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Getting Results: Man in need getting new hearing aids

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local man who needed help to hear what he's been missing at church and at home since he lost his hearing aids is getting some help.

Al Szymanski, 80, has an 8- percent hearing loss. He had hearing aids for both ears at a cost of $2,000. He said about a year ago he leased out a room at his house and the renters stole his belongings and stepped on his hearing aids.

One of the hearing aids was not working prior to the incident, but the other was ruined.

"The left ear is the one the girl stomped on. I was calling 911 to try to get her out of my house," Szymanski said.

Single hearing aids can range from $1,200 for a low end device up to $3,500. Most hearing impaired people need two of them, according to the AARP.

The organization also said hearing aids and most hearing tests are not covered by Medicare. Medicaid often covers hearing aids, but each states' requirements differ.

Szymanski runs a public service website and new hearing aids would help him with that endeavor. He also wanted hearing aids so he could go to church on Sundays.

"I can hear the music in the beginning and such, but when the preacher talks I try to lip read a little bit, but I'm not talented at that," Szymanski said.

He said insurance won't cover the costs of new hearing aids. He doesn't expect someone to buy him a new set, but would like some help in acquiring them.

"I try to get some hearing aids through the Lions Club and things, but no response. If there's anyone out there who can help me towards the hearing aids," he said.

Well after hearing Syzmanski's story, the owner of Bieri Hearing in Saginaw decided to help.

She is fitting him with custom-molded, top-shelf hearing aids and a 3-year care program.

Cathy Bieri said helping people is her passion. "My grandparents were deaf mutes - both grandma and grandpa. My father actually started with hearing instruments back in the 40's. And so my passion has always been to help people hear better and communicate better and talk better."

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