Rediscover Your Passion by Giving Back
Entheos Audiology Cooperative believes that hearing health care is a privilege, and it is our pleasure to take that privilege to areas of the world that do not have it. We are proud of the many international humanitarian trips that we have taken in the past and will continue to plan in the future.
- Humanitarian sites include the Middle East, Zambia, Mozambique, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
- Audiologists and volunteers from private practices around the country have gone on humanitarian trips with Entheos.
- Students from the University of the Pacific, University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, and others have participated in humanitarian trips.
- Partnerships have been built due to the trips.
- Life for Relief and Development (Middle East)
- Fountain of Life (Zambia)
- Woodland Public Charities (Guatemala)
- 1000’s of individuals have been fit with hearing devices and given the Gift of Hearing.
Zambia Hearing Mission
In the southern region of Africa resides Zambia, a developing nation of almost 17 million people. It’s full of amazing wildlife and incredible cultures, but with all those individuals, it only has one audiologist.
Zambia covers over 290,000 square miles of rural villages, which means that opportunities like healthcare and education come sparingly, if ever. For someone suffering hearing loss, a chance at education severely diminishes, the likelihood of finding a job decreases, and safety becomes a serious concern. Even more so, it can be extremely difficult to connect with family members and friends. Most are left without hope that anything could ever change.
But hearing can transform someone’s life no matter where they live! There’s nothing like watching a hearing smile splash onto a child’s face when they hear for the first time. Empowering a mom to hear her kids, a husband to hear his wife, a kid to go to school, a co-worker to hear her boss, or a grandparent to hear his grandchildren… these are worth traveling any distance.
That’s why we took a team of some of the best audiologists in the country to Zambia. They each run successful practices, bring state-of-the-art equipment, and give personalized care to every single patient, just like they would at home. We believe by partnering with the community and offering such care, we’re truly making a difference in the world. A hearing smile means joy in any language.
Middle East Hearing Mission
In the town of Zarqa’, a Syrian refugee camp, one mother shared her heart-breaking story with us. When the bombing started, she raced out of her home in Syria with nothing except her purse that had her children’s birth certificates. Through it all, she had hearing damage. The team was able to help her hear better and as she says restore her dignity. The mother also says she will be able to better raise her kids because she can now help them and also hear them so they won’t get frustrated with her. Even though her face was covered by her veil, everyone could see the smile she had on her face as her eyes lit up.
Day-after-day, clinic after clinic, the team helped young and old. In one clinic, you had two very distinct “hearing smiles.” One elderly man was very grateful that he would be able to hear his family again including all his grandchildren. On the other end, you had 3-year-old Rawan, who heard for the first time in her life. It is a small thing to many, but is actually an important moment in her life.
It is the first step in her communicating and interacting with the world around her.
Even though this will be the sixth mission trip to the Middle East there is still much work to be done. Every day, more refugees pour into Jordan and need help.
You have the opportunity to give the gift of hearing.
You have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.You have the opportunity to put a hearing smile on a child’s face.
Guatemala Hearing Mission
We saw this little girl when we were in Guatemala. She was 11 years old. She had a bead in her ear that had been there since she was a little tiny toddler. She used to complain of her ear hurting every night when she went to bed. It was just a little plastic bead that had been there for nine years. It’s that crazy, hard to imagine,” says Dr. Kamal Elliot.
Thousands go without basic hearing health care which impacts lives. Kids are unable to go to school, learn and make friends while adult isolate themselves for fear of embarrassment and safety reasons.
With your help, “Hearing the Call” can return to Guatemala to give kids and adults a chance to realize their potential. With support from people like you last year, “Hearing the Call” screened more than a thousand people mostly kids in Panajachel, Guatemala. Dozens received hearing aids improving their hearing while others got the chance to hear for the first time. “We always talk about the hearing smile and so fun to see the joy on people’s face and see the surprise when they find they have hearing potential,” says Randa Mansour-Shousher, Au.D.
Now, there has never been a better opportunity to make your gift count and give the gift of a hearing smile.
With audiologists and volunteers from around the country, we have the opportunity to change the trajectory of people’s lives. But we need your help! Please give today and if you are interested in volunteering for future trips, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can give the Hearing Smile to hundreds of children who deserve a chance to thrive and achieve.
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