On Sept. 22, Scottdale resident Joann Villella visited Beltone West for her recently approved, charitable hearing aid fitting.
The national Beltone Foundation approved her application, which was filled out and submitted by Scottsdale Hearing Instrument Specialist, Dustin McMinn, a press release stated. According to McMinn of Beltone West, Villella was in awe when they first turned on the hearing aids. Her grandson who accompanied her was thrilled to see her visual reaction. Villella commented on the air conditioning, asking if she was supposed to hear it — that’s how improved her hearing was immediately.
McMinn coached her through using the hearing aids long term and performed the actual fit and adjustments. She now has Belcare, too, which is Beltone’s lifetime care plan, including unlimited follow-up visits at no charge.
Villella originally came to Beltone West to see if there was anything that could be done to help her hear better, despite not being able to afford much and having been discouraged. She knew how important it was to have her hearing loss treated, since she struggled with understanding simple conversations with people around her. She had also studied health prevention and became concerned about the effect that hearing loss can have in relation to dementia and cognitive decline. A motivation for treating her hearing loss was to delay comorbidities as much as possible, especially dementia.
This is why Beltone West submitted her successful application to be a foundation recipient.