Warwick woman gets a life changing donation

By Ana Bottary

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Kerri Dioati is hearing more clearly than she has her entire life thanks to a surprise high-tech set of hearing aids.
 
"I had no idea today that I was going to get them, like, this is amazing, it truly is," says Dioati.
 
Dioati was born unable to use 60 percent of her hearing. The latest technology in hearing aids can be pricey, costing more than $6,000. Due to financial burdens, the mother of two did not have the funds to foot the bill. She had been wearing totally inferior hearing aids, which are more than 10 years old, forcing her to become proficient at lip-reading.

"Which was hard when you went to restaurants and stuff like that, because I would pick up on all of the backgrounds and I would struggle to be face-to-face with the person," adds Dioati.

A co-worker, Emery Madeiros, who has struggled with a hearing impairment as well, spoke with Dioati at work one day and was inspired by her story.
 
"I noticed that she had to look directly at me in most cases, and then of course I noticed her speech. Based on that and what I went through, I wanted her to experience what I was experiencing," says Madeiros.
 
Medeiros began using Beltone hearing aids a year and a half ago, and says it changed his life. On Dioati’s behalf, he wrote a letter to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation. It donates hearing aids to those in need, and she was approved. She says she is overwhelmed at the donation.

"I don’t even know what to say to him, I can’t say thank you enough,” says Dioati.

The hearing aids do hook up to bluetooth, so Dioati is able to control the audio levels from her iPhone. She says she feels these new hearing aids will help her most at home when she is not in the same room with her kids but still needs to hear what is going on.

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