Faculty and Students Provide Schoolchildren with Hearing Aids

Students and faculty from Nova Southeastern University recently completed their second medical mission in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where they provided schoolchildren with hearing aids and audiology services.

The Audiology Department at NSU's College of Allied Health and Nursing conducted the mission in October to fit schoolchildren with hearing aids. The BVI does not have an audiologist. Because of that, hearing-impaired children must travel to other countries to obtain hearing services, said Teri Hamill.

"For some parents, financial limitations prevent them from seeking treatment for their children," Hamill said. "Meanwhile, other children with multiple handicaps have difficulty traveling for treatment."

Thus, Hamill took her students on an initial trip to the BVI in late February to identify hearing-impaired children who need hearing aids. The trip was initiated by Gennell Bowen. Last month, the NSU group, including community preceptors, went back to the islands to fit the children with the devices.

The children were given hearing aids with remote controls and teacher microphones. The remote controls allow the parents of the younger children to adjust the hearing aids from a distance and it prevents the children from changing the hearing aid's settings. The microphone sends the teacher's voice by radio waves to the hearing aid during classroom instruction.

"This trip was extremely successful, as we were able to help over 100 students receive hearing aids," Hamill said. "These tiny devices will greatly improve their quality of life."; Source: Nova Southeastern University

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