January 21, 2018

Happy New Hear

It is the start of another year; a time to eradicate unwanted habits and establish new goals. One aspiration may be to have better gym attendance. Another goal may be spending more time with family. At the Sound of Life Foundation our goal is to improve the lives of more people than we did last year, through the gift of hearing.

Approximately 37.5 million American adults aged 18 and older report some trouble hearing. Fewer than 30% of adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids have ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.

Some effects of hearing loss may be depression, frustration, social isolation and loneliness. Studies show that hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to an increased risk of developing dementia. We often hear, “Hearing aids are so expensive! I can think of better things to do with my money.” What about your quality of life? Can you put a price tag on being able to enjoy time with your friends and family without being worried about not understanding what they are saying? Our hearing is something many of us take for granted. Hearing is a gift, and it is important! We encourage everyone to go in for a hearing evaluation this year and see if you have treatable hearing loss.

Many individuals, in our local and surrounding communities, have been diagnosed with treatable hearing loss, but due to fixed incomes or financial difficulties they find themselves at a loss of what to do. For those who are truly struggling financially, there is hope! The Sound of Life Foundation provides hearing devices to those who qualify. We are pleased to announce that, in 2017, we were able to help over 500 individuals enjoy the sound of life again. This year we are increasing our goal to help 600 people.

It is truly humbling when we receive letters and notes from those who have received hearing aids from the Sound of Life Foundation. It helps us understand how hearing loss affects friends and family and community. One of our recipients expressed to us her gratitude, “Love my hearing aids! I really appreciate what you have done for our grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and especially my mother. I thank you very much.” Another beneficiary stated, “I am very thankful for what the Sound of Life Foundation has done for me towards my improved hearing and understanding of those around me. Without their assistance, I wouldn’t have had the ability to afford the hearing aids and the vastly improved lifestyle that goes with the ability to communicate with others around me. This has made a big difference in my life.”

Our mission is to help as may people as we can to hear and enjoy the sounds of life again. How can you help? Donate your used hearing aids, donate your time to our efforts and donate financially. We can only reach our goal and improve the quality of life of those in need with help from community members like you. Help others have a Happy New Hear!SoundofLifeFoundation.org. 435-574-4744

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