WATERVILLE – Michael Fernald, a resident of Clinton, Maine will be next recipient of hearing aids through The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need, and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its over 1500 locations across North America.
“Beltone has always had the mission of helping the world hear better through our products and professional hearing care services, said Beltone President, Todd Murray. “This Foundation gives us a new path to achieve this mission by helping deserving individuals and organizations in their communities enrich their quality of life.”
Unfortunately in April 2012, Fernald was in a severe life threatening automobile accident that almost left him for dead. He was airlifted by Lifeflight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he spent over thirty days in a coma, and against all odds somehow hung on to life and eventually survived
Because of his long hospital stay recovering, Fernald’s medical bills nearly topped $100,000 that were not covered by insurance. He was also not able to return to work full time putting a financial hardship on the family. This left him depressed at times and unwilling to go out in public to be amongst people in social situations.
Thanks to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation and Beltone New England, Fernald will be fitted with a set of new hearing aids that will make his life better again.
“I am extremely grateful for what Beltone has done for me,” said Fernald. Their generosity is beyond belief after going through a situation like this. I will never forget their wonderful and kind act as long as I live.”
Throughout its 75 year history, Beltone has helped enrich the quality of life for countless hearing impaired individuals in the United States and around the world. By combining new technologies and superior care, the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation will give many more people the opportunity to hear. For more information, please visit www.beltone.com.
We are completely ecstatic to be able to help Mr. Fernald who is a wonderful person in such need.” stated Michael Andreozzi, President and CEO of Beltone New England. “He is truly deserving and a very caring individual who really needed our assistance. We’ve changed his life for the better and that’s what the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation is all about”