Supporting The Big Country Through The “Give Hear Program”

Here at Holland Hearing Center, we feel a large obligation as the hearing care experts in Big Country.

With so many people walking around with an untreated hearing loss due to the financial investment required to achieve better hearing, it breaks our heart that so many people are suffering from minimized communication, loneliness and a feeling of not being themselves anymore.

That’s why, in 2019, we teamed up United Way of Abilene!

United Way is a selfless organization that believes that everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life. They work with Community Partners to address the needs of today and tomorrow while seeking ways to create positive, lasting change. We all win when people are healthy.

Working together we have created the “Give Hear Program”.

The Give Hear Program was created to allow those in our community who have hearing loss and cannot otherwise afford hearing help, the opportunity to receive that help. This is a program in which donated hearing aids, provided by those in our community, are reconditioned and repurposed to be fitted and given to others.

Leveraging the power of our “Back Buy Program” and the support from United Way of Abilene’ We are donating completely refurbished hearing aids that have been given to us by patients and fitting them to people throughout the community in need.

Candidates who wish to be considered for this program

1 – Contact 2-1-1

  • Choose Language
  • Choose “Option 1”
  • Ensure you are speaking with a West Central Region representative
  • Reference Holland Hearing’s Give Hear Program

2 – Complete a Needs Assessment

The next steps would be to complete a needs assessment and include basic information.

3 – Provide Documentation

Must be able to provide documentation of hearing loss 

4 – Hearing Consultation

If selected, a Holland Hearing Center representative will reach out within a week of approval to schedule a hearing aid consultation.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from this program please have them contact 2-1-1 Texas a Call for Help.

Give Hear Program - United Way logo

People Helped Through the 'Give Hear Program'

Hearing Aids Donated

Patients Supported Through the ‘Give Hear Program’

“This last year has been a rough one for me and my family. We have had to deal with a lot including the total loss of our home to a fire. When my world was so overwhelming with stress, God heard my prayers! He placed a perfect stranger in my life to remind me that there’s still good in this hectic world. This man, Mr, Moore, donated a pair of hearing aids. His kindness blows my mind. He changed my world so much! You never realize how bad your hearing is until your hearing aids are fit and your hearing once again. I am blessed with hearing all conversations with my grandkids now, and a lot of sounds I forgot about. I can’t express my appreciation enough. Thank you! You will never know who or when God will place an earthly angel to help us and answer our prayers. Thank you for everything and giving me a better quality of hearing and life. I also wanted to thank Sue Ann and the staff. They are amazing! Sending love to all! Thank you.”

Robert Stonehouse

“To the person who gave their used Hearing Aids to me, I thank you with my whole heart. Let me tell you a little bit about me.

My name is Elsie Collett. I am best known as Rosie to my friends. I have loved roses as long as I can remember. I still raise some roses out on a small farm that I own. My age is 81 and will be 82 in June. I was divorced a lot more years than I was married, raised my blood son and an adopted daughter as a single parent. I was able to educate my children.

I am fighting cancer for the 3rd time around. This last battle started in early 2019. Had surgery in 2019 and again minor surgery in 2020. I had been cancer free for over 42 years, so wasn’t expecting it to come back. But it did.

Unless God sends me another miracle, I most likely have only months left to live, I will live my life to the fullest as long as I can. I made the choice after listening to my cancer team, not to take their advice. They wanted me to have Chemo, radiation and kill all of my hormones. I know a lot about cancer and dying. I worked for a while taking care of dying patients who choose to die at home, instead of hospital. So, I know the good, bad and ugly of cancer and treatments. If I chose any or all of the treatments that was suggested that I do, I would live maybe a few extra weeks or even a few extra months, but I would be too ill to enjoy any of my life. So, I refused. If God wants me healed, HE will do it, if not then I have to accept whatever God chooses to do with my life.

