Celebrations Since the Viva o Som clinic is relatively new to this community, outreach to the community is an important part of their activities.  Today we visited 2 schools which serve children with special needs. One school serves children with a range of disabilities and includes adult learning classes as well. The other school serves primarily deaf and hard of hearing children with some who have developmental delay. Both schools are committed to providing appropriate education and support Read More »


Another busy day at the clinic!  We saw a wide range of patients – from a family who simply wanted to come by to say hello to a little girl (Luna) who was previously diagnosed with a severe to profound hearing loss. She recently lost one hearing aid and we are glad that she did – we conducted a new hearing test using play audiometry and discovered that she actually had much less of a hearing loss – in the moderate to severe range! We fit another set of hearing aids with the more reliable and Read More »


Patients Arrive! We arrived in Parintins late Sunday night. Parintins is on the Amazon River on the island of Tupinambarana. Despite the geographic remoteness of the area, Parintins is a region of over 100,000 people.  Its claim to fame is an annual folklore event: ‘Festival do Boi-Bumba’. Second only to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the festival has nearly a 100 year history. All residents of the town take “sides” (the Blue Caprichoso team or the Red Garantido Team) and the ‘competition’ Read More »