(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – At least 600 persons suffering with hearing loss could later this month receive the gift of hearing from the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
The Starkey team is scheduled back on island to fit customized hearing aids on April 12 and 13. The Ministry of Health is making a final appeal for persons to come in to get testing before the Starkey team arrives.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation was on island in January to create customized ear impression for persons suffering with hearing loss. Hearing aids could cost as much as EC$3,000 per ear but the foundation will provide free hearing aids to persons who qualify. Family Nurse Practitioner, Diana King-Dornelly who specializes in Audiology said the Ministry of Health is still short of Starkey’s target.
“So the target for Starkey is 600 persons to fit with hearing aids. At the previous mission we saw many people however we did not meet the target of 600. So Starkey is willing to fit more people with hearing aids and so we’re urging persons who think they have a hearing loss or have a hearing loss to come forward to be screened so that they can be fitted as well. So there is room for more persons to come in and to get hearing aids free of charge.”
Nurse Dornelly indicated that ear screenings are also available in the north and south of the island ahead of Starkey Foundation’s return.
“Hearing screening will be done at the Vieux Fort Wellness Centre everyday from now until Starkey gets here and at eh Entrepot Health Centre. So persons can go there to have their hearing screened and from there they would be directed to the Starkey team if they are found to have a hearing loss.”
The Starkey Hearing Foundation plans to donate and fit more than 100,000 persons with hearing aids worldwide.