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Our history

Our organization has recently been granted the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, and we look forward to beginning our journey to help our forgotten seniors regain the gift of hearing.

It became apparent over the past several years that hard of hearing and deaf seniors with low incomes have been forgotten. Medicare does not cover the cost of hearing aids; therefore, many seniors who could otherwise continue to be a valuable part of our society are rendered helpless because they cannot hear and cannot afford the cost of hearing aids. Hearing loss has been linked with a variety of medical, social and cognitive ills including dementia and Alzheimer’s. A new research study by Johns Hopkins University suggests that hearing loss may be a risk factor for dementia, and using a hearing aid during the early stages may even prevent some forms of dementia.

After much research, we discovered that used, or no longer needed, hearing aids could be easily recast and refurbished to fit another person. Lend An Ear was fortunate to find caring audiologists who have committed to providing free examinations and, upon verification of need by their diagnosis, volunteered to recast and fit the used hearing aids donated and collected by Lend An Ear to qualified seniors in our area.

Working with the elderly has afforded the officers of this organization great contacts with a variety of associations now willing to help us with our mission, including the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, the American Legion, various continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and nursing home facilities like Fleet Landing and Vicars Landing located in Jacksonville, Florida, and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, respectively. Numerous churches, like Our Lady Star of the Sea and many others, have agreed to help collect donations of hearing aids and presently have Lend An Ear drop boxes. Health providers like Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, Americare, Haven Hospice and others have also come forward to help in our cause to bring the gift of hearing to those who have been lost in the system.

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