Hearing Aid Donation Supports 13 FWISD Students
More than a dozen Fort Worth ISD students have personal hearing aids, thanks to a donation from Oticon Hearing Foundation, an international nonprofit, and local boy Braden Baker.
District audiologists, professionals who diagnose and treat hearing issues, fitted 13 FWISD students, who can’t afford such devices, with personal state-of-the-arts hearing aids at no cost Wednesday, June 12 at Boulevard Heights.
Braden Baker, a 12-year-old Fort Worth boy who wears hearing aids himself, launched an online campaign in 2017 to raise funds for the Oticon Hearing Foundation that supports people who can’t afford hearing aids. His desire to help was the result of learning how much the aids cost after his dog ate his hearing devices twice. Since the launch of the campaign, Braden has raised more than $112,000, including a $20,000 donation from “The Ellen Show,” and helped multiple people hear around the globe.
The Oticon Hearing Foundation was founded in 2010 and is funded by donations from U.S. hearing aid manufacturer and supplier, Oticon, Inc. The foundation supports “underserved populations worldwide,” supplying adults and children with hearing aids, according to its website. Click here to learn more.
Recently, Braden contacted the District offering to help FWISD students.
“Through the kindness of a 12-year-old boy’s heart, students with hearing loss in Fort Worth ISD will have access to improved hearing in both social and academic situations,” said Dr. Aubrey Ploof, an educational audiologist with FWISD’s Speech, Language and Hearing Services.
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