Where am I going with this?
The other day, I was asked to attend a seminar on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids from visiting doctors. I know. Doesn't it sound like the perfect way to spend your Friday morning? Sitting in a lecture hall listening to a presentation on the inner workings of the hearing aid?
Let's just say that I'm glad I stuck it out. After the seminar I introduced myself to the presenters and asked for a short interview. We sat down and they told me about the work they had been doing in the community earlier in the week. Their stories were surprising and touching.
Before coming to the island, these doctors worked with their local Rotary Club to raise money for the trip. Between that money and old hearing aids donated by the patients at their practice, over 150 hearing aids (which cost upwards of $700 US each) were given to locals in need.
The doctors told stories of patients who complained of hearing loss and upon inspection the doctors found hardened black wax and other foreign objects (like dirt and bugs). Once thoroughly cleaned, many of these people had a complete restoration of their hearing while others were treated for hidden infections.
Any one who needed it was fitted for a hearing aid that was molded on the spot for them. For some, this was the first time in years they had been able to have a normal conversation.
I want to share the most touching story with you, as I wrote it for the article.