Semin Hear 2020; 41(02): 110-123
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1708508
Review Article
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Providing the Best Audiological Care and Creating Sustainability in Peru

Jennifer E. Holst
2  Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
,
Gabriel A. Bargen
1  Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Idaho State University, Meridian, Idaho
,
Corrie E. Holmes
2  Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
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Publication History

Publication Date:
07 April 2020 (online)

Abstract

International humanitarian programs are one way for individuals within low-income countries to access hearing health care. Faculty and students from the Idaho State University (ISU) Audiology Program have traveled to several locations within less developed countries over the past 15 years. Most recently, the ISU Audiology Program has partnered with Idaho Condor Humanitarian to provide hearing health care services to Peruvian indigenous people. The humanitarian expedition provides medical, dental, and audiology services to rural villages surrounding Cusco, Peru. Each year the ISU Audiology team gathers data on the hearing health care needs of the Peruvian people and fits donated hearing aids. The ISU Audiology team navigates a variety of barriers associated with limited resources to provide quality hearing health care focused on best practice guidelines for the people of Peru. This article highlights the specific needs of the people served, which the team identified and prioritized, as well as initiated a plan for continuing to develop follow-up care and sustainability.