ReSound, the technology leader in hearing aid solutions, has donated more than $100,000 in hearing aids, wireless accessories and fitting services to a children's mission in the British Virgin Islands.
ReSound partnered with a number of US audiologists and students from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida to fit 14 underprivileged children in the British Virgin Islands with ReSound AleraTM hearing aids. These children were identified by the Audiology Unit of the BVI Health Services Authority.
"During our visit, we conducted a number of hearing tests using different technologies," said Dr. Meredith Buemi, Ress Institute. "Some children received the standard hearing test, which entails raising the hand or pushing a button when a tone is heard. Younger children and children with other handicaps received electrophysiological testing where measuring electrodes were placed on the head to pick up the brain waves."
The normal cost of a standard hearing test ranges from $125 to $250; electrophysiological testing ranges from $250 to $300; and fitting the hearing aid would have cost about $5,000.00 per child. As there is not an Audiologist on the island, ReSound also provided backup hearing aids.
ReSound donated a total of 54 AleraTM hearing aids, 200 receivers, 17 UniteTM Remote Controls, 17 UniteTM Mini Microphones and 2 Airlink wireless fitting accessories, resulting in a total monetary equivalent of $127,550.
"In addition to fitting these children with state-of-the-art AleraTM hearing aids, we also donated UniteTM Mini Microphone wireless accessories for their school teachers to use," said Jenny Nesgaard, Au.D, ReSound. "The AleraTM hearing aid connects directly to the Mini Microphone so that these children can hear their teachers' voices and are not handicapped by all of the background noise and bustle."