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Heuser Hearing Institute Receives $100,000 Donation from Delta Dental to Fund Unique Programming 

Through Delta Dental of Kentucky’s substantial donation, Listen Up! Project sees a second year, hearing test kiosks pop up

Louisville, Kentucky (January 10, 2017) – Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) is off to a great start this year with a $100,000 donation from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen®. The donation will support The Listen Up! Project, free hearing tests, and hearing and oral health educational presentations throughout the state. 

“We are thrilled to welcome back Delta Dental as a Heuser partner whose generosity will support unique projects within our clinic,” said Brett Bachmann, CEO of HHI. While this donation marks the second year Delta Dental has partnered with the nonprofit, this year’s involvement will take the partnership to a new level.  “Having them back on board with an even larger donation will help us accomplish new goals. The Listen Up! Project will continue to donate free hearing aids in return for individuals volunteering, plus we will get to do more hearing and oral health education presentations throughout the state. And the more successes we have at the clinic, the more we get to fund and grow our Hearing & Language Academy,” added Bachmann.

In spring 2016, HHI launched the Listen Up! Project, a need-based program in Louisville, thanks to a large contribution from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen®. The Listen Up! Project was founded with the goal to assist individuals who are financially unable to afford the hearing aids they desperately need. Potential participants and their family members can volunteer at various non-profits around Louisville in exchange for credit towards hearing aids from HHI. The program saw over 50 applicants in its first year and funds were allocated for 15 individuals to participate in the program. With the continued funding and the clinic’s manufacturing partnerships, HHI is optimistic that the Listen Up! Project will be able to donate 10 hearing aid sets per year and become a permanent program within the institution. 

The grant will also support kiosks that allow participants to take a free self-administered hearing test. Currently two hearing health kiosks have been installed at UPS Airport and a doctor’s office in town.  So far the kiosks have provided close to 80 free hearing tests per day. 

“It is always so touching to see firsthand all of the wonderful organizations the Making Smiles Happen initiative supports. During our visit to the Heuser campus we witnessed the direct impact both the clinic and school make on the lives of so many,” said Tammy York-Day, Chief Operating Officer of Delta Dental of Kentucky. 

In addition, funds will be allocated to provide educational presentations at various venues state-wide highlighting appropriate dental hygiene, as well as the effects of hearing loss. These components will educate participants on the strong correlation between hearing loss and oral hygiene.  Furthermore, through this partnership Delta Dental be the title sponsor of Heuser Hearing & Language Academy’s main annual fundraiser, Sound Beginnings Breakfast, slated for May 19th

About Heuser Hearing Institute:
Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) is a multi-specialty nonprofit campus promoting the needs of children and adults with disorders of hearing and balance. Our organization has been serving Louisville and many of the surrounding Kentucky and Indiana communities since 1948. HHI began as an educational center called the Louisville Deaf Oral School many decades ago. Today, the institute includes three facilities: the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, which offers outstanding preschool and kindergarten programs for children with speech and hearing challenges; the Heuser Hearing Clinic, which is home to a full-time staff of audiologists and otolaryngologists serving patients of all ages; and the regional Heuser Early Intervention Program, which provides home-based services for infants and toddlers through the Kentucky and Indiana First Steps programs. Proceeds from hearing aid sales at the clinic help fund the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy.

About Delta Dental of Kentucky and Making Smiles Happen®:
Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of providers gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care. 

Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky’s promise to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, this initiative supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and Making Smiles Happen enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout our Commonwealth.