Lions Club Hears

As Ray McGowan grew in age and began losing his hearing, he knew he needed hearing aids.

“Every time talking to you I’d be saying huh! Huh! Before I got my hearing aids, I noticed myself doing it all the time,” said Ray McGowan, Client of Naperville Noon Lions Club Hearing Program.

But getting those hearing aids wouldn’t have been possible without a helping hand from the Naperville Noon Lions Club, a not-for-profit that strives to help those in need.

“Lions Club, our position is that we wish to help these people and that they had a situation happen, they just need some help so we’re there to provide them with the service and the hearing aids,” said Karen Maxwell, Audiologist for Naperville Noon Lions Club.

Maxwell, spends her days serving patients who have hearing loss, but don’t have the funds to get treated.

“Hearing aids are really, really, expensive, they can go $2000, $3,000, or $4,000 for one and most people cannot afford them who are just working and all of a sudden they need a hearing aid,” said Maxwell.

She treats roughly a hundred patients each year in her home office, giving them the gift of sound.

“It’s a case-by-case basis and we provide all different types of hearing aides there’s no limits, you can have in the ear, behind the ear, you can have an assisted living device, whatever that client needs we try to get for them,” said Maxwell.

The discounted services are made possible through the Lions Club fundraisers, the partner with a hearing aid manufacturing company, and Karen bringing services to people.

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