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Record Number: 8452
Displayed from: Feb 01, 2012 , until: Mar 01, 2012
Forty-three Fort Wayne Community Schools students with hearing loss will travel to the SportZone in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 3, to receive new hearing aids from the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization devoted to providing hearing aids to those in need. The Starkey Foundation partnered with Carter Hearing Clinics in Fort Wayne to prepare the students to receive their new hearing aids by performing hearing tests and making impressions for the students' new ear molds. Most of the students will be fit with hearing aids on both ears. The programmable aids they will receive can cost as much as $2,500, including the hearing test, ear molds and follow-up services. Several other local organizations also assisted to make the trip possible, including Excursions Trailways motorcoach company, Allen County Deaf Children Association, Kiwanis Club and the Breakfast Sertoma Club, which has provided hearing aid batteries for students for more than 20 years. "Hearing aids can be quite expensive, and the parents of many of our students can't afford brand-new hearing aids for their children," FWCS Audiologist Nancy Lewis said. "Although hearing aids do not typically return a person's hearing to normal as glasses do with vision, there is no doubt that quality hearing aids that are programmed to a student's specific hearing loss can make a significant difference in his or her ability to succeed in the classroom. Our students will greatly benefit from the gift of hearing provided by the Starkey Foundation."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.