September 16, 2014

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Stolen hearing aid nets Elyria boy new set from Medina business

MEDINA TWP. — Today was a special sounding day for a 6-year-old Elyria boy.

Ryan Gurcze was tested and fitted with a free replacement hearing aid this morning from Clarity Hear, 3443 Medina Road, Suite 101 A. The boy’s hearing aid was stolen last month, along with his mother’s wallet and camera bag, while at a science center in Cleveland.

Ryan Gurcze, 6, of Elyria, gets tested for a new hearing aid Thursday morning at Clarity Hear, 3443 Medina Road, Ste. 101 A in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Ryan’s non-insured hearing aids were worth a few thousand dollars, according to his father, Ben Gurcze, who was grateful to Clarity Hear for providing a replacement set.

“This is nice,” said Ryan’s father, Ben Gurcze. “You get a new respect for people nice enough to do something like this.”

Ryan and his twin brother, Sean, were born seven weeks premature, and Ryan’s hearing did not develop fully, his father said.

The Gurcze family was at the Great Lake Science Center in Cleveland July 31 when Ryan took out his hearing aid to test an experiment. His mother, Shelly, put the aid on the floor in her camera bag, which was later stolen in the center, according to Bob Formoso, owner of Clarity Hear.

Not long after doing science experiment, the family noticed the camera bag was missing. They informed security personnel but had no luck.

“We went through garbage cans and looked outside the science center, but found nothing,” Ben Gurcze said.

Ryan was given a temporary listening device today until his new custom set is ordered and received. In addition to state-of-the art hearing, the new aid – worth more than $7,000 – will have blue tooth and MP3 capability, Formoso said.

Fox 8 of Cleveland aired a news story earlier this month about Ryan’s lost hearing aid. Formoso saw the segment and decided to get involved.

“When I watched the program, I figured it was something I could specifically help out on,” Formoso said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.