Gift of Hearing
Evelyn Trudo, 97, of Putnam receives her free hearing aid at Beltone in Dayville. The gift came through the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation after Trudo's daughter wrote an emotional letter to the foundation. Courtesy photo.

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PUTNAM — Ninety-seven-year old Evelyn Trudo is truly blessed. Cathy Greene is her incredibly devoted daughter and her guardian angel. She loves her mother dearly, there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her, and that includes going above and beyond the call of duty in times of need.
Unfortunately, Trudo, of Putnam has severe hearing loss and her problem is getting worse. It has caused her to withdraw from doing things she enjoys, and she has become depressed and cut off from everyone.
She had a hearing test done at her local Beltone office in Dayville, where she found out that she needs hearing aids but unfortunately can’t afford them at this time. She also learned there might be a solution to her problem through the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation.
Greene decided to apply to it to see if she could get her mother approved for new hearing aids
The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its 1,500 locations across North America.
“This Foundation gives us a new path to achieve this mission by helping deserving individuals and organizations in their communities enrich their quality of life,” said Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone New England.
Greene wrote a very emotional letter on her mother’s behalf that was included with the application.  In it, she said, “I’m writing this letter in reference to a grant you provide for individuals who can’t afford to purchase the hearing aids you would provide for them.”
“My mother Evelyn Trudo lives on a limited income of Social Security and has no extra money in her budget to purchase hearing aids.”
“Over the last couple of years, her hearing has been failing to the point of having to speak loudly on the phone to her, playing her volume higher on the TV and not being able to understand what is being spoken while sharing in a social gathering.”
“It would be greatly appreciated if you could consider my mother as a candidate to receive this grant for her hearing aids.”
Well, miracles do happen as Evelyn Trudo was approved by The Foundation and was fit with her new hearing aids July 31 at The Beltone Hearing Center in Dayville.
“We are thrilled to have been able to help Evelyn Trudo, obviously a person who is truly deserving and who needed our assistance in a huge way,” said Andreozzi. “We are also happy to have played an important role in changing her life for the better.  That’s what Beltone is all about.”
Evelyn Trudo was delighted to receive her new hearing aids and said: “I couldn’t believe it. Not in this world would I get anything like this. I’m almost 98 years old and can’t believe I won something like this.”
Trudo has had an interesting life, she was born in New Hampshire, lived in Connecticut for 50 years, then lived in Las Vegas for a few years, then moved back to Connecticut and has lived there for the past five years. She was married twice and has raised five children. She is incredibly witty, still drives herself, and worked during the war making airplane parts.


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