A donation of hearing aids by the Oticon Hearing Foundation is changing the lives of a group of Fort Worth students with hearing loss just in time for the start of summer vacation. The donation of Oticon hearing aids allowed a team of Fort Worth Independent School District audiologists to provide 13 in-need, grade-school and high-school students of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) with their own personal hearing aids, Oticon announced. Previously, the students relied upon loaner hearing aids, available only for use in school.
FWISD Audiologist Aubrey Ploof, AuD, explained that although the school district supplies hearing aids for school use to all students in need, some students do not own hearing aids for use outside of school hours. These students go nights, weekends, and summers without the ability to hear and effectively communicate.
“Since a large part of learning occurs at home, in addition to at school, these children need access to speech and language in both environments,” said Ploof. “The hearing aids donated by the Oticon Hearing Foundation allow us to provide students with their very own state-of-the-art hearing aids at no cost to the families. This will ensure that each student’s maximum potential is reached.”
Oticon Audiologist Melinda Saban, AuD, joined with the FWISD audiologists to fit students with the new hearing aids. Oticon Hearing Foundation Ambassador Braden Baker was also on site for the fittings. Twelve-year-old Braden first alerted the Oticon Hearing Foundation to the students’ need and worked with Mariann Cadieu, who manages the Foundation’s donation program, to secure the partnership with the FWISD audiology team.
For more information on the Oticon Hearing Foundation visit: http://oticonhearingfoundation.org/
Source: Oticon Hearing Foundation
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