JF&CS and Peachtree Hearing Give the Gift of Hearing to Holocaust Survivors

Wikoff, Neuman, and Greenblatt pose for a picture together

The ability to hear is crucial to well-being and is instrumental for social interaction and communication in general. We are so grateful to Dr. Wikoff for spearheading this initiative…

Eighteen Atlanta Holocaust survivors received free top-of-the-line hearing aids beginning on August 23rd, thanks to a partnership between Peachtree Hearing, a Marietta-based private audiology practice and Jewish Family Career Services of Atlanta.  

Dr. Melissa Wikoff, the Director of Audiology at Peachtree Hearing worked with Amy Neuman, JF&CS’ Holocaust Survivor services program manager to develop the Hearing for Holocaust Survivors program. Neuman and her team helped identify survivors who met the qualifications of the program and had hearing loss. She then referred the survivors to Wikoff for evaluations and impressions.

“Two years ago, I heard about a hearing aid program for Holocaust Survivors in Maryland and I wanted to start a similar program in Atlanta. Wikoff went to the University of Maryland and saw an article in an alumni magazine about the same initiative, so when she approached me about it, I was thrilled to get started,” said Neuman.

Working together, they were able to secure a generous donation of high-end Starkey hearing aids from the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The donation of eighteen hearing aids, plus lifetime care and services for the survivors from Peachtree Hearing came to more than $120,000 worth of technology and services.

“The ability to hear is crucial to well-being and is instrumental for social interaction and communication in general. We are so grateful to Dr. Wikoff for spearheading this initiative and devoting her time and efforts to provide free hearing aid services to all of the survivors involved in the program. A big thank you also to the Starkey Foundation for generously donating brand new top quality hearing aids,” said Rick Aranson, JF&CS’ Chief Executive Officer.

Herschel Greenblatt, one of the Holocaust survivors who received a pair of the hearing aids, often speaks about his life during the Holocaust at schools and at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. After the initial fitting, Greenblatt will be under…

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