The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma generously granted $25,000 to Hearts for Hearing, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit providing hearing technology, audiology and specialized speech therapy services to Oklahoma children with hearing loss. This gift will help provide services that teach a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Masons for their support of our mission,” said Joanna T. Smith, Founder and CEO. “Their continued support will allow children with hearing loss in Oklahoma the opportunity to achieve the same goals as their normal hearing peers.”
A generous gift of $25,000 from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma will benefit families across the state. In addition to providing the first set of hearing aids to children through age ten at no cost to families as well as financial assistance for specialized speech therapy and audiology services. The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma’s grant will fund services for children with hearing loss, impacting their lives for many years to come.
“Public education and wellness are focal points of our mission. We recognize that hearing loss can cause great challenges for children and their ability to obtain an education, have meaningful relationships, and enjoy every opportunity for the best quality of life. Early detection and therapy can provide life-changing help for children with hearing loss to learn to listen and talk,” said John Logan, Executive Director of the Masonic Charity Foundation.
Established in 2003 to provide funding for children’s hearing aids, Hearts for Hearing grew quickly into a comprehensive hearing health program for children with hearing loss, offering both audiology services and auditory-verbal therapy. In 2013, to meet the growing demand for adult hearing health care, the mission expanded again to open a clinic specifically designed for adults. Comprehensive care is available in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Hearts for Hearing was founded in 2003 with a mission of providing hearing technology and speech therapy services at no out-of-pocket costs to families with children who were born deaf. 20 years later, we are still teaching babies and children born deaf to listen and talk. Our services have expanded to include adult hearing care with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Shawnee. Our team of professionals has grown from our original three people to 117 now. Hearts for Hearing continues to provide the first set of hearing technology and therapy to children at no out-of-pocket costs to families, and now includes Newborn Hearing Screen services, major research initiatives, Eyes Open Ears On programming, and its own 3D ear mold lab.