Miracle-Ear Foundation enhances quality of life for Wellsboro resident

Miracle-Ear Foundation enhances quality of life for Wellsboro residentPictured is Frederick Tracy of Wellsboro and consultant Rik Foresman. Provided photo.

Miracle-Ear® of Wellsboro, a part of the nationwide hearing solution franchise, partnered with the Miracle-Ear Foundation to provide Fred Tracy the gift of sound.  

Fred, a local resident of Elkland, has struggled with hearing loss for several years. He has found it increasingly difficult to communicate with his wife and friends, which often leaves him feeling alone and isolated. Fred was always asking everyone to repeat things to him. Growing more frustrated, Fred decided to reach out to Miracle-Ear for an evaluation.

Miracle-Ear Hearing Specialist Rik Foresman tested Fred and confirmed the need for hearing aids but quickly determined that the cost of hearing aids was out of his reach. Rik suggested that he apply for assistance from the Miracle-Ear Foundation. Fred was approved and fitted with donated hearing aids as well as lifetime aftercare. 

Fred is excited with his new hearing aids. He is looking forward to enjoying the ability to have basic conversation with everyone, especially his wife at home and being able to watch TV without having the volume so loud. Fred is so grateful for the help Rik and the Miracle Ear Foundation has given him with the gift of sound.

In partnership with local franchisee, Julie McKelvey and her staff, the Miracle-Ear Foundation, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, supports underserved adults and children across the country with their hearing healthcare needs.  

The Miracle-Ear Foundation, working with Miracle-Ear centers across the country, has donated more than 30,000 hearing aids to nearly 16,000 individuals nationwide, including the aids donated to Fred. Fred’s hearing aid fitting marks Julie’s commitment to supporting the Foundation throughout all of her owned and operated Pennsylvania stores. 

“We know that hearing loss lowers the quality of life for adults at any age,” said McKelvey. “When hearing loss goes undetected, it can lead to social isolation, strained relationships, and can even impact earning potential. That is why the staff at all 33 of our Miracle-Ear locations are happy to donate resources and time to enhance the lives of others.”

The local Miracle-Ear franchise has supported adults and children in Wellsboro for many years, providing hundreds of hearing aids to those in need.  

“We’re proud to support better hearing in our community,” said McKelvey, adding, “When given the chance to improve lives through the gift of sound, we want to ensure every Wellsboro resident has the opportunity.” 

For more information, visit miracle-earfoundation.org.

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