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By Chito A. Chavez

At least 500 hearing-impaired residents of Quezon City would receive free hearing aids under a program organized by the city’s Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO).

The community-based hearing impairment program aims to help indigent hearing-impaired people by providing them with free hearing aids.

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The endeavor is in partnership with the a Starkey Hearing Foundation, international foundation that conducts hearing impairment missions in coordination with different organizations and local government units, and the National Youth Commission.

“Customized at libre ang hearing aids at ang kagandahan nito kapag nabigyan na sila ng hearing aid may after-care pa. Halimbawa, kapag low na ang battery ng gamit nilang hearing aid bibigyan sila ng extra battery. (The hearing aids are customized and free, and if they were given hearing aid, after care is even provided. For example if the battery of their hearing aid they are using is already low, they would be given extra battery),” PDAO head Arnold de Guzman said.

The program beneficiaries undergo four phases: patient identification, hearing mission, aftercare and speech test supervised by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

“Momoldehan sila para maging customized ang ear mold ng kanilang gagamiting hearing aid. Libre rin maging ang repair nito (The ear mold they would be using is customized),” Starkey Hearing Foundation assistant country coordinator for the Philippines Joseph Barte said.

Hearing aids would be distributed after three months of consultation and hearing loss confirmation.

“Nagkaroon ng partnership ang Quezon City at Starkey Hearing Foundation. Nakita namin na maganda at kapaki-pakinabang, lalu na sa mga hard of hearing, ang partnership namin sa Quezon City. (Quezon City (government) and Starkey Hearing Foundation forged a partnership. We found the project worthwhile and rewarding, especially to those who have difficulty of hearing),” Barte added.

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