The Audiology and Hearing Improvement Center of Baystate Wing Hospital and Medical Centers recently hosted their 9th Annual Patient Appreciation Breakfast at the Ludlow County Club.
In addition to thanking patients for choosing Baystate Wing for their Audiology and Hearing Aid care, this annual event was an opportunity for audiology patients and their guests to learn more about the wide variety of health care services offered by the audiology program, as well as the many health care services and new physicians that have recently joined the Wing Hospital.
What the centers offer
The Audiology and Hearing Improvement Centers located in Palmer and Ludlow offer routine hearing tests, specialized audiological testing, and tests for middle ear functions. In addition, Baystate Wing’s medical centers located in Ludlow and Palmer have comprehensive hearing aid programs that provide hearing aid evaluations, demonstrations, purchases, fittings, adjustments and cleanings. Special services such as swim plugs, noise protectors, and musicians’ earplugs are also available.
Out in the community, staff from Baystate Wing’s Audiology Program offer free clinics at the Palmer, Ludlow, and Belchertown Senior Centers providing hearing screenings, checking ears for wax, and clean and check hearing aids at no charge.
About the financial help program
In 2008 the Baystate Wing Audiology Honor Fund (AHF) was established by an anonymous donor to help provide financial assistance to eligible individuals in the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley Regions, who were motivated to improve their hearing with the use of hearing aids.
Since the program began, 35 honor fund recipients have received financial assistance for hearing improvement aids thanks to the generosity of the donor and also many other donors that continue to grow the fund.
Applications for the honor fund are now being accepted, and recipients must meet certain criteria in order to obtain funding through the AHF. The necessary criteria includes: the applicant has a yearly income of less than 200% of the federal poverty level, and is serious about wearing a hearing aid. Applications are available in the main lobby of Baystate Wing Hospital or by calling 413-284-5499.