Beltone Grant is Music to the Ears

Photos: (Left) Savannah Phillips. (Right) Judy Summers. Both ladies received hearing aids through a special program of the Beltone Hearing Center Foundation.

Savannah Phillips has dealt with hearing loss for most of her life. An affliction that began in childhood dissolved the bones in her ears. But Savannah did not let her hearing loss slow her down. She lived an active lifestyle with her hearing aids and even competed in softball at Shelton State College. Today she is a manager at Midtown Pizza Kitchen, and easily navigates the noise of an active, popular restaurant.

In fact it was a chance meeting in a restaurant that Savannah was introduced to her first pair of hearing aids. Michael Passineau, now a family friend of Phillips, worked at the time as a hearing aid distributor. He met the family at a local restaurant, heard about Savannah’s story and provided guidance about how to go about getting hearing aids.

When Savannah’s grandmother, Judy Summers, started to develop hearing loss after retirement, Savannah gave her a pair of her older hearing aids. That worked for awhile but Judy soon needed a new pair of her own. Eventhough Judy is insured, her co-pay for a new pair of hearing aids was going to mean $800 out of pocket. For Judy, who like most seniors lives on a fixed income, that was impossible.

Savannah found out about a special program through Beltone, a leading hearing aid retailer. The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing instruments to those in need of hearing help who may otherwise be unable to access it. After they applied and went through the evaluation process both Savannah and Judy were each granted a new pair of hearing aids at no cost.

Dr. Kristi Rose Lynch was the audiologist that evaluated the ladies and assisted them with their new hearing aids.

Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation through direct nominations by Beltone staff or network members.

Beltone has several offices throughout the state. The office in Montgomery is located at 4919 Carmichael Road. Their phone number is 334-239-7877. Their website can be found at: