YUMA, Ariz.- September is ‘Hunger Action’ month across the country. As the Yuma Community Food Bank works year round to help feed those in need, now nation-wide company Beltone is taking part in donating to their cause.
Rick Gurney, hearing instrument specialist at Beltone, says “Beltone is actually the oldest hearing company in the United States, here since 1940, and a part of the Yuma community for 20 years.”
They provide free screenings along with hearing services for people across the county. Locally, Beltone is collaborating with the local food bank in hopes of giving back to people here in Yuma.
Gurney mentions, “If our patients come in and bring us a can of food in return they recieve a free pack of batteries and they can even get a free screening for their hearing if they come by.”
The cans collected for Beltone’s food drive will be donated to the Yuma Community Food bank, with that they are also hoping to raise awareness.
Gurney says, “It’s so important to have hearing checks. What people don’t realize is once someone becomes a candidate for hearing aids they actually start to lose the ability little by little to process speech effectively”.
He also adds that neglecting hearing problems can affect your brain over time and increases the onset of dementia.
“It actually pays dividends the rest of a person’s life once they can correct their hearing loss”
They are collecting cans at the Beltone location in the Foothills at 11665 South Fortuna Road through September 16th.
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