“He wouldn’t stop smiling” – The Impact of Project HEAVEN in Fiji

Jason Dria is a clinical audiologist who has been working at Oticon for 10 years. When asked about his time in Fiji for Project H.E.A.V.E.N, he describes it as rewarding because of the wide patient population they were helping. “We were at a school and started at 9am and worked until about 4pm. Hearing was evaluated and if we found they had a hearing loss we moved them to another room where they had a hearing aid fitting. We transformed that village and specifically the school into a triage Read More »

A Unique Bond Between Patient and Audiologist During Project HEAVEN

Denise McLeod has been an audiologist for many years, and while in Fiji during Project H.E.A.V.E.N., led a team of 15 to 20 people to remote villages where they identified and tested people with hearing challenges that could be solved with hearing aids. As she recalls, “There was something magical about that trip. When you marry people with skills and people with challenges, and you can address those needs, it’s a smooth joyous occasion from both sides.” When reflecting on her days Read More »

Goodbye Project Amazon 2016

We are sailing along in a speedboat for Manaus as Project Amazon 2016 comes to a close. This past week was full of adventure as we sailed to the small village of Nhamunda with our equipment and supplies to provide audiological services to the people there for the very first time in their history. We were greeted warmly by the speech therapist, Magda Guimaraes, and proceeded to the clinic to prepare for the next day. Our meals and lodging were provided for us by Marina Pandolfo, the Minister Read More »