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‘Hear Now’ program benefits many

Published on: Saturday, April 7, 2007

MARION – More than 100 children and about 25 adults will be receiving state-of-the-art hearing devices free of charge later this month as part of a domestic missions program sponsored by All American Hearing.

Karee Church, special projects coordinator for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which is closely associated with All American Hearing, was busy this week making ear molds and testing the hearing of applicants at Marion’s School for the Hearing Impaired. The hearing aids will be distributed April 29 and 30 at the school.

“We want to help as many people as we can, especially the children,” Church said. “For adults to qualify, they must fall under certain income guidelines, but there are no qualifications for kids to get one of our Destiny 1200 aids, which is our top-of-the-line product.”

Church said the company advertised the free service for several weeks.

“We’ve had kids as young as 3 and adults through the age of 80 stop by,” Church said. “And they’ve come from as far away as Metropolis, Sparta and Carmi.”

Church said Bill Austin, founder of the Starkey Foundation, will be present when the hearing aids are distributed. She said he has given away more than 200,000 hearing aids worldwide since 2000. Continue

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