Potential recipients complete an application to determine eligibility. Those qualifying are then given tests by an audiologist to determine their specific needs. Used hearing aids are cleaned, reconditioned and reshelled by a competent repair service to meet the client's prescription.
Fittings and adjustments are provided by the audiologist and the Ear of the Lion recipient is once again able to hear — provided at no cost by the Burbank Noon Lions, except for a $150 per hearing aid loan fee.
Statistics show that 24 million in the US have significant hearing loss. Two million of them are under 18 and one-third of older Americans have hearing problems. Hearing loss is the third leading chronic disability following arthritis and hypertension in older Americans. Many in the community, young and old, live in isolation due to hearing loss because of the prohibitive cost of purchasing hearing aids.
To donate your used hearing aids, contact Marva Murphy at (818) 955-8018 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in completing an eligibility application, or those who know someone who may qualify, may contact Terry Brooks at (800) 327-8077.
NANCY TURNEY received a bachelor's degree in social work and a certificate in gerontology. If you have a specific question you would like answered in this column, e-mail it to email@example.com or call Turney at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, (818) 790-0123, ext. 225.