November 28, 2016
I just want to thank this Foundation for my generous gift of a hearing aid. You can never imagine how much it means to me and for different reasons than many others.
I have been deaf for many years and last year I had a cochlear implant in my right ear. However, since that time, whenever I have the processor on, I had constant static and squealing in the unit that almost literally drove me crazy. Wearing the implant for 18 hours a day with that noise was to say the least, maddening. Having been further tested by Jay Levenberg at Stony Brook Audiology and a specialist named Charlene from Cochler, it was determined that my hearing was very imbalanced and in order to get rid of this noise, I needed a hearing aid in my other ear to balance it all out. At last an answer to this awful noise in my head after well over a year.
I then went to Mary Bohr at McGuire's Hearing Aid Center in Riverhead and she told me that my old hearing aids couldn't be adapted for what was prescribed by Jay and Charlene. However, she had the most wonderful surprise for me, and that was that all of them had put my name in to your Foundation for the gift of this hearing aid. I have to tell you, tears ran down my face out of not only excitement, but to think that someone was kind enough to award me such a wonderful gift. For me, it is not only the gift of sound, but the gift of quiet sound. To be rid of that horrid noise in my head everyday cannot be expressed enough in words. To face everyday with static in my head, nearly drove me crazy, literally. My disposition, my mood were terrible as I was trying to adjust to this noise that I had no control over. I don't know how my husband managed to live with me for my horrible frustration and disposition that unfortunately he took the brunt of. Thanks to this gift, I now have the true gift of sound that is clear, balanced and without static in my implant. There are no words to express my gratitude for what has been done for me. I can now converse with family and friends without all that unneeded noise, just clear speech, something I thought I would never have again. My son especially said it was nice to talk to me as I wasn't yelling when I spoke. I now not only hear well, but talk normal again.
So on the 28th day of November, 2016, as my husband and I celebrate 52 years of marriage, I truly thank each and everyone of you for your generosity. The gift of sound is something that can never be taken for granted and I and my husband truly thank everyone that was involved in this gift.
Alice M. Jester
August 18th, 2010
To Whom it may Concern:
I am writing this letter to acknowledge Ms. Mary Bohr for her generosity, kindness and expertise.
On May 20, 2010, I had contacted your Riverhead office to ask if an Audiologist would review an adoption file of a little girl with a hearing loss from China. The receptionist kindly gave me Ms Mary Bohr's email to forward the file. I had informed the receptionist that I was prepared to pay for the service. Please note that we are not patients of any of the McGuire offices.
We had 72 hours to decide if we were going to accept the child as our own and we were coming up on 48 hours. It was apparent that Ms. Bohr wasted no time in reviewing the file. She had called me within 30 minutes and addressed the ABSR Record that was attached to the file.
Ms Bohr's professionalism was outstanding. We are familiar with deafness. I have been an educational interpreter for the deaf for over 22 years and my husband's grandmother has been using sign language for the past 15 years due to hearing loss. I had informed Ms Bohr of our experience and still she took the time to explain the file almost instinctively knowing that this was a very stressful decision we had to make. She had reviewed the findings in layman terms and educated me on the latest technology that is available to persons with a hearing loss as well as local services for the deaf. I was very impressed.
The conversation ended and Ms. Bohr had wished us luck. I asked what the fee for the review was and she told me there was no fee. I was shocked and very thankful.
We are happy to say that we had accepted this little girl to be our daughter. Ms Bohr had help in making the right decision for our family. I am very grateful.
I would like Ms Mary Bohr to be acknowledged for her selflessness in our time of need. I am sure she had a busy schedule but still she cared enough to open her email, review a file and make a call to a person who she did not know and who was not a patient. That is called dedication and an act of kindness. I am very impressed with your staff and the way you conduct business. I am sure you will be seeing us when we come home from China with our Daughter.