130 Seniors To Receive Free Hearing Aids and Eyeglasses on Make A Difference Day

Twenty-one Colorado audiologists and ophthalmologists are joining millions of community volunteers throughout the country on Make A Difference Day on October 24, 2015 in Denver to help 130 older adults by fitting them with free hearing aids and eyeglasses. Not only are these audiologists and ophthalmologists donating their time, but the glasses and hearing aids are provided at no cost as well. Many of these individuals have been on the waiting list for hearing aids and eyeglasses of the Colorado Gerontological Society for more than a year.

Sponsored by USA Today, Make A Difference Day is a day to celebrate the power of people making a difference in their communities through volunteerism. The effort is organized by the Colorado Gerontological Society as a way to help more low income individuals receive help who do not qualify for services because of limited funding.

“Many of these individuals have been on our waiting list for years. Last year, two men openly thanked The Society for ‘saving their marriage’ as much of the communication between family members had broken down because they were hard-of-hearing,” says Eileen Doherty, Executive Director of The Society.

For the second year, Hearing Rehab Center is leading the way by fitting 112 individuals with new or refurbished hearing aids.  As part of the Hearing Rehab volunteer effort, excited seniors arrive throughout the day with their families at Arvada Elementary School to be fitted for the aids.  Refreshments are provided as seniors anxiously await their turn to be fitted and look forward to having their way of life changed forever returning to the days of hearing sounds, voices, and the world around them.

Other agencies supporting this effort are The Hearing Clinic, Denver Ear Associates, Advanced Audiology Hearing & Tinnitus Center, Marion Downs Center, Professional Hearing Services, HearingLife of Northglenn, New Leaf Hearing Clinic, Mark’s Optical, Replace a Lens and Look Optical.

About the Author

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society since 1982. She has more than 40 years of experience in education and training, advocacy, clinical practice, and research in the field of gerontology. She is an adjunct instructor at Fort Hays State University teaching non-profit management. She can be reached at 303-333-3482 or at doherty001@att.net.

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