More than 1,000 residents receive free hearing devices

AROUND 1,300 Davao residents received free hearing aids on Nov. 27-30 at the Davao Recreation Center.

The P98 million worth of hearing aids donated by Starkey Hearing Foundation, a United States-based non-profit organization. The project will not only focus in giving hearing aids, but aftercare will also be provided where patients are given counseling and repair assistance to damaged devices.

Stanley Austin, co-founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, said, “We are not just giving people hearing aids. We are giving people their feelings back because when you hear you feel.”

Starkey’s Davao City mission was done in partnership with the City Mayor’s Office, the Davao City Health Office, and the Office of Councilor April Marie Dayap. The first phase was the identification of the beneficiaries last Aug. 13-15 at the Almendras gym and Aug. 16 at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“The mission is a big opportunity for many deaf and mute residents in the city and Starkey really does inspiring humanitarian efforts that are contagious and encourages many to do their part for the welfare of others,” Dayap said.

The foundation was founded in 1984 and already distributed around 1.2 million hearing aids in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Meanwhile, Councilor Bernard Al-ag also thanked the foundation for extending their help to Davaoenos.

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