Introducing… our next ClearSounds SuperHEARoes! Just who exactly are these caped crusaders? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all definition of a SuperHEARo; anyone who has made an impact on the hearing loss community–even if they’ve helped just one person–can be a SuperHEARo.
Our newest SuperHEARoes are the Dynamic Duo of Richard & Maddi Uzuanis!
Richard is an Army veteran who, like so many others, lost much of his hearing while serving our country. When he and his family returned to the U.S. after being stationed abroad, finances were tight. While Richard served in the Special Forces Reserves and finished his college degree, his wife Maddi taught school and raised their three children.
Determined to make a positive impact on the lives of others, Maddi started a small business to serve the needs of people with hearing loss, and so HITEC was born.
Maddi built a network by working with nonprofit groups and community advocates, striving to make an impact on the community and working tirelessly to build the business. Little did Richard know that his own hearing loss would become a source of innovation and insight, and ultimately lead to the development of a signature brand of products.
Richard has since retired from HITEC, but his desire to make a difference remains deeply ingrained in his DNA. After retiring, he took on the role of Executive Director for the Americans for Better Hearing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to close the gap in Medicaid that leaves citizens vulnerable and underserved with inadequate hearing assistance and audiological services.
Maddi and Richard have dedicated their lives to making a difference.
Maddi and Richard are SuperHEARoes!
Now it’s your turn: we want YOU to let us know who has been a SuperHEARo in your life! Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org and help us honor the unsung SuperHEARoes out there.
Illustrations of Richard and Maddi as SuperHEARoes were created by You Are The Hero. Learn more at YouAreTheHero.org.