PROJECT AMAZON 2013

AMAZONThe Project Amazon mission is sponsored by the Oticon Hearing Foundation and will bring sustainable hearing care to the residents of the remote riverfront communities that surround the Oticon Clinic in Parintins. The two hearing care professionals share their insights and accomplishments through daily blog postings.

 

 

Mission Posts

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Remembering Project Amazon 2013

With 2015 coming to an end and reflection being a natural occurrence with the coming of a new year, we decided to think about something from our past. We invited a past participant of Project Amazon, Cindy Frey, to share her experience with the project and life after. Project Amazon 2013 When talking Read More

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NOVEMBER 25, 2013

God has put in my heart the desire to go out and serve others, and Project Amazons helped to make this wish come true! This is my last day in Parintins, finished seeing patients at 12:30, and rushing out to catch my ride to the airport (yes, rushing again, you Read More

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NOVEMBER 21, 2013

I’m very humbled by my experiences here. The patients whom I serve emanate humility. Julia said it well with, “they are simple and live a simple life.” They’re very practical and it’s refreshing to work with them. Vanity is not something that exists for these patients. “O, I am struggling Read More

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NOVEMBER 21, 2013

I was thinking there weren’t enough hours in a day back home but I’m feeling like I need even more time here! Today was just another ordinary day with lots of patients, scheduled and walk-ins, lots of them, since my second TV interview aired yesterday. (I was dying to see Read More

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NOVEMBER 20, 2013

18th Century Medicine   Another really long and rewarding day. Today was fabulous in the sense that there was a nice mix of adults and kids! I also learned a valuable lesson in that I enjoy working with both populations but I can be more myself with kids. There is Read More

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NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Third days of patients, we’re getting better! First day: last patient left at 8 p.m.,  second day at 9 p.m., and today the last patient left at 7:30!!!  Yeah!!!!  We are finally getting better.  But, no, that’s not the end of the day!  The three of us, Cindy, Rildo and myself sat Read More

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013

  You know you’re in the right line of work when you have a 15 hour work day and enjoyed every patient – every minute of it and you’re feeling rejuvenated.   Today was awesome. There were more kiddos here, though I only tested one. Most of them just needed Read More

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013

Necessity is the Mother of Invention Did anyone say that, or I just invented it?  This is very true: if you don’t have it, you better invent it to make your life easier!!!  I found that out very quickly in this second day of jungle adventure.  How do you create Read More

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NOVEMBER 18, 2013

The reward in the frustration. Today has been the most frustrating & rewarding challenge I have ever faced. It goes beyond the language barriers (I did a pretty good job of breaking those down) and even beyond the audiology barrier. Viva o Som is a non-profit organization so they only Read More

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NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Crazy! That is the first thing to say about the first day of patients.  With one audiologist, one third year Au. D. student, and one fourth year speech, language and hearing communication student, with NO IDEA about the protocol or any paperwork, no patient files, previous tests and notes are only on the Read More

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NOVEMBER 17, 2013

Another Day in Paradise I made it to Parintins! & they say Montgomery Ctr, VT is small (ok so it is still smaller but Parintins is small)! I love it here. It is still so very hot and muggy but preferable to DC. The open spaces of Parintins make being Read More

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NOVEMBER 16, 2013

Monkeys, reptiles, & bananas o my (that is pretty much what today consisted of) Julia and I landed in Manaus late last night/early this morning. I was talking with the man behind me in the customs line. We couldn’t believe how fast the luggage came out – though I could Read More

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NOVEMBER 16, 2013

Wonderful day in Manaus:  A stroll through the old town,  seeing the British colonies’ housing from 350 years ago, the renovated Municipal Theater, the original Sao Bernardo Church, the Central Market, a boat ride to Encontro das Aguas, where Rio Negro meets Rio Solemoes, visit to the Ecological Park to Read More

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NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Yes, I DID IT ( or better, I DID IT, WITH HIS HELP!) Determined to get home early this last evening before the departure, I finally dragged myself out of the office and headed home around 10 p.m.  Half a night of packing; adding and removing items that I might need, or could Read More

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PRE-TRIP

Title: A New Chapter I read a quote somewhere that says something like, “without traveling you’re only ever reading the same chapter.” I am fortunate enough to have a vast and varied chapter book & I am beyond excited to live this new one. Traveling to remote places (like Brazil) Read More

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Can’t believe it’s only 12 hours before embarking onto a one of a kind adventure. This afternoon we received in the office another package from Oticon with twenty-some reconditioned hearing aids and some other items for donation to the Viva-o-Som Clinic in Parintins, sponsored by Oticon, where I will be Read More

Mission Bloggers

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Cynthia L. Frey, BA is currently a third year AuD student at Gallaudet University. Cynthia is focusing her coursework on the pediatric emphasis track and has already earned an early intervention certificate specifically for working with families of deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers. She greatly enjoys working Read More

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Julia Shih founded Professional Hearing Services, an ENT contract service clinic in Pasadena in 1984 after her fellowship year of training from Veterans Hospital.  She subsequently joined Love Hearing Services in Pasadena, a clinic providing comprehensive audiologic services from newborns to geriatrics, as the Director of Audiology.   Dr. Shih obtained Read More