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August 16, 2013 | North America: Illinois

First Athlete in Illinois Receives Free Hearing Aids Through Special Olympics Healthy Hearing

By Michele Evans Henson

Audiologist Stephanie Born fits David Wargo with Phonak hearing aids.

David Wargo, 49, of Thayer, Ill., was all smiles on Aug. 6 when he received two new Phonak hearing aids at the office of Dr. Charles Swain at Springfield Clinic Audiology. David is the first athlete in Illinois to receive hearing aids from Special Olympics Healthy Hearing and Phonak’s Hear the World Foundation. David had his hearing screened at this year’s Summer Games and was referred for follow-up, said Lindsay Bondurant, Special Olympics Health Hearing Clinical Director for Illinois. At David’s fitting, his mother Katherine Wargo shared, “I’m so glad I sent him through Healthy Athletes. I don’t know what we’d do without Special Olympics. When we learned we were receiving these aids, we thought we’d never been that lucky,” she said with tears in her eyes. The Phonak hearing aids come with a one-year warranty to repair or replace the aids, plus free batteries for a year. Bondurant estimated the value of the voucher at about $4,000.

About Michele Evans Henson: Special Olympics Illinois Director of Communications & Publications

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