At the Disabled Deaf Mute School many children live here full-time, having been dropped at the door as babies. Children are not tested for hearing defects at birth as they are in Australia, so we tested all 44 children. 15 children were fitted with hearing aids from Siemens – the manufacturers by Balance and Hearing Centre in Melbourne and for the first time they were able to hear everything within their world. Their reactions were priceless, as unexpected sounds reverberated in their ears.
We are committed to sustaining their hearing with an audiologist, travelling to Laos to monitor their progress and to ensure their hearing aids are maintained and batteries provided.