In October 2015 I was invited to take part in the Starkey Hearing Foundations mission at Bhubezi Clinic in Hazyview Mpumalanga. According to the World Health Organization, more than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, with the greatest prevalence living in developing countries. Unfortunately, less than three percent of these individuals can afford hearing aids or even have access to the care they need. The Starkey hearing foundation arrange missions around the world in hopes to bring hearing healthcare to the communities that have no access to audiologists.
The Bhubezi mission was conducted in two phases: testing phase to identify individuals with a hearing loss and fitting phase where we fitted over 250 individuals with hearing aids free of charge. I had the privilege of joining the Starkey team and Sir Richard Branson, a contributor to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, in improving the lives of the Bhubezi community. I look forward to taking part in similar missions again in 2016 and providing access to the world of sound for those less fortunate.
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