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January 21, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

More Free Hearing Aids for Athletes

By Karl Hejlik

Special Olympics Michigan athlete Laney Klotz received free hearing aids from Special Olympics in 2012.

Special Olympics athletes with hearing impairments will be able to enjoy the roars of the cheering crowds as they compete, thanks to a two-year agreement between the Swiss Hear the World Foundation and the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program announced January 22. As part of the global partnership, the Hear the World Foundation will donate hearing aids to be distributed after free hearing screenings provided at Special Olympics events, as well as the ability for athletes to visit local hearing centers for fittings and calibrations of the devices. This agreement continues an invaluable relationship between Special Olympics and Hear the World that began in 2011 and has already helped hundreds of athletes with hearing difficulties worldwide.

About Karl Hejlik: Senior Manager, Health and Research Communications.

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