Little ‘L.R.’ Ellis is a family man with many beautiful children and grandchildren. His world revolves around his family. A couple years ago, his children started noticing that he and his wife, Marie, were having trouble hearing them during conversations, were answering incorrectly or asking them to repeat things. Their hearing loss had been gradual over many years
Their children reached out to their insurance company to see if hearing aids were covered. Unfortunately, their insurance did not cover hearing aids and they instead referred them to several other agencies that were also unable to help them. That’s when Marie learned about the Miracle-Ear Foundation.
Jon Miller, a Nationally Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist with Miracle-Ear, confirmed that both L.R. and Marie had a moderate to severe hearing loss and were beginning to lose their ability to understand words.
After listening to the family’s circumstances, the Office Manager at the Miracle-Ear Center in Temple, TX assisted both L.R. and Marie in completing applications to the Miracle-Ear Foundation. They were approved and were scheduled to receive their Gift of Sound.
L.R. and Marie are very excited to have full conversations with their children and watch and listen to their grandchildren play. "This will be a big help to me," said Marie. "I praise God for it."
Local Miracle-Ear business owner Pat Curry and his staff have made a commitment to support the Miracle-Ear Foundation, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization. Established in 1990, the Miracle-Ear Foundation was created to enhance the life experiences of families and individuals of limited means through the gift of sound. To date, the Miracle-Ear Foundation working with Miracle-Ear centers across the country has donated more than 13,000 hearing aids to over 7,500 individuals nationwide.
“We know that hearing loss lowers the quality of life for individuals at any age,” said Curry. “When hearing loss goes undetected, it can lead to social isolation and strained relationships. That’s why we’re happy to donate resources and time to enhance the lives of others within our community.”
Now that Miracle-Ear of Temple supports the Miracle-Ear Foundation, Temple and surrounding area residents who suffer from hearing loss and don’t have the means to fund hearing healthcare, can apply for free hearing instruments. If approved, the staff will volunteer their time to provide regular follow-up care.
“We’re proud to support better hearing in our community,” said Curry. “When given the chance to improve lives through the Gift of Sound, we want to ensure every Temple resident has the opportunity.”