give people of all ages access to hearing health services.
Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, was created in 1947 out of a passion for taking on the most difficult hearing challenges. Seventy years later, this passion remains. As one of the industry’s leading innovators, we offer the broadest portfolio of life-changing hearing solutions. From pediatric to profound hearing loss, we remain committed to creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally. We believe in creating a world where ‘Life is on’ for everyone.