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Fort Wayne non-profit steps in to help hard of hearing Garrett woman with affordable hearing aid

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A Fort Wayne non-profit is stepping in to help a hard of hearing Garrett woman with an affordable hearing aid.

You may have heard this story before.

On Monday, Fort Wayne's NBC News talked with a Garrett woman, Katie Crone, who has had a difficult time hearing for most of her life.

Crone said she only has one hearing aid and that she can't afford a second one. She said her hearing aid cost thousands of dollars.

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Crone said she has been using one hearing aid for the past ten years.

She said she relies on reading lips to communicate. However, with several people wearing face masks recently, Crone said it's difficult to communicate with people.

Leaders with GiveHear, a non-profit that provides hearing health care, saw Crone's story on Monday and wanted to help out.

"When she said she only had one hearing aid, and it wasn't working well, I just wanted to help her," said Dr. Tina Sheehan.

Fort Wayne's NBC News stopped by GiveHear located at 130 W Main Street, and connected Sheehan with Crone over the phone.

Sheehan talked with Crone about her non-profit and how they could help her.

Fort Wayne's NBC talked with Crone to get her thoughts on the news.

"I'm overjoyed! I want to get up and dance," Crone said.

To learn more about GiveHear, please click here.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at

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