Orange Business Gives Man The Gift of Hearing

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Oct 062019

Cassandra MacDonald and client Bobby Simmons at Beltone in Orange.

Cassandra MacDonald is a warm caring person with a heart of gold. When there’s someone in need, nothing stands in her way to help them, and that includes going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to her patients.

Macdonald is a Hearing Care Professional at the Beltone Hearing Center located in Orange, CT. Her patient is Bobby Simmons, 54 of Bridgeport, CT. who suffers from severe hearing loss and is in desperate need of hearing aids but unfortunately cannot afford to purchase them at this time.

MacDonald knew that she needed to take action in order to help this wonderful man, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and do something about it. She went ahead and applied to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation on his behalf to see if she could get him approved for new hearing aids.

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 1,500 locations across North America.

“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,” states Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone New England.

A letter from MacDonald was included with the application. In it, she said, “Bobby Simmons came to the Beltone clinic on September 19 in need of hearing aids. He knew his hearing was impaired but had no means to pay for hearing aids.  He was tested by Cassandra and, indeed has a moderate hearing loss and needs binaural hearing aids.”

“Mr. Simmons is 54 years old and originally from South Carolina but now lives alone in Bridgeport, CT, where he has rented an apartment for the past three years.  He was a manager of a Subway in the South as well as a clothing store until he became ill.  He receives dialysis due to two failed kidney transplants and is currently on a list for a third kidney. He has a daughter and two grandchildren ages 5 and 7.”

“He desperately needs hearing aids o he can secure a part time job for income to pay his rent and is applying now to the Foundation for assistance.”

“I can hear you now”

Well, miracles do happen, as Bobby Simmons was approved by The Foundation and was fit with his new hearing aids on Thursday, October 3, at 12:30 PM at The Beltone Hearing Center at 518-2 Boston Post Road, Orange. This will make his life and his hearing much better.

We are thrilled to be able to help Bobby Simmons, obviously a person who is truly deserving and who needed our assistance in a huge way,” states Andreozzi.

Simmons said he was very grateful for the hearing aids and explained how they would help him in life. “This will change my life. I’ll be able to hear the other person during job interviews. I will be able to hear the beep of my dialysis machine at home. I’ll be able to hear my grandchildren and talk to them instead of saying ‘huh?’ and guessing what they said to me,” he said.

“We are also happy to have played an important role in changing his life for the better.  That’s what Beltone is all about.”

About Beltone 

Throughout its 79-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 more people the opportunity to hear.