Scranton boy receives gift of sound

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Nearly three in every 1,000 children born in the U.S suffer from detectable hearing loss. That’s the case of a local boy who’s been struggling to hear because of his failing hearing aids.

This Scranton boy has been wearing hearing aids since he was four-months old. When his hearing aids became unreliable, the boys family turned to a foundation for the gift of sound as Eyewitness News Healthbeat Reporter Mark Hiller explains.

Thursday was a day that couldn’t come soon enough for 8-year-old Aiden Scott. The third grader’s hearing aids were causing him problems in the classroom and on the baseball field. His mother Shannon Scott said, “We were having a lot of issues especially last year like they rusted. He was out of hearing aids for almost over a week. And it was very difficult with playing sports and stuff like that.”

Even with insurance, buying a new pair of hearing aids that cost thousands of dollars would cause his family significant financial pain until Mrs. Scott said, “One of my baseball moms mentioned it to me and I looked into it.”

Hearing aid company Miracle Ear established the Miracle Ear Foundation in 1990 to help in cases just like Aiden who suffers from nearly 80 percent hearing loss. “I can’t even imagine. I really can’t. You know and it’s just got to be so devastating not to be able to hear,” said Miracle Ear Co-Owner Shane McNamara. “We’re going to be able to bring that all back for him and that’s the greatest thing about this.” 

Miracle Ear Hearing Instruments Specialist Tracey Kennedy fitted Aiden with a new pair of the devices and said, “So, we’re going to make sure that they fit good, okay? So I’m just going to put this right behind your ear just like your other one.”

It’s been about three years since Aiden has had a new pair of hearing aids. These new ones are water and shock resistant, produce cleaner and clearer sound, and one more thing. Aiden said, “It’s my favorite color.” They’re red and ready to help Aiden better succeed in school, sports and music. He said, “It sounds nice, it sounds louder, it sounds normal.”  His mother added, “As a family, we’re super excited to see what happens and see how much he can really hear now.”      

To date, the Miracle Ear Foundation has donated hearing aids to more than 11,000 children and adults nationwide and provided free follow-up services.


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