I have kept up with the latest Cancer Research that is published every 3 months. Don’t get me wrong, I do not consider myself brave, just a stubborn old woman who intends to keep doing the things that I love to do. I did count up the money cost that it would be to fight this cancer again as my team suggested. I would cost over 1 ½ million dollars and I would be sick, most likely the rest of my life, just so I could stay alive a few more months. I know where I am going when I die. So, in the meantime I intend to keep doing what I do for God.

I am a lay preacher for the United Methodist Church. What this means is that I do not get paid any money for all the things that I do, except I do get God’s blessing for doing it. My membership is currently with Avoca United Methodist Church. I started preaching in a local jail, not in this area when I just turned 12 years old. I have continued to preach any chance that I get. I spent 2 years teaching by mail to four prison systems, 3 in Texas and one in CA. No one that I knew was teaching the Old Testament, just the New. I believe with my whole heart that the OT should be taught because the background of it makes the New Testament make more sense. I had to figure that one out on my own, because most of what I was taught was in the N.T.

I wanted my students that was in prison to be able to see the people as possible great, great, great Grandparents. I wanted the students to see the people as human beings and see them when they made mistakes and how God forgave them. I wanted them to understand what God expects of us as his children and his creations of us.

So, in affect I have preached off and on for over 70 years. I have taught Sunday School for 63 years and retired as a teacher and now only teach when a teacher needs to be gone. I still teach Children’s Church several months of the year. I teach any class that the teacher needs to be out for their own personal reasons. I no longer lead Vacation Bible School, but still teach a class that no one else chooses to teach. This Sunday, I will be teaching the Nursery Children. Lay Preachers do not get paid for their services expect we receive God’s blessing for the work that we so freely give.

Because I live in a small area as far as churches go, two Baptist churches and the Methodist church plan to do Vacation Bible School, we take turns which Church it will be held in every year. Before C-19 hit, many churches got together and had all church singing with a large Supper on every 5th Sunday. Now the singing is on hold. Hopefully, we can start back before the end of this year.

The gift of the hearing aids means I can continue doing what I love most in life! And I am sure that my medical doctors, nurses and the lab thank you, so they don’t have to keep repeating what they have said to me. Usually, they give up and print up from their computer what they want me to understand.

I have asked God to send you extra blessings because you have blessed me with the hearing aids you could no longer use. I had been trying to get a set from the West Texas Rehab for many months. I thank God that Holland Hearing Center chose to help me and all of the people that I had to ask what did you say? Thanks again.

Elsie Collett

My experience with Holland Hearing from day one was wonderful!How Bill Was ‘Floored’ By The Difference
I first realized that I had a hearing loss 30 years ago when I started to hear a bothersome noise in my ears. I first thought this was tinnitus. The first person that I went to said I had a little high frequency loss and there was nothing that could be done about my tinnitus. Then I started having difficulty accurately hearing certain words, especially in crowds or at a restaurant. As time passed and I knew I needed to get my hearing tested again, my biggest fear was that the tinnitus could not be mitigated and that any devices I needed were financially out of my reach. My experience with Holland Hearing from day one was wonderful! I met with Dr. Sue Ann and was made to feel comfortable. I felt like I was important to her and her staff, and that they would stick with me until I was satisfied that my hearing issues were resolved. Everyone was friendly, professional, patient, and genuinely concerned about my situation and resolving my issues. I was floored at the difference the hearing aids made! The devices had a feature to help me cope with the tinnitus and I quickly realized I had been missing out on so much because my hearing was definitely not what it needed to be and could be. The “quality of life” thing exists and was so vastly improved after getting tested and fitted for hearing aids. And I actually was able to afford them! Holland Hearing had payment options that fit my financial life perfectly. If you’re considering visiting Holland Hearing Center, I would say that you would not find a better group of hearing professionals anywhere else. I had experience in Abilene and in Dallas with other audiologists and their staff were not at all positive. Holland Hearing was outstanding in all elements of what I expected from the experience. Anyone in this area who has any concerns about their hearing needs to drop everything and get an appointment with Dr. Mangrem or Dr. Holland as soon as they can. You will be absolutely pleased with the results.

