BRISTOL - A few years ago, 86-year-old Sabina Pachocka noticed that she started to lose hearing.
“It wasn’t that bad, but last year it was getting worse,” Pachocka said. “It was very difficult to understand conversations. I had to keep asking questions and it was very embarrassing to me.”
Andrea Angell, Pachocka’s granddaughter, wrote a letter to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation to see if she could get her grandmother approved for new hearing aids.
The Foundation, a charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need, and are unable to access them.
In her letter, Angell wrote: “My grandmother, who we call Babci (the Polish word for “grandma”), is one of the most intelligent, charismatic and inspiring women that I have ever known. Her quick wit and unparalleled sense of humor allows her to speak to virtually anyone and make them laugh. Unfortunately, over the last few years, her ability to hear has deteriorated and we can see her struggling to provide input in conversations when she cannot hear properly. It is not only painful for myself and my family to see our amazing grandmother have to struggle to understand the conversation around her, but it is a loss for all the friends, or even strangers, who cannot experience my grandmother’s incredible personality due to her impairment.
“She has expressed her desire to finally be fitted for one of Beltone’s hearing instruments after attending a free hearing screening last month. However, Beltone’s advanced hearing technology is financially out of reach for my grandmother. I was told about the Hearing Care Foundation by a Beltone representative and their mission to help those in financial need to get the hearing care that they require. I am hoping that my grandmother, Sabina Pachocka might be one of the lucky people considered for this financial assistance from Beltone. In fact, my family and I would be the lucky ones, as we would finally get the smiling, sparkling, witty grandmother that we’ve always known, back again.”
On Friday, June 1, Pachocka’s wishes were answered when the Beltone Hearing Center located at 123 Farmington Ave., Bristol, presented her with her free pair of hearing aids. Jamie Havens, a Board-certified hearing instrument specialist, helped fit the hearing device on Pachocka.
“I love my career because we get to help people hear,” said Havens, “And it’s unfortunate if someone can’t afford them. Sabina was a hot ticket; she’s a very nice lady and I was happy that foundation approved her. She’s a sweetheart.”
“We are thrilled to be able to help Sabina Pachocka, obviously a person who is truly deserving and who needed our assistance in a huge way. We are also happy to have played an important role in changing her life for the better,” said Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone New England.