Monday, March 14, 2011

ReSound Donates Hearing Aids to Help America Hear Program

ReSound is now the exclusive provider of hearing aids for the Help America Hear program, created by the Foundation for Sight & Sound.
ReSound, the technology leader in hearing aid solutions, has partnered with the Foundation for Sight & Sound to provide hearing aids to Americans in need via itsHelp America Hear program.

In most US states, Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for hearing aids and neither do many insurance companies. Help America Hear was created in 2009 to help hearing impaired individuals with limited financial resources. Since then, 130 patients have received hearing aids through the program.

“There’s a lot of great charity work being done abroad,” said Mitch Shapiro, President, Foundation for Sight & Sound, “but so little here on American soil. Our partnership with ReSound is really a grass roots initiative to get hearing aids to those people that cannot afford to buy them.”

Help America Hear relies on pro bono work from hearing professionals, whether it is participating in mission trips, fitting individuals with donated ReSound hearing aids or simply nominating eligible patients for assistance.

To receive a hearing aid through Help America Hear, the individual must undergo a thorough screening process to ensure that all financial resources have been explored and exhausted. Shapiro interviews each candidate himself, reviews check book statements to determine spending habits and requires the candidate to sign an affidavit stating that Help America Hear is a last resort.

“I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity to hear again,” said Ora Johnson, Dothan, AL, who was fitted with two ReSound hearing aids in December 2010. “This Christmas, I got the best gift of all – the gift of sound.”

For more information on how you can support Help America Hear, visit or talk to your ReSound representative.

About ReSound

ReSound is the industry technology leader in hearing solutions. Since the company’s inception in 1943, ReSound has been responsible for a number of hearing industry firsts, including Wide Dynamic Range Compression (WDRC), Digital Feedback Suppression (DFS) and the first open-standard digital chip. Headquartered in Ballerup, Denmark, GN ReSound is part of The GN ReSound Group, one of the world’s largest provider of hearing instruments and diagnostic audiological instrumentation. For more information about ReSound, visit

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