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Audio Help Gives Back On Local, Global Level

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Drs Bravo and Woodson in GuatemalaCharitable giving efforts are often brought to the forefront during the holiday season, but Audio Help Hearing Centers make giving back a year-long mission.

Here is a look at just several of the ways Audio Help audiologists and staff have helped the local and global communities.

Amal Art Show

On Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – Dr. Eduardo Bravo and Audio Help sponsored the Hearing the Call art initiative, which helps Syrian refugee children living with hearing loss express themselves through art. A traveling art show – Amal: When Hope Endures – was hosted at TUF Gallery in New York shared stories of survival and hope, and how art is being used to support audiology treatments and overcome traumatic experiences from growing up in war-torn countries. Remaining pieces from the Amal show will be available for purchase through December at Audio Help locations.

Previously, Dr. Bravo spent a week in Guatemala on a Hearing the Call humanitarian trip, bringing the gift of hearing to more than 300 people – many of whom were children.

“The hearing smile is something very special,” Dr. Bravo said. “To see a child’s face light up when they can hear for the very first time, you can’t even put that into words what it means to the parents and to us.”

 

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.

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