Hearing Aid Recipients

Nothing feels better than being able to help people hear well. That's why the Campaign is pleased to announce our latest recipients of free hearing aids from across the United States. We hope you'll read and enjoy their inspiring stories on their journey to better hearing.

This Month's Featured Recipient

Alexandra Ruland

Lincoln, CA

Alexandra is a happy third grader and animal lover who lives in California. She recently received her first hearing aids from the Campaign for Better Hearing’s Give Back Program. The team at HearingLife in Lincoln, CA were thrilled that one of their favorite clients was chosen to receive free hearing aids.

Alexandra loves the arts. She’s a talented singer, gymnast and choreographer, and she enjoys remaking songs in her own style. By streaming music into her hearing aids, she will really be able to take her hobbies to a new level.

Hearing loss can happen at any age!

Often, when people first recognize they have a problem, it’s because people around them get frustrated because they have to repeat themselves. In this case, Alexandra noticed changes herself. Not only did she realize she had trouble focusing on her teacher, she also strained to hear her classmates. Classrooms are often loud. So, not hearing her friends was clearly a sign of hearing loss.

How Alexandra’s school accommodates her devices

By using an EduMic to stream sound directly into Alexandra’s Oticon hearing aids, her teachers know that she can hear them clearly. Even when students are being noisy around her, Alexandra will be able to follow the lesson. Her devices won’t just help her in school. Now, she can hear her friends when they play and her gymnastics coach clearly. She will also hear her two older sisters and parents better at home. Plus, when her school has remote learning, she can stream sound from a computer directly into her Bluetooth® hearing aids.

Hearing her favorite sounds

Among her favorite sounds that she used to strain to hear are her family’s animals. Alexandra helps the Ruland family care for their chickens, by gathering eggs and making sure all their animals have food and water. She looks forward to hearing baby chicks’ high-pitched peeps.

Congratulations, Alexandra!


Previous Hearing Aid Recipients

August 22, 2020

Jack Spurgeon

Meet Jack Spurgeon Gadsden, AL Jack Spurgeon is a warrior! Having survived many of life’s greatest challenges, including major health issues caused by an assault, Jack’s hearing aids will certainly help improve Mr. Spurgeon’s quality of life. The team at HearingLife in Gadsden was happy to hear that this widower and single father of five would receive free hearing aids. […]
August 12, 2020

Mellody Kaiser

Meet Mellody Kaiser Elyria, OH Mellody Kaiser spends a lot of time communicating with young people. She teaches financial literacy and math to students in 6th to 9th grades at Albert Einstein Academy in North Olmstead, OH. In the past, she couldn’t hear students’ questions well, which made her job difficult. Hearing aids make teaching easier even as masks cover […]
July 16, 2020

Carissa Bell

Carissa Bell Greeley, Colorado Born with a genetic disorder, Carissa Bell has had to work hard to overcome her challenges, including hearing loss. Now in her early 30s and lacking high-quality hearing aids, Carissa struggled with communication. She couldn’t hear the movies she loves. Fortunately, the team at HearingLife in Greeley, CO was able to fit her with just the […]
May 6, 2020

Richard LoDuca

Meet Richard LoDuca Monroeville, PA Army veteran and great-grandparent, Richard LoDuca recently received free hearing aids from the Campaign’s Give Back program. Prior to receiving the new aids, Mr. LoDuca struggled to hear anytime people spoke to him. This was especially noticeable when there was background noise, people were at a distance or when the speaker wasn’t facing him. Most […]
March 7, 2020

Charles Feiler

Meet Charles Feiler Troy, MI Charles Feiler has been struggling with hearing loss for more than thirteen years, and his six-year-old hearing aids no longer give him the amplification he needs to hear clearly. As a retired employee of General Motors, Charles used to assemble transmissions, a profession which exposed him to loud working environments and quite possibly exacerbated his […]
January 27, 2020

Fae Frost, Florida

Meet Fae Frost Spring Hill, FL Recently, hearing aid recipient Fae Frost has had significant medical challenges, which have made it impossible for her to work. In addition, she provides care for her disabled husband. That’s why the Campaign was pleased that hearing care provider Nina Poncia of HearingLife in Spring Hill, Florida, nominated her. Before receiving new devices, Mrs. Frost […]
January 27, 2020

Larry Denslow, Michigan

Meet Larry Denslow Reed City, MI Larry Denslow has been living with untreated hearing loss since January of 2018. Unfortunately, other immediate expenses forced him to put his hearing aids on hold. Larry is a loving husband, father of four children, grandfather of six, and has seven great-grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his famil, but struggles to join in […]
January 23, 2020

Beverly Prather, Oklahoma

Meet Beverly Prather Claremore, OK Beverly Prather has been a patient with HearingLife since 2015. With concerns about her hearing, she decided to schedule an assessment in April 2019 at her local office. The hearing care provider discovered that Beverly had binaural hearing loss (meaning she has hearing loss in both ears), but felt discouraged to demo the hearing aids […]
January 16, 2020

Virginia Brevik Ziesmer, Minnesota

Meet Virginia Brevik Ziesmer Forest Lake, MN Virginia Brevik Ziesmer came into HearingLife in May of 2019 after seeing an ad on Facebook. She knew going in that she had some degree of hearing loss, but she was eager to find out from her hearing care provider how severe or mild it actually was. Virginia was all smiles while she […]