Students Raise Money to Purchase Hearing Device for Classmate

Students Raise Money to Purchase Hearing Device for Classmate

By Chrissy Hughes on 30th March 2018

In the spirit of the upcoming Easter holiday, we wanted to share a heartwarming story about how other people’s kindness and compassion can change someone’s life.

14-year-old Justin Benefiel from Greenfield, Indiana has been dealing with hearing loss since he was born. He is 60% deaf in his right ear and 70% in his left ear making it quite difficult for him to function in everyday life from learning to socializing. The Greenfield-Central Junior High School 7th grader does his everyday tasks at school with the help from a sign language interpreter and a streamer – a piece of audiological technology that allows him to hear better in a noisy environment.

The steamer is a personalized hearing aid system that is used to clear the background noise making the speaker’s voice more perceptible working from up to 50 feet away. Even though the hearing aid has been quite helpful for Justin, he was only provided with one at school. This meant Justin still struggled with hearing and communicating with his family at home since they don’t know sign language as well as he does.

Hearing impaired assistant Andrea Espich signs to Justin Benefiel during a recent science class at Greenfield Central Junior High School. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

The moment everything changed

Justin’s wellness teacher, Sara Garringer was inspired by how kind, friendly and motivated Justin is. She had an idea on how to help him out. Sara asked her students if they wanted to donate a dollar or more to buy Justin the hearing aid that he could use at home. Their reaction was overwhelming. Everyone wanted to help out. Students from all of her six classes, even their parents, and grandparents. The students raised more than $500 to buy their friend the equipment that he needed.

Justin and his family were thrilled, especially because being such an expensive piece of technology they wouldn’t have been able to afford it themselves. For the first time in 14 years, he’s able to properly hear his mother’s and father’s voice even when they are in another room. They are grateful to everyone that helped.

This beautiful story is a reminder of how small gestures of love and compassion can make a big difference in someone’s life. It’s something to think about this holiday since it’s a great time to do something for the loved ones we care about.

All of us at Restored Hearing wish you a happy Easter and if you have any questions or you would like to get in touch contact us on Twitter, Facebook or email and we would be happy to hear from you!

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