This is adorable little Evan Holley who is five years old and was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Evan’s family could only provide him with one Baha (bone conduction hearing device) even though he needed two to hear best. Insurance coverage had denied their claim for a second Baha for Evan. On December 3rd, 2012 Ear Community received an e-mail from Robin Lieber Rosengarten who was looking for a place to donate her father’s Baha. When Robin came across the Ear Community site, she said “I liked what I read.” Robin contacted Melissa Tumblin, the Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community, and donated her father’s Cochlear BP100 Baha so someone else could benefit from it. Ear Community Board of Director member, Angela Sabal, knew just who to donate this Baha to. Angela knew of a mother who was struggling to find a way to get Evan a second Baha. Angela Sabal knew what a wonderful gift it would be for Evan to receive a second Baha just in time for Christmas. On December 11th, 2012, Evan’s mom, Angela, was contacted and told that Ear Community had found a Baha for Evan. Angela began crying tears of joy over the phone and couldn’t believe that Evan was getting a second Baha. Angela said “it has been both mentally and physically exhausting [trying to get Evan a second hearing device], but because of help from Angela Sabal and people at Ear Community, Evan would never be where he is today.” Evan received his donor Baha just in time for Christmas and was excited to be able to hear Santa’s laughter a little bit louder this year. Robin and her mom, Arlene Lieber, were delighted to find out that their donated Baha had gone to help Evan hear better. Robin thanked Melissa Tumblin and Angela Sabal of Ear Community and said “you have made my mom and entire family happy beyond belief!!!…Just the fact that we can help a child hear is the most wonderful thing!”
Ear Community would like to say a very special thank you to Robin Lieber Rosengarten and her mom, Arlene Lieber, for donating this Baha to Ear Community for Evan. Thank you Angela Sabal of Ear Community for knowing about Angela and Evan Holley and for helping us make a difference in someone elses life.
Ear Community typically donates new processors, but this Baha was a special gift that helped make multiple families happy.
Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community