Something has to change.
HearCare Connection has identified an unmet need in our community for hearing testing and treatment for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured individuals. Our program is unique and not duplicated by any other agency in our region.
Ken and Nora Stewart started seeing the need for a hearing health clinic in 2008 as they began to see the effects of a struggling economy on their patients and their ability to access hearing healthcare. Cutbacks and loss of income made getting treatment for hearing loss (hearing aids) less affordable and accessible. They struggled with not being able to assist these patients in getting the help they needed. They found it heartbreaking that the gap of people falling between the cracks was growing.
“There was such a direct need and it was a need that I could fill because of my experience in the industry. People were not receiving the help they needed simply because of finances. I could do something about that.” - Nora Stewart
HearCare Connection, Inc. was founded in October of 2011 as a nonprofit hearing center that would help to fill this need. We received a 501(c)3 approval in record time, started our reduced fee, sliding scale clinic and began seeing patients.. We believe that God was on our side during this process, bringing all the right people to meet us on our journey at all the right times.
Since our inception in 2011, HearCare Connection has seen over 375 patients ranging from newborn to the elderly. Our hearing clinic has grown from a six day a month clinic to a twelve day a month clinic. We have provided over 1500 hearing screenings in our community and our patients have given over 4000 hours of community service as part of our Circle of Giving model.
The mission of HearCare Connection remains the same: to build the self-worth of individuals by restoring their hearing potential and providing them with opportunities to engage with their communities through service to others.
We are especially thankful to all our partners, donors, community foundations, volunteer audiologists and hearing care providers who brought this vision to fruition.
"You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, you won't even have to think about it." - Maya Angelou