Nichole Helmick feels a natural inclination to help people in need. At work, she provides social skills counseling to people with behavioral health issues. And now she has her sights set on becoming a hearing healthcare provider. Severely hearing impaired since childhood, the Libertyville, IA resident undoubtedly will have a strong connection with the people she serves.
Nichole’s career inspiration stems from her experience with the Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she recently received the Gift of Sound from the Miracle-Ear Foundation. Hearing Instrument Specialist Laura Popelka performed the testing and fitting services and will continue to provide follow-up care to Nichole, all at no charge.
“I’ve worn hearing aids since I was two years old,” says Nichole. But none of her previous hearing aids can compare with the state-of-the-art devices she wears now. “They’ve helped me tremendously in my everyday life. Where I work, communication is very important. I can hear my clients a lot better. I can even hear whispering if someone needs to speak with me very privately. With my old hearing aids, I mainly read lips.”
Her hearing struggles behind her, Nichole looks to a bright future where she can help others regain the joy of good hearing. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and one day I will. There are no ‘what ifs’ — I will do it.”
In partnership with Miracle-Ear Centers nationwide, the Miracle-Ear Foundation provides the Gift of Sound to people who lack the financial resources to take care of their own hearing needs.
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Miracle-Ear® has a commitment to our community and to the hearing health of those in need nationwide. Our Miracle-Ear stores partner with the Miracle-Ear Foundation® to provide free hearing aids to underserved children and adults who qualify. For every hearing aid sold, we make a financial commitment to help someone in need.