We’re excited to bring back Project Amazon for its sixth year and introduce a new group of audiologists that will be joining the Oticon Hearing Foundation and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation in Parintins, Brazil.
Project Amazon is a humanitarian mission that supports sustainable hearing care to the residents of the remote riverfront communities that surround the Oticon Clinic in Parinins.Two of our audiologists will travel to the non-profit clinic and work with local staff to screen children and adults, and fit hearing instruments donated by the Oticon Hearing Foundation. While they’re abroad, they’ll be sharing their journey and the experiences of those affected by hearing loss here on the blog.
Our first audiologist participating in Project Amazon is Edith Burns. Edith received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania, and her Au.D. from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Her humanitarian contributions include The Hear Project in the U.S. and missions to Mexico, China and Belize, and she currently is in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Her research and clinical interests include noise-induced hearing loss and hearing conservation in children.
When asked about what she hopes to gain from joining the mission, Edith said, “I am so blessed, and what I hope to gain is a tiny feeling of giving back. What I hope to do is to help.”
Our second audiologist participating in Project Amazon is Jason Baker. Jason is a third-year doctor of audiology student at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research and clinical interests include advanced diagnostic testing, noise-induced hearing loss, hearing conservation, and hearing loss prevention.
When asked why he applied to Project Amazon, he said, “I really love travel, have a passion for audiology, and thought this would be a great way to combine my love for both.”
Stay up to date on the Project Amazon journey by following along as both audiologists document their stories here on the blog.