Miracle-Ear Invests More Than $1 Million In Hearing Care Resources To Support Puerto Ricans In Need
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 15, 2022--
Miracle-Ear owners, partners, and hearing care professionals recently returned from a “Miracle Mission” in Puerto Rico, where they came together with one purpose in mind – to help people with hearing loss receive the Gift of Sound. This first-ever Puerto Rico Miracle Mission was led by the Miracle-Ear Foundation, which distributed more than 200 hearing aids to more than 100 Puerto Ricans who could otherwise not afford them.
In total, the Miracle-Ear Foundation and Miracle-Ear invested more than $1 million into hearing care resources for the community, but the Miracle Mission itself was a two-week event dedicated to working directly with patients to provide and fit them with life-changing hearing aids.
“Seeing people hear clearly and re-gain the Gift of Sound for the first time is one of the most rewarding experiences there is,” said Jenni Hargraves, vice president of the Miracle-Ear Foundation. “I am immensely proud of our team for supporting these efforts and humbled to be able to be part of this truly life-changing event.”
According to recent data from the CDC, nearly 9 percent of the Puerto Rican population are deaf or struggle with hearing loss, and multiple studies have shown that untreated hearing loss is linked to numerous physical and mental conditions, as well as quality-of-life issues.
For more than 30 years, Miracle-Ear has distributed the Gift of Sound to qualified patients through the Miracle-Ear Foundation. In November 2020, during the pandemic and a time of financial challenge for many, the Miracle-Ear Foundation launched the Miracle Mission program – a powerful way to take the mission of the Foundation to people in areas with both high poverty rates and low availability of hearing care.
The first U.S.-based Miracle Mission took place in Selma and Tuskegee, Alabama. Since then, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has completed seven domestic missions and fit nearly 450 people with free hearing aids at those events. In total in 2022, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has gifted nearly 6,500 hearing aids to more than 3,200 individuals across the United States.
For more information about the Miracle-Ear Foundation, visit www.miracle-earfoundation.org or visit your local Miracle-Ear store. Community members who would like to support the Miracle-Ear Foundation’s ongoing work to bring the Gift of Sound to those in need locally can also make a donation at their local Miracle-Ear store or online.
About the Miracle-Ear Foundation
The Miracle-Ear Foundation has donated more than 34,000 hearing aids to more than 18,000 children and adults nationwide who could otherwise not afford them. Through the generous support of Miracle-Ear franchise owners and donors, the Foundation delivers life-changing services, bringing the gift of sound to an increasing number of people in need each year. For more information, visit www.miracle-earfoundation.org.
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CONTACT: Chad Eldred
KEYWORD: CARIBBEAN PUERTO RICO UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MINNESOTA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MEDICAL DEVICES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SENIORS PHILANTHROPY HEALTH CONSUMER GENERAL HEALTH OTHER PHILANTHROPY FOUNDATION
SOURCE: Miracle-Ear Foundation
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