Helping to Hear for the Holidays



Article Published: Nov. 25, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Helping to Hear for the Holidays


On Nov. 11, The Mountain Times and Blue Ridge Ear, Nose and Throat (BRENT) invited readers to offer an area resident an invaluable gift for the holidays: Hearing.

Through its Hear for the Holidays contest, BRENT is providing a free pair of hearing aids and follow-up services to the contest winner, and it's up to The Mountain Times' readers to decide.

Four applicant essays were sent to BRENT over the last couple weeks, and readers are encouraged to vote for the applicant they feel could benefit most from the hearing aids and services.

Votes may be submitted by mail to Blue Ridge Ear, Nose and Throat, 870 State Farm Road, Suite 101, Boone, N.C. 28607; by e-mail to mmarkovich@blueridge-ent.com; by fax to (828) 264-3279; or by phone at (828) 264-4545.

The winner will be notified on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The nominees are as follows, and names have been omitted for privacy:


Nominee A
I would like to nominate (A) for consideration of receiving free hearing aids and all services provided by (BRENT).

(A) lives ... with her husband ... and two children ... She is my older sister and has always been there for our whole family. Now, I would like to repay her by giving her this chance to win something she is in desperate need of.

Recently, she went to one of those free hearing screenings that you see in the paper. They screened both of her ears and determined she was about 90 percent deaf in both ears. They also said she was in desperate need of hearing aids soon or she would eventually lose most if not all of her hearing.

All summer they have had so much trouble with one thing after another going wrong, and now they are trying to get ready for the winter. (She) has no job, as she is a stay at home mom, who puts the kids' needs first, while putting her needs on the backburner, so to say.

I would beg you to seriously considering chosing her to have this chance. She deserves it so very much and it would help her tremendously. Not to mention how it would help her vocabulary, because right now, it mainly consists of one three letter word, "Huh..."


Applicant B

I would like to submit a person to your Hear for the Holidays contest. The person is my wife. She has a real bad ringing in her ears (Tinnitus). At times, the ringing is worse than other times. Dr. Markovich said that (she) needed hearing aids. But we can't afford the $4,000-plus for the hearing aids.

(She) has rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. She is unable to work at a job. She works very hard at home to keep the house clean, the clothes washed, meals cooked, and whatever else needs doing around the house. Sometimes it is hard for her to walk after getting up in the mornings and after setting for awhile. Her joints swell up not only in her knees but also in her fingers. I can't find any work except odd jobs. So it is very hard to make ends meet sometimes.

(She) teaches a ... Sunday school class. She sings in the church's choir. It is hard at times for her to understand what is being said. People have to repeat what they are trying to tell her, sometimes. I know she doesn't like to have to ask people to repeat what they said. She said it was embarrassing.

I wish I could afford the hearing aids, myself. But there is no way I can and things don't look too promising in the future. I know the ringing really bothers her and sometimes it hurts.
So, I am sending this and hope she will get the hearing aids.


Applicant C

I would like to nominate my new friend and coworker ... as a candidate for consideration for the free pair of hearing aids offered in the contest sponsored by (BRENT) and The Mountain Times.

The day before I saw the article in The Mountain Times about the contest, (she) had just been telling me the details of her hearing loss and how much she needed hearing aids but was unable to afford them at this time. With this conversation fresh in my memory, the Mountain Times article about the first annual Hear for the Holidays contest almost jumped off the page in a way that I could not ignore.

(She) and I recently began working together and she shared with me immediately that she has a significant hearing loss. Currently, she does not have any health insurance to help cover the cost of being fitted with hearing aids. She had been screened and tested and was diagnosed with more than a 30 percent hearing loss. No financial assistance was available at that time to help cover the costs.

Hearing aids would greatly improve the quality of (her) life at home and in the work place. She has experienced some struggles during the past few years adjusting to being a single mother with four children from 7 to 16 years of age. She returned to college to get her teaching certificate while caring for her children and participating in their activities. She is a lovely, energetic woman who cares deeply for her family and is dedicated to making a good life for her children. She is active in the community where she lives, her children's schools, and in her church where she teaches Sunday School.

She would be an excellent candidate who could benefit greatly, both personally and professionally, with the free pair of hearing aids which have been so generously offered by BRENT and MT. I appreciate your consideration of (her) as a finalist in the contest.


Applicant D

Just a few days ago, my grandmother stepped outside and thought she heard the phone ring, then she thought it was children playing, then she finally realized it was a rooster crowing!
When I am doing my homework, she can't hear my questions. Last year, my grandmother almost lost her job. That was when she had fout out that she lost 50 percent of hearing in her right ear and 35 percent in her left.

Now my grandmother is 68, retired, and has no job. Please consider giving my grandmother a hearing aid. It would make everyone's life easier.

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My grandmother really needs a hearing aid and is not always able to hear what we say to her. She has been like this for a while but we just recently got her to take a hearing test where she found out she has lost 50 percent of her hearing in one ear and 35 percent in the other ear.

We tried to tell her to get a hearing aid, but she kept saying how she didn't have the money and since she is retired she is probably not going to be able to buy one anyway. My Grammy just started volunteering ... and if she had a hearing aid, I think she would be able to help people more. Please give my Grammy ... a hearing aid!

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