Joseph Brisco from Hastings, MI, was recently fitted with premium Phonak Sky Marvel hearing aids at no cost to his family through HearStrong and Lemon(aids) 4 Hearing Aids partnership.
In addition to providing hearing aids to the deserving boy, Phonak is also sponsoring the HearStrong Foundation so that children like Joseph 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. In March 2019, HearStrong teamed up with Lemon(aids) 4 Hearing Aids, a like minded organization with a mission to help everyone get hearing aids who need them. The partnership allows individuals in need to apply to be one of the recipients to receive a free set of hearing aids, such as those provided by Phonak. They work with local hearing care providers to fit the devices free of charge.
“Giving back to the community continues to be a priority for Phonak, and that’s why we’re proud to continue our work with HearStrong and provide children with the gift of hearing. We like to say that well-hearing is well-being, and that’s especially true for children during their development years. We can’t wait to see all the things that Joseph will surely accomplish in life.”
–Sandy Brandmeier, President of Sonova USA
Prior to receiving his new hearing aids, Joseph struggled to follow conversations. Participating in sports was a challenge for him as it was difficult for him to hear important instructions. Joseph’s mother, Jaime Brisco, was thrilled when they learned Joseph was a recipient to receive new hearing aids and that she would be able to provide him with the necessary tools he needed to succeed in life. The ability to hear better has already positively impacted Joseph’s life. Jaime shared how Phonak Sky Marvel have had a notable and lasting effect for her child.
“Joseph keeps commenting about the clarity of sounds that Phonak Sky Marvel provides”, said Jaime Brisco. “He also loves the fact that they are Bluetooth and he can listen to music without disturbing the rest of the family. His smile has not left his face since he received the new hearing aids and as a mother that was my goal with getting him help.”
HearStrong was able to give hearing aids to this incredible individual with Phonak’s generosity. To learn more about the HearStrong Foundation and our programs, go to hearstrong.org.
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.
Lemon(aids) 4 Hearing Aids is an organization started in 2018 by 8-year-old Carly Waters, who’s two little sisters have hearing loss. After learning how expensive hearing aids are, Carly wanted to raise money for children who are in need of hearing aids but can’t afford them due to the lack of insurance coverage. She started sewing plush lemons to sell and since then has sold and shipped thousands worldwide. In addition to raising money, the Waters sisters are on a mission to show the world how beautiful it is to be different and educate people on hearing loss and the importance of hearing health.
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. At Phonak, we believe that well-hearing equates to well-being and is essential to living life to the fullest. For more than 70 years, we have remained passionate about creating a world where ‘life is on’ for everyone. Our innovative hearing solutions are designed for people of all ages and all degrees of hearing loss, to connect socially, thrive mentally and grow emotionally. Life is on.