Henrico woman receives the gift of better hearing

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC) — Family dinners and church services are just some of the activities Carrie Burton cannot wait to do now that she can hear better.

The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation gave the 84-year-old new hearing aids free of charge this morning at its center in Glen Allen.

It all started when Burton’s daughter Karen Eldridge wrote a letter to Beltone explaining her mother’s hearing aids broke in April.

“Been terrible,” Burton chuckles. “People talking, and I’m just trying to hear what they’re saying and I pick up their background noises.”

In the letter Eldridge explained her mother not being able to hear was a safety risk, and she was also having a hard time connecting with her loved ones, including members of her church congregation who call her ‘Mom.’

“You won’t know how it is until you have to go through it,” explains Burton.

Burton was unable to afford to buy herself new hearing aids and says Beltone answered her daughter’s call for help.

“Oh yes, I’m thankful,” she says. “Thank God for all of this.”

The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation donates hearing aids to those who are in need and are unable to access them.

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