by Haley Armand Tarasiewicz
David Duplechian, Vice President at Family and Youth Counseling Agency in Lake Charles, was the 2021 winner of Acadian Hearing Services annual “Hear for the Holidays” giveaway.
Duplechian is passionate about his career, where he primarily works with two programs—Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)—both focused on different goals to help abused children. His daughter, Clarisse Koch, nominated her dad for the free premium hearing aids.
“My dad is always putting others before himself, and he would never make a fuss to get hearing aids to help himself because that would take away from the limited time he has in a day,” said Koch on her nomination form for her dad. “But, he really needs a pair to be able to clearly hear the children he works with to continue the important interviews and processes his role requires.”
Duplechian’s grandchildren joined in on the nomination process adding that they wanted ‘Pa’ to hear them.
“This unique giveaway is our way of giving back to our community and helping one person enjoy the holidays without the isolation that occurs due to hearing loss,” said Dr. Heidi Sorrells, audiologist with Acadian Hearing Services. “We had so many incredible nominations, but after much consideration, we chose David for the impact he has on improving the lives of so many at-risk youth in our five-parish area. We are honored to help and were proud to bring an extra gift to him and his family for the holidays and beyond.”
“I was really touched that Clarisse and the grandchildren nominated me,” said Duplechian. “The folks at Acadian Hearing Services are super professional and made the transition to hearing aids really easy. I didn’t realize how much I was missing before hearing aids, and I am amazed at what I am able to hear now.