Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Person's Perspective

Another Person's Perspective

this was written by Adreinne Levy who participated at the June 8th Pueblo Day of Giving in Pueblo Colorado. Overall what she has to say mirrors what i wrote lsat week. Thanks so much for this testimonial on behalf of the Foundation for Sight and sound.

Foundation for Sight and Sound Mission
June 8, 2010 Pueblo CO

This past Wednesday, June 8, 2010 was an especially gratifying and satisfying work day in my position as Consumer Outreach Audiologist. I had the opportunity to participate in the Foundation for Sight and Sound’s Mission in Pueblo, CO. The Foundation, founded in 2009 by Mitch Shapiro,, is designed to provide vision or hearing help for those in need. In Mitch’s words “the Foundation is there to assist those who fall through the cracks.” Those in need are identified by area physicians, local groups or churches. SCENTA physician Dr. (find name) and local dispenser, Roxann Murphy donated their services, time and office space. They were both honored by a Proclamation presented by Pueblo’s Mayor and a City Councilman who were also in attendance. To make the event a success, GNReSound donated the hearing aids, earmolds, and the Consumer Outreach Audiologist: me!
Although every recipient was grateful and excited to receive new hearing aids, three recipients stood out in terms of the significance of the gift of restored hearing. One recipient, a 13 year old girl, had a moderate unilateral loss with normal hearing in the other ear. Her parents spoke freely of their high expectations for her scholastically and the frustration with her varied performance in school. They mentioned her missing critical information and how hard it was for her to hear the teacher when the teacher’s back was turned toward the board and away from the class. Likewise at home there was additional tension because sometimes the girl would respond appropriately, and at other times not be aware of what was going on. When the Live 7 BTE hearing aid was turned on her face lit up and she just kept saying “I can hear better.” Prior to being referred to the Foundation, the parents were trying to figure out how to save for a hearing aid, and how long that might take them. A big difference was made in her and her family’s life: reduced stress at home; greater happiness, and more consistent performance in school are just some of the improvements she will experience with her new aid and better hearing.
The second person that stood out was a young man with severe-profound congenital familial hearing loss who was wearing 15 year old analog mini BTE aids (too weak) with yellowed earmolds. He also has the benefit of an assistance dog. It was a treat to program the SPARX aids and provide much needed gain. We conversed easily in more normal conversational tones which was an instant change from his old aids. His whole body relaxed and he sat back in his chair and smiled.
The third person was a woman with both reduced vision and reduced hearing. Her husband has reduced visual acuity as well so that makes for a trying situation. She simply wants to be able to participate in conversation with family and friends and to hear her audio books better. The Live 7 BTEs that she was fit with will allow her to do that.
The event was well organized with myself and another person fitting and fine-tuning the hearing aids. After being fit, the recipient then worked with a second volunteer to learn how to insert the hearing aids, change the battery and the usual daily maintenance tasks. Follow up visits were made for each person.
I was impressed with the dedication of all the volunteers and was proud to represent GN ReSound. I fully acknowledge our generosity in terms of the donated aids: except for the SPARSX wearer, I fit Live 7 series and that will make for very satisfied recipients !

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's All About People!

On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, Roxann Murphy of Southern Colorado’s Comprehensive Hearing Care. Hosted a Day of Giving for the Help America Hear Program in Pueblo Colorado. The hearing aid mission provided 12 individuals with two hearing aids each.

Assisting Roxann were Adriane Levy, GN ReSound, Eric Koval, Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Mike Trujillo, Hearing Aid Technology Center of Pueblo and Bob Blake, Affordable Hearing Care of Pueblo These Hearing Health care Professionals volunteered their time and expertise to assure that these 12 individuals were fitted properly with their new hearing aids. “It’s a day like today that makes life worthwhile,” says Roxann Murphy. I enjoy helping people.

One of the recipients, Ms Hicks was talking with Eric while he was fitting her with the hearing aids. She told Eric that she tried to pay for them but they were too expensive. Then when the hearing aides were fitted in her ears, she said, “I’m going to cry. I can’t believe I’m getting my hearing aides.”

The youngest person fitted was a 13 year old girl whose mother said, “We spent some time trying to figure a way to pay for the hearing aids over a 6 month period but we realized our budget just could not accommodate such an expense. We are always helping other people, it’s what we do in our church and we were starting to wonder if there was any way that we would ever get some help. We received a phone call that the Foundation for Sight & Sound was able to help provide hearing aids through their Help America Hear Program. We’re so grateful for this program.”

