Readers: As I mentioned a few weeks back, Nano Hearing Aids — nanohearingaids.com — was giving away 24 pairs of hearing aids through this column.
The company is in the process of contacting the people it picked for this giveaway based on their need and their inability to pay for hearing aids on their own. Here are the fifth and sixth lucky winners:
Nano: I have missed the past couple of giveaways and finally got this one on time. I am writing for my dad, a Vietnam vet without VA benefits and very limited income.
My dad was the man of the house, the provider. Bad misfortunes hit us hard and mom had to get three sweat-factory jobs to make ends meet. School lunch ladies took pity on me and would sneak an extra sandwich or something once in a while so I would stop going to school hungry.
School and success have been my push — my dream was to provide for them and care for them. After defeating cancer twice, both times before my 30th birthday, I finally was able to go to nursing school little by little.
It took forever, but I still have $200,000 in debt. Job offers are limited, and after 14 years and eight miscarriages, hubby and I were finally able to have a baby. It’s been three years since I have been able to work with my own ailments and a disabled hubby.
My dad had to have a kidney transplant in 2002. I wanted to be the live donor, but with my age and first cancer diagnosis, my half-sister was able to provide it instead.
We thought finally things would start looking up, but had more misfortune, and he became disabled and started to lose his vision. What we didn’t expect was that he would also lose his hearing. We were able to scrape together money when we could, but now it’s severe and insurance expects him to pay $5,000.
We just can’t afford it. He has become quite depressed, and puts a lot more caregiver stress on my mom. So besides not only not being able to see his youngest grandchild, he also can’t hear her.
I know you probably get tons of stories every giveaway. I do hope you will consider our situation. Whoever does win will really appreciate it. Thanks for your generosity, but even more, thanks for changing someone’s life. K.T.
Nano: I recently read an article regarding a possible free giveaway of hearing aids. The article didn’t list any special criteria for selection or rules to apply so I’ll simply state my situation.
I’m a 72-year-old honorably discharged US Air Force veteran who served in Da Nang, Vietnam, in 1967-1968. My work location was next to an aircraft taxiway and jet engine test pad. While there, I was constantly exposed to very high noise levels without any hearing protection.
The hearing in my left ear is quite poor, while my right ear is somewhat less affected.
I would be pleased to “hear” how to apply or receive a free pair of hearing aids. J.M.