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84 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 Lions Club aids Milford Memorial Hospital audiology patient For 30 years, Lewes resident Ronel Carter used a secondhand hearing aid bought from a friend for $35. The Lewes Lions Club and the Delaware Lions Founda- tion recently upgraded Carter's hearing aid to a state-of-the-art digital model that allows him to finally hear "The sounds of life." More than 50 years ago, 6-year- old Carter got swimmer's ear after swimming in the bay. While re- ceiving treatment, his eardrums ruptured and medicine didn't cor- rect it, ruining his inner ear. After surgeries and visits to many doc- tors, Carter began wearing a hear- ing aid in 1958. A friend who wears a heating aid recommended he go to Bay- health - Milford Memorial Hospi- tal's Audiology Department and update his classic hearing aid. "It was the best audiology test Submitted photo Bailey Maull of the Lewes Lions Club, left, gives the gift of sound to Ronel Carter of Lewes. The Lewes Lions Club and the Delaware Lions Foundation combined efforts to provide a new digital hearing aid to replace Carter's 30-year-old hearing aid. I've ever had, the best lab," he said. "I was very impressed and pleased." However, Carter learned the price and quality of hearing aids had risen dramatically since his $35 purchase in 1973. That's where the Lewes Lions Club and Delaware Lions Foundation came in. Typically known for assisting the visually impaired, the Lions club has embarked on a new mis- sion to help those with hearing loss as well, according to District 22D Region Chairman Bailey Maull of the Lewes Lions Club. "Hearing aids are much more expensive than eye exams and eye glasses, so we turned to the Delaware Lions Foundation," he said. "We deal mainly through grants on special-case situations, which we submitted on Ron's case. The Delaware Lions Foun- dation put $750 toward Ron's hearing aid and we put up another $750, so Ron only had a little bit left to pay." 'q'he first day I got it I sat out- side on my patio and just listened to the sounds of life: birds, dogs barking, wind blowing through the trees, people talking, someone working on his house. It was wonderful to sit and listen to it - the things most people don't even pay attention to. I just sat and lis- tened to life. I hadn't heard like that for 50 years," he said. Now, the licensed ham radio operator can concentrate even more on his special interest: audio equipment and technology. "I'm on top of the word. I can function in a crowd and pick up what I want to hear. It makes it much easier for me to engage in conversations. I'm absolutely tickled to death; I couldn't be hap- pier," he said. The certified audiologists at Bayhealth's Audiology Laborato- ry provide complete audiology services, including diagnostic hearing testing, hearing therapy, testing to determine causes of dizziness, testing and recommen- dations for relief of ringing in the ears/ear noises, and hearing de- vice sales and service. Call 430- 5701 for more information. ) Bariatric support group meets June 17 Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital's bmiatric support group provides support and information for people suffering from clinically severe obesity who are considering or who have had gastric bypass surgery. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Par- ticipants will have the opportunity to discuss their problems, concerns and coping methods with health-care professionals. The group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, in room 206 in the Grier Building. For more information, call Terry Towne, MSN, R_N, at 430-5065 or 302-744-6724. These Dagsboro family dentists are just: as skilled and caring. Call today. See for yourself iust how professional, concerned l and friendly your "new" dentists can be! ARE YOU UNHAPPY WITH YOUR PROFILE? Perhaps a Chin Implant or Platysmaplasty (neck tightening) will make your profile much more to your liking! Dr. Mandris has been performing these procedures under local anesthesia in his surgical suite for the past 17 years, making these procedures surprisingly affordable. Call today, for a complementary cosmetic consultation. Dr. Mandris offers free skin cancer screenings and "no nonsense" skin cancer treatment. Louis R. Mandr,s, M.D. Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery Delaware Shores Plastic Surgery Bayview Medical Center 1539 Savannah Road, Suite 103, Lewes, Delaware Call 302-645-8100 to schedule an appointment.