When I agreed to go on a volunteer trip for the Starkey Hearing Foundation several weeks ago, I had no idea how dramatically circumstances there were about to change. I had already booked my trip when Typhoon Haiyan struck and devastated the islands. As we watch the rising death toll in the Philippines, it is clear that our mission’s intention to fit over 5,000 hearing aids for deaf children will no longer be our only objective. The hardest hit central islands are completely devastated and those who were lucky enough to survive are in dire need of basic aid such as food, water, and shelter – resources that are scarce if available at all. Check back here often, as I’ll be posting updates, photos and videos from my travels from November 29th through December 12th.
You can help support our efforts in The Philippines
Learn how you can support Dr. Dean’s mission on behalf of the Starkey Foundation.
Dr. Dean is visiting the Philippines after Thanksgiving for a two-week mission with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program.
The trip of course comes at a time of critical need for the Philippines as the island nation seeks to recover from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
To support Starkey, click Dr. Dean’s personal fundraising page: