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Help is coming to Kansas City for those suffering from hearing loss but can’t afford hearing aids!
The Miracle-Ear Mission will be held at Kauffman Stadium on October 1, 2022. This one-day community outreach event will bring access to hearing aids to those in need. This includes military veterans that do not qualify for hearing aids with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and underprivileged children suffering from hearing loss that do not qualify for state assistance.
When a qualified applicant walks out of Kauffman Stadium, they will leave with a free pair of prescriptive hearing aids and a lifetime of free aftercare for the devices.
“We’re proud to support better hearing in the Kansas City communities,” said Tiffany Davis, president of Miracle-Ear Midwest. “When given the chance to improve lives through the “Gift of Sound,” we want to ensure every Kansas City area resident has the opportunity.”
For more information about the Kansas City Miracle-Ear Mission event, qualifications and how to apply, visit miracleearmission.org.
Why the Miracle-Ear Mission Is Important
Historically, hearing loss is not an issue often in the spotlight of health education or philanthropic causes. The Miracle-Ear Mission is going to change that. Creating awareness about the need for hearing help is a first step to create change in the social and charitable outcome for underprivileged individuals.
In the U.S., a reported one in eight people aged 12 or older have hearing loss in both ears. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition the population suffers from.
The poverty rate in the Kansas City metro area, including Missouri and Kansas, is 10.5% with a population of 2.16 million. That means 226,800 individuals within its boundaries live in poverty.
Those numbers indicate that thousands of people in Kansas City are suffering from hearing loss but can’t do anything about it. The Miracle-Ear Mission is open for anyone who qualifies in the Kansas City region and surrounding areas.
Medical research shows the undisputed negative impact of hearing loss with aspects, such as cognitive abilities, social isolation, depression, economic and educational disadvantages, and the overall quality of life.
If left untreated, hearing loss can be devastating for an individual and their family. A few of the disadvantages and consequences hearing loss can cause:
- Social isolation and withdrawal
- Depression and anxiety
- Communication issues
- Cognitive decline, including dementia
- Decline in self-esteem
- Economic and educational disadvantages
- Balance issues
For more information, qualifications, or to apply for the Miracle-Ear Mission in Kansas City on October 1, 2022, at Kauffman Stadium, visit miracleearmission.org