Over 600 benefit from hearing outreach program

BAGUIO CITY – More than 600 indigent residents with hearing impairment benefited from the Wide Frequency Audibility (WFA) Community-Based Hearing Program of the Starkey Hearing Foundation in partnership with the city government last Sunday.

City Administrator Carlos Canilao said a total of 618 patients were served, 593 of whom got fitted for free hearing aids.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan thanked the group of volunteers of the foundation who came all the way from the United States, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Vanuatu to facilitate the medical outreach.

They worked side by side with local government and private doctors and volunteers from the city to facilitate the free medical services that included expert professional hearing services, free hearing aids amounting to P16 million, body aid costing P25,000-P50,000 for patients with most severe hearing losses, bone conductor amounting to P175,000-P200,000 for patients with problems in their outer or ear canal and free medicines for ear infection, otic drops and oral medicines.

"We thank the foundation and our local volunteers for jointly facilitating the program which helped our hearing impaired residents who do not have access to such medical intervention and cannot afford the cost of hearing aids and the after care services," the mayor said.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Minnesota, USA, dedicated to providing community-based hearing healthcare around the world.

The mayor encouraged the foundation through WFA assistant Kevin Ramos who represented the founder William Austin, to also conduct similar programs in far-flung areas in the region where he said there are a lot in need of similar services and even offered the city as venue.

Aside from Baguio, the other beneficiaries of the program are Pampanga, Manila, Bicol, Cagayan De Oro and Davao. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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