Can You Hear Me Now?

Hi, Tom here.   GLA needs your help.   Let me explain briefly and then you can read Dixie’s note below and then see how you can help.   Here’s the scoop:

  • Over the years, GLA has had a lot of kids who have had chronic ear infections.
  • That’s totally common for orphanage settings where kids can pass “bugs” back and forth with each other.
  • They have some kids right now who could really benefit from having their hearing tested and appropriate treatment plans mapped out.
  • There is no where in Haiti where kids can get their hearing tested.   They would have to travel to the Dominican to get the test done.   In reality, that means that most kids won’t get tested or at least won’t get tested until they are with their forever family.
  • For $4500, we can change that.

We’ve got the opportunity to help.   If each of you who hears about this when to the chip-in at the bottom and made a donation toward the cost of the hearing screening machine, we’d be able to get the equipment and get it down to GLA soon.

Thanks for doing what your part and donating what you can to help.   Oh, and click that “share” button in the corner to tell all of your Facebook friends about it too.

Here’s what Dixie wrote about the need for hearing screening equipment:

“I received an email today from Susan Westwood, the RN in charge of the nursery. For years, our babies have had repeated ear infections from a variety of causes, but we know that it has affected their hearing. We have no way of checking hearing on children under the age of 4. Most pediatricians in Haiti send children to the Dominican Republic for hearing testing when they think there is a problem.

Susan told me about a baby we have in the NICU who is 4 months old and doesn’t respond to noise at all. There are others that only respond to loud noises. We would like to be able to test their hearing.

Susan found a portable machine that is able to test hearing on infant. This machine is called a Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener. This machine is easy to operate and do not require a lot of training. The results are fast and accurate and take only about 10 seconds per ear. We can get accurate results without any response from the baby, and the machine gives us either a pass or fail result.

This would help us test the children's hearing, and identify children that might benefit from hearing aids. It would also be good to be able to monitor our children who have chronic ear infections.

We need $4500 to buy the machine, printer, and supplies needed to make it run. I think it would be really great if we are able to use this machine to do screening of all of the school children that are sponsored through GLA and children living around the orphanage. But to reach out and be able to do this, we need help to raise the funds needed to buy the hearing screener. Can you help?”

Dixie Bickel, RN

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Angie Black wrote:
A friend told me I should look at this... I work for Ears and Hearing. I do all hearing screens at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler. I will do some checking with the owner and see what I can do!! These babies really need to have 2 different kinds of screening done. They have found that some nicu babies have hearing problems that refer one or both of the tests. The regular screen is called an OAE and that test examins more on the structural end of it and the other is an ABR it examins the neurological end. I will see if there is anything I can do to help!! I would be honored to help in any way I can!! Thank you, Angie

Wed, October 27, 2010 @ 9:17 AM

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