Children in developing countries like Guatemala have extreme difficulty learning and communicating. Without adequate services to help them, they have little chance of overcoming their hearing loss and reaching their full potential. Hearing the Call hopes to change that by providing hearing aids and empowering the local community to be better equipped to treat hearing loss.
“It is critical to have the local members of the community be involved in the project,” Dr. Bravo said. “That is the only way we can actually make our mission outlive us.”
Hearing the Call to Serve
Jessica Woodson, Audio Help doctor of Audiology, has participated in a couple of hearing mission trips over the last several years: to Guatemala in 2018 and Nicaragua in 2016.
In Guatemala, Dr. Woodson was part of a team of 25 volunteers from the audiology field to help people hear.
“I am fortunate enough to be able to give the gift of hearing every day, locally,” she wrote after the trip. “To be able to do that on a much larger scale, globally, provided a much different sense of fulfillment. It really is true that when you give, you get.”
The team provided hundreds of grateful people with donated hearing aids with the assistance of Oticon’s Hearing Foundation. For many of the recipients, the free devices may be the only ones they get throughout their lives.
In Nicaragua, Dr. Woodson spent time with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, helping over 1,000 children and adults improve their hearing. During her time there, she reported connecting on a deep level with so many individuals who were ecstatic about getting the gift of hearing.
“I feel incredibly humbled and beyond fortunate to be able to make a difference in the lives of others doing what I love to do!” she wrote after the trip.