John R. Salisbury, AuD of Clifton Springs Hearing Center in Clifton Springs, NY recently demonstrated that his compassion knows no boundaries when it comes to caring for the needs of people with hearing loss. Dr. Salisbury joined more than 300 US hearing care professionals attending the 2016 OtiCongress conference in a unique humanitarian mission to remote, rural communities on the tropical island of Fiji. The volunteer team worked with the staff of Project H.E.A.V.E.N., a Charitable Trust Organization that aims to ensure access to hearing health care for the island republic’s under-served populations.
In a series of daily clinics, the volunteers conducted hearing screenings and fit 200 hearing aids on local children and adults. The Oticon Hearing Foundation donated the hearing aids and an array of audiological equipment that will enable Project H.E.A.V.E.N. staff to provide ongoing hearing care for Fiji’s neediest populations.
Dr. Salisbury worked side-by-side with Project H.E.A.V.E.N. staff to ensure that each child and adult received individual care and attention. Project H.E.A.V.E.N. staff also served as interpreters for the volunteers but Dr. Salisbury said the joy of the children and adults as they experienced a world of sound for the first time needed no interpretation. “Their happiness and gratitude made the experience a joyous one for us as well,” he reported.
For information on hearing health and hearing solutions, contact John R. Salisbury, AuD at Clifton Springs Hearing Center at (800) 827-0140 or visit the Clifton Springs Hearing Center website at www.cliftonhearing.com.