Roxann Murphy spent several month identifying, testing and preparing materials to make the Day of Giving a reality. Countless hours are spent preparing for such an event like this.

What makes doing a Day of Giving a success is the synergy created by partnerships such as with our manufacturer GN ReSound. The company donates as well as helped with reduced costs of the product for the program.

Also of great importance is the collaboration with Dr. Robert Mclean who is an ENT specialist and his staff of audiologists who were instrumental in the testing of the applicants. “It is important for all areas of the hearing healthcare profession to work together as a single unit for the better good of humankind” says Dave Carr. Dave is the co-founder of the Help America Hear Program and a third generation hearing instruments specialist

The Help America Hear Program provides high quality hearing aids to men, women & children who lack the financial capacity to obtain them on their own.

If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a Day of Giving in your community contact the Foundation for Sight & Sound at 631-366-3461 or email Mitchel Shapiro at info@foundationforsightandsound.org

Watch our blog for more on our work in the community including updates, interesting facts, motivation and more.

Mitch Shapiro

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Media Contacts:
Mitchel Shapiro Christopher Davies
Tel.631-366-3461 Tel 303 664-5700
Email: info@foundationforsightandsound.org Email: cdavies@winecountrynetwork.com


Support from The 1St Annual Brewmaster Golf Classic, The Taste of Elegance Chefs Food and Beer Pairing Competition and the Arapahoe Sertoma Club will benefit Pueblo area residents on June 8, 2011.

Denver, CO, May 26, 2010 - The Foundation For Sight and Sound, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and their Help America Hear Program provides hearing aids to men, women and children with hearing loss, who lack the financial capacity to obtain them on their own.

The Help America Hear Program was created in January 2009 and has since fitted over 160 men, women & children nationwide with hearing aids. With the minimum cost of a hearing aid averaging $2,000, many individuals are unable to afford this necessary tool for improving their quality of life.

All proceeds from The 2011 Brewmaster Golf Classic and 100% of proceeds from the Silent & Live auctions at the 2nd Annual Taste of Elegance Chefs Food and Beer Pairing Competition will be earmarked for The Foundation for Sight and Sound and their Help America Hear Program. This not-for-profit has pledged to use these funds to directly help individuals in Colorado.

Christopher Davies, CEO of Wine Country Network, Inc., the producers of The Denver International Wine Festival said, "We are excited to support The Help America Hear Program. Mitchel Shapiro is the organization’s President & CEO who is affected by Usher syndrome, a retinal degenerative disease that is causing him to loose both his vision and hearing, is a true inspiration. It's quite fulfilling to see that local residents will receive a direct benefit from our efforts”.

On Wednesday June 8, 2011, The Foundation For Sight & Sound’s Help America Hear Program will be fitting 12 Pueblo area residents with hearing aids provided by GN ReSound. This Hearing Aid Mission will take place at 10:00 am at the Southern Colorado Comprehensive Hearing Care, Park West Medical Center 3676 Parker Blvd., Ste. 320. Pueblo, CO 81008.

For more information visit: www.Foundationforsightandsound.org


We encourage media to attend the Pueblo Hear Aid Mission on Wednesday June 8, 2011, 10:00am, Southern Colorado Comprehensive Hearing Care, 3676 Parker Blvd. Ste. 320. Pueblo, CO 81008

National Contact:
Mitch Shapiro
Tel 631 366-3461 or Cell 516-297-0872
Email: info@foundationforsightandsound.org

Colorado Media Contact:
Christopher Davies
Tel 303 664-5700
Email: cdavies@winecountrynetwork.com

Mr. Mitch Shapiro, President & CEO of The Foundation for Sight and Sound is a seasoned guest and motivational speaker. Please consider inviting him on your show during his visit to Pueblo & Denver. Mr. Shapiro will be in Colorado, June 4 to 9, 2011.

The Foundation for Sight & Sound turns dreams into possibilities by helping those with vision and/or hearing loss to learn, live, and work better.

The Foundation for Sight and Sound has developed the Help America Hear Program to provide hearing aids for men, women and children with limited financial resources. In most states, Medicare and Medicaid do not cover these costs and many insurance providers do not offer full medical coverage.

The manufacturer suggested retail cost averages from $2,000 to $4,000 per hearing aid. With this program, each person receives: two hearing aids, custom ear molds and one year limited service.

Help America Hear is sponsored by the generosity of hearing health care providers, corporate and private donors, and our partnering hearing aid manufacture GN ReSound. Foundationforsightandsound.org