Over 5% of the world's population - 360 million people - has a disabling hearing loss. In developing countries, children with hearing loss and deafness rarely receive schooling, and as adults have a much higher unemployment rate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), current global production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of global need. For people with limited financial resources, the cost of hearing aids is simply be out of reach.
This is why the importance of donated devices Read More »
To whom much is given, much is required.
This is a creed that Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz, an audiologist from Rhode Island, has lived by. This creed has inspired her mission to bring the gift of hearing to those in need.
"Hearing problems affect communication, and I want to help people improve their communication."
Since 2006, Dr. Mary Kay has been taking trips to the Philippines every two years, bringing her skills, hearing aids, and hope to hundreds of people. She is currently preparing Read More »
As we begin to ready ourselves for 2016, we say goodbye to Project Amazon 2015 that brought us to Parintins, Brazil to bring sustainable hearing care to those in need.
Our last day in Parintins was bittersweet. We ate our final breakfast, packed up our belongings and went straight to the hammocks for our last bit of relaxation before our long day of travel. We said our goodbyes to everyone, Liu (our wonderful cook), Vanessa (the clinic receptionist), and Rildo. Not to mention our driver (and Read More »