Piqua man receives the gift of sound

Staff report

PIQUA – Miracle-Ear® of Piqua, a part of the nationwide hearing solution franchise, partnered with the Miracle-Ear Foundation to provide a local man the gift of sound.

Chester Snapp’s hearing was damaged from lack of proper ear protection while working with loud machinery cutting timber. His family and friends were frustrated because conversations were difficult.

After researching his options, Snapp found the Miracle-Ear Foundation online. He came in for an evaluation, and hearing aid specialist Mary Shoffner helped him with his application and submitted it to the Foundation. Upon approval, Snapp was fit with donated hearing aids and gifted life-time aftercare.

“By giving me hearing aids, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has given me the ability to interact with the world around me, especially with my family and friends.” said Snapp, whose favorite pastimes include fishing, spending time with family, and going to McDonald’s for coffee with friends.

“And not only did I receive free hearing aids, but Miracle-Ear encouraged me to come in for regular follow-up care.”

The Miracle-Ear foundation, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, supports underserved adults and children across the country. In partnership with local franchisee, Scott Beall, and his staff, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has donated more than 8,000 hearing aids to over 5,000 individuals nationwide, including the aids donated to Snapp, whose hearing aid fitting marks Dr. Beall’s commitment to supporting the Foundation throughout all of his 36 owned and operated Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana stores.

“We know that hearing loss lowers the quality of life for adults at any age,” said Dr. Beall. “When hearing loss goes undetected, it can lead to social isolation, strained relationships, and can even impact earning potential. That is why the staff at all 36 of our full-time Miracle-Ear locations are happy to donate resources and time to enhance the lives of others.”

The local Miracle-Ear franchise has supported adults and children in Piqua for many years, providing hearing aids to those in need.

“We’re proud to support better hearing in our community,” said Dr. Beall “When given the chance to improve lives through the gift of sound, we want to ensure every Piqua resident has the opportunity.”

For more information about the Miracle-Ear Foundation visit www.miracle-earfoundation.org.

Staff report