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Starkey Hearing Foundation from America expected to provide aid in the Kingdom by August

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa,28/05/2018


It is vital to address any problem that has to do with the ear to be able to fulfill its primary role for hearing.


That is the purpose the Tonga May Hear, a project to be implemented between Vaiola Hospital in partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation from the United States.


Medical superintendent of Vaiola Hospital – Dr Lisiate ‘Ulufonua says this program will be an opportunity for people with hearing problems to report to the nearest health clinics or the hospital to include their names on the list of those to be seen.


The team consists of 40 members and they are expected to arrive in Tonga on August 20 and to start their services August 22 and the 23.


The founder of the Hearing Foundation – William Austin, 82, will be part of the team to visit Tonga.


The project is expected to assist about 800 patients, within two days.


The Starkey Hearing Foundation was established in 1984 and they have been providing hearing aid services for over 30 years worldwide including Pacific Island countries.


Their trip to Tonga will be their first visit to the Kingdom and the Ministry of Health hopes for further cooperation in the future.


Meanwhile, the Ministry through their health screening programs identified 69 primary school students with hearing problems and they will part of those to be seen by the team.


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