Bill
Bill says ‘don’t hesitate to make an appointment’.

I developed tinnitus after military service and tests showed I had general hearing loss. I realized I was having issues hearing when in crowded places and hearing consonants in particular.

I had heard from many people how great the team was at Holland Hearing Center and my impressions have been very positive too. I now enjoy music and conversations much more and don’t have to ask people to repeat things.

My advice to anyone concerned about their hearing would be ‘don’t hesitate to make an appointment – in fact why aren’t you on the phone making one right now!’

‘My family are delighted, and so am I’ – Mr. Bowen’s story
Mr. Bowen first recognized he had a hearing loss while at work a number of years ago. “I was in business meetings and realized I was not really hearing everything I needed to hear,” he says. Initially, he didn’t think a specialist would be able to treat this issue. Like most, he felt it was a problem that everyone had to just deal with as they get older. In any case, he decided to speak to someone at Holland Hearing Center. “This was many years ago when they first opened,” he says. Dr. Kelsi Mangrem assessed his hearing and came up with a solution – advanced hearing technology that would effectively treat his condition. As soon as he left, he witnessed a dramatic change in his experience. And today, he benefits from a range of accessories that are improving his life even further. “Now I can control my hearing aids with my smartphone and use them in ‘restaurant mode’ to reduce background noise,” he says. “I like that they can be updated remotely, and Holland Hearing’s follow up service is great.” But just as important, his work and home life has benefitted from his original decision to see a doctor of audiology. “My business associates, as well as my family, have noticed how much better I am at hearing and are delighted,” he says, adding: “and so am I.” Have you had issues hearing those around you, or know someone else who has? Why not request a call back or write to us with a question, and we can help you today!

A D Bowen
Being a musician is extremely taxing on your hearing…
“I’m a singer and I’ve sung I don’t know how many times in Abilene over the last 30 years. I came here for my most important stop, Holland Hearing Center. I have severe hearing loss from loud music and shooting guns. I hope if you have hearing loss that you should take my word, I could go anywhere in the world, I choose to come to Abilene to Holland Hearing Center.”

Gary Morris – Legendary Country Artist
I recommend Holland Hearing Center to everyone!
I lost my hearing aid whilst out walking. I managed to find it but it was in very bad shape, I brought it back to Holland and after 15 minutes their technician had it back in tip top shape! I was so relieved, and so grateful that the service was free, I recommend Holland Hearing Center to everyone!
Jacqueline Vardiman
Janet No Longer Has to Have the TV So Loud!Janet Shares Her Difficult Previous Experiences and How Holland Hearing Helped

I remember the ringing in my ears started about five years ago. I didn’t know what was causing it so I booked a visit to Holland Hearing Center. My first impression was what friendly staff they had. I can now hear much clearer and don’t have the TV so loud!

Getting help is simple and easy and very rewarding.
It has been over six or seven years ago that I began to realize that I had issues not only with hearing loss but tinnitus as well. My greatest reluctance was with the actual wearing of the hearing aid. As I am very active in ranching and outdoor activities, I anticipated that wearing a hearing aid would be a hindrance to my work and lifestyle. While some adjustment is necessary, I certainly feel the benefits outweigh the adjustment. I first addressed my hearing loss with another specialist with whom I was very pleased but after wearing the device for approximately 5 years, I lost one and had to seek out someone new. I had heard of Holland Hearing and decided to approach them with my needs. They were very attentive to my past experience and aggressively addressed my current needs, showing the new advances in hearing aid therapy and technology. It has been a blessing to have the newest and best technology available and with the knowledge of Dr. Holland, it has been a great improvement to my hearing needs. For the first timer addressing a hearing problem, getting help is simple and easy and very rewarding. The staff at Holland Hearing Center treat you like family and "listen" to what you are experiencing and just "fix" it! Don't wait. Don't wait. The process of improving one's hearing is so painless and satisfying that there is no point in putting off being a better hearing-listener and improving your quality of life.
Joe Bob Smith
I don’t feel complete without my hearing aids
A friend of mine asked me when I was going to get some hearing aids, I realized that if others were noticing my hearing loss then I needed to take the first step towards getting help. I was a little nervous but first impressions during my visit couldn’t have been any better. Having hearing aids has impacted my life tremendously, if I forget to put them on I now don’t feel complete! I’d recommend that anyone concerned about their hearing should go to Holland Hearing Center.
Linda Newhouse
‘A wonderful, professional, personalized service’ – Noel’s story
Like a lot of people, Noel was aware that his hearing had been fading for years. But he hadn’t done anything about it. For a variety of reasons, hearing loss can be a difficult health issue to confront. It’s not something that’s frequently discussed in public – and often close family members are the first to recognize there’s a problem. In Noel’s case, he wasn’t sure where to seek help or who would be the right person to address his particular concerns. But this changed instantly when he met Dr. Sue Ann Holland. “She was so caring, competent, and considerate that I wished I had visited her earlier,” he says. In particular, he valued the way Dr. Holland tailored his treatment directly to his needs, using her expert knowledge to uncover his hearing problem. "It was a wonderful experience; a professional, personalized service – and that’s ideal!” he says. The treatment that Dr. Holland offered him made a huge difference to his life experiences and, in particular, the way he was able to interact with loved ones. “Now that my hearing deficit has been solved, I’m not missing out on conversations anymore!” he says. Today, Noel has a simple message for any future patients with worries: “Anyone doubting their hearing should head for Holland Hearing!” he says. Are you concerned about a hearing loss, or know someone else who is? Why not request a call back or write to us with a question, and we can help you today!

Dr. Noel Chant
Pat's quality of life has been vastly improved
I noticed that I was having trouble with my left ear whilst on the telephone. I had been elsewhere for hearing care but found Holland Hearing Center to be much better. My quality of life has been vastly improved and I would recommend anyone to go and experience the help I have received for themselves.
Pat Kent
How Hearing Loss Was Impacting Richard ImgrahamRichard’s Advice for Anybody That Thinks ‘Hearing Aids are for Old People’
I first noticed that I might have a hearing loss when my wife said I never listen anymore. I had noticed some ringing in my ears and some tone loss but prior to my appointment with Holland Hearing Center, I believed my hearing loss was just a part of getting old and that hearing devices were too intrusive and annoying for me to be comfortable with them (which I now know not to be true – I barely notice they’re there unless I fidget with them). My experience at my first appointment was awesome. I had decided to address my issue with a new attitude – be honest and accept the inevitable. I did not realize that I only had a certain frequency loss. The enhancement of that is amazing. Wearing hearing aids means that I can now comfortably play and listen to music. I’m so amazed at the difference in the sound quality I can hear. And as for my wife, she loves me more because I am not ignoring her unintentionally. Because they are Bluetooth connected to my phone, I can better listen to phone calls, the radio, sports, and even meditation therapy. My advice to you is that hearing aids are not just for old people. Everyone at any age needs the most optimal capability of any of our senses given to us by God. Vision, dental, or even hearing. Holland Hearing understands this and I found them to be very patient and educational. Please don’t short yourself on the best quality of life. Richard
How Holland Hearing has changed Santiago's life
“My hearing loss journey started when I first heard ringing in my ear, my biggest concern was not being able to find treatment but my experience at Holland Hearing finally found an answer. Dr. Kelsi Mangrem explained everything and answered all my questions. She was very patient with me and made sure that I understood everything about the hearing loss. Straight away, I could see the difference and it has totally changed my life, not being able to hear was very frustrating and I didn’t realize how much of a difference the hearing aids would make, I totally love them. I totally recommend Holland Hearing, the staff is super friendly and they work with you.” Santiago Cano