PROJECT AMAZON 2012- MISSION TO BRAZIL

MISSION-TO-BRAZILThe Oticon Hearing Foundation, in partnership with the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), joined together to underwrite the cost for two audiologists to join a unique humanitarian mission to remote riverfront communities near Parintins, Brazil. The practitioners selected for Project Amazon will work side-by-side with staff from the Oticon Clinic in Parintins. The non-profit clinic is a service of the Viva o Som Foundation, a group dedicated to securing financial and human resources to improve the quality of life of people in Brazil’s most impoverished communities.

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14TH

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 Read More

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DAY 4

This morning we went to visit two schools in Parintins that serve children with special needs.  The first school, Glauber Viana Goncalves, has students of all ages with a variety of disabilities, such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism.  The school employed a variety of professionals–special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and Read More

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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH

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 Read More

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DAY 3

Today was a very busy day at the clinic with a big variety of different patients.  We saw two individuals with profound hearing loss who were fit with their very first hearing aids today–they seemed a little overwhelmed by the sound but were excited to hear environmental sounds.  One little Read More

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DAY 1

Our first day in Brazil has been very exciting–and exhausting.  Martha and I landed in Manaus at midnight after traveling for the past 24 hours, so we went right to sleep.  We woke up early to take a boat tour of the Amazon and a short hike.  Even though it Read More

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MONDAY NOVEMBER 12TH

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 Read More

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DAY 2

Our first day at the clinic here in Parintins was amazing.  We woke up to a huge breakfast, courtesy of the wonderful staff here.  We had different types of fruit, eggs, local cheese, and some local dishes made of tapioca that were a little like pancakes.  For someone who usually Read More

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11TH

A walk in the forest… We landed in Manaus late Saturday night and were greeted by Livia de Santos. Livia is an audiologist for Oticon, Brazil and she will be our host and translator for the week. Up early the following day, we were greeted by a very, very rainy Read More

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH

An Amazon River Adventure A little over two 2 months ago, Brazil was not on my horizon. That is when I heard about Project Amazon. The Oticon Foundation and AAA Foundation announced sponsorship for one audiologist and one graduate student to participate in an audiology outreach project in a remote Read More

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LIBBEY GOLLHOFER, 
BA, BS

Libbey Gollhofer is a third year AuD student at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since beginning the audiology program, Libbey has been interested in focusing on pediatric audiology. Libbey is currently a trainee in the University of Washington LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program, a selective Read More

martha

Martha has been a member of the audiology faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington since 2001.  She provides clinical supervision to Audiology students in the area of adult diagnostics and amplification. She also coordinates clinical placements and the fourth year externship for Read More