In 1967, William F. Austin started a small hearing aid repair store after dropping out of medical school. Today, It operates around the world and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
In Partnership with the Starkey Foundation
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. We are working tirelessly to change this by building strong partnerships, empowering local teams and expanding our three-phase Community-Based Hearing HealthCare model around the world.
- Identify and train partners and community-based health workers.
- Identify, screen and give primary ear-care services to potential hearing aid candidates.
- Take ear impressions.
- Create custom earmolds. (See pictures)
- Fit hearing aids and custom earmolds on qualified hearing aid candidates.
- Counsel and train hearing aid recipients, teachers, student ambassadors and patients on how to care for and operate hearing aids.
- Provide AfterCare information to hearing aid recipients on where to go and who to contact for follow-up services.
- Select and train local program teams to execute ongoing program activities.
- Conduct outreach to provide AfterCare services to patients within the first month after receiving hearing aids.
- Provide ongoing monthly AfterCare services at a central location giving patients access to additional care including recounseling, batteries and free services to repair or replace hearing aids when needed.
- Monitor and evaluate program and team.
- Provide on-going education for the program team and community-based healthcare workers.
- Identify new hearing aid candidates for future phase one.
During my time in Haiti, we also were able to fit and distribute TOMS to the local villages. It was an honor to be apart of a team that distributed the shoes. With this trip the TOMS One for One model came full circle.