Archives for August 2017

Helping Joey hear better just in time for school

Joey Ordonez of Texas is thankful to hear better thanks to receiving his donated hearing device from Stephen Weiss of Pennsylvania. July 2017

Stephen Weiss, a CPA in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania was excited to upgrade his current hearing device to a newer model. When Stephen upgraded, he wanted to donate his current hearing device to a charity organization where his hearing device could go on to help someone else hear better. After receiving his new Oticon Medical Ponto Power Plus 3, Stephen found the Ear Community Organization to donate his gently used Ponto Plus to that he had used for less than one year.  With Stephen’s donated Ponto being newer and in excellent condition, Ear Community was able to find a child who could benefit from Stephen’s donated Ponto.

Lorraine Ordonez was hopeful that she could find help obtaining a hearing device for her son, Joey, who was born with Microtia and Atresia of his left ear.  Lorraine had applied through her family’s insurance provider for a hearing device for Joey, but they were denied coverage for a hearing device.  Knowing that Joey was struggling with his hearing loss, Lorraine was trying to figure out how to obtain a hearing device for her son so he could hear better.  As a member of the Ear Community Organization, Lorraine belongs to the organization’s Gently Used Bone Conduction Hearing Device group on Facebook and saw a post come across for a hearing device that was being donated through the organization.  Lorraine is very excited that she was able to obtain this gently used hearing device for Joey.  Lorraine told Joey that he would hear better soon because he was finally getting a hearing device.

Joey was fitted with his donated Ponto Plus (made by Oticon Medical) this August thanks to Stephen’s donation.   Joey and Lorraine are so thankful for this gift of hearing! Thank you to Stephen Weiss for searching for a charity organization where he knew he would be given the opportunity to give back to someone else in the community so they could hear better with his hearing device.  Our story is the first to let Stephen know that his donated hearing device went to a little boy named Joey.  Thanks to Stephen’s donation, Joey is now able to hear better and be ready for preschool where he can hear his very best.  Thank you Stephen for your donation and for helping pay it forward so a child could hear better who was unable to afford a hearing device.

Joey is pictured wearing his donated Ponto Plus from Stephen.  Lorraine wishes to thank the Ear Community organization for all that it does for Microtia and Atresia babies.

Helping Kavya hear better with the help of Oticon Medical and the Ear Community Organization

Kavya Sharma of New Delhi, India received 2 new Oticon Medical Ponto 3 Superpower hearing devices on June 5th, 2017 through the Ear Community Organization.

Ear Community is honored to introduce everyone to our latest Oticon Medical Ponto 3 Superpower hearing device recipient, adorable Kavya Sharma! Kavya is almost two years old and lives in New Delhi, India with her father Ajay and mother Savita. Kavya was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia, as well as Hemifacial Microsomia and a hole in her heart. She had a rough start, and spent a lot time in the hospital with feeding tubes and oxygen therapy.

Savita reached out to Ear Community in the Spring of 2017, asking if there was any way for us to help her daughter to hear. At this time, most of Kavya’s other health related issues have been resolved, but she still couldn’t hear. With bilateral Microtia and Atresia, Kavya could not hear her parents tell her that they love her, she struggled with speech development; and Savita worried about how Kavya would develop friendships and how she would be able to learn at school. She took Kavya to a specialist in Delhi where it was suggested that a bone conduction device could help Kavya to hear and speak because she was not speaking at all.

On June 5th, 2017, Ear Community is proud to have donated two brand new Oticon Medical Ponto 3 Superpower hearing devices to Kavya so she can have full access to sound. Thanks to Dr. Niraj Kumar at the AIMS hospital in Safdarjung, Delhi, India for donating the time to fit the devices to Kavya. He has spent so much time helping Kavya and her family gain the auditory tools she needs. This precious little girl has already struggled to get to where she is, and we are thrilled to be able to help her on her journey.

Ear Community would like to thank Alan Raffauf, Vice President of Marketing for Oticon Medical US, for giving our organization the opportunity to help Kavya hear better. A very special thank you to Beverly Ostrowski of Oticon Medical for helping work with us to improve lives with better hearing.   Thank you to Ear Community’s donors and to the friends and relatives to the late Curt Gorman (past President of Oticon Medical US) who have also helped make it possible for hearing device recipients, like beautiful little Kavya, receive the gift of hearing.  Thank you Oticon Medical for helping donate hearing devices to charity organization’s like Ear Community so we can help children hear better!  Thank you!

Congratulations, Kavya, now the world is completely open to you and you will be able to hear all of the beautiful sounds it has to offer. We are so happy that you can now hear your parent’s voices, and will be able to get the education you deserve.

The Ear Community Organization

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