Andrew Roth, a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) with the Saratoga Ballston Spa and Amsterdam Starkey HearCare offices, recently joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation on a medical mission to Mexico.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation started this mission in Tlaxcala, Mexico where they fit 580 people with hearing aids. From Tlaxcala, Roth traveled with the foundation to Toluca, which is a city 60 miles from Mexico City.
The foundation fits roughly 500 people in need per day with hearing instruments, which allows many people to hear for the first time. The ability to obtain hearing health care and hearing aids is very scarce in many parts of Mexico, and residents come from around the country to be fit by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
“It is a great feeling to help others in need who would otherwise have no other option,” Roth said. “Coming back from these trips allows me to appreciate more what we take for granted here in the U.S. We have a great country with a lot of resources that we have set up that other countries have not even thought of.”
The Starkey Hearing Foundation has been around for 30 years and has traveled to over 100 countries, fitting more than 1.8 million hearing aids in the United States and around the world. To get more information on the Saratoga Ballston Spa, click here. For the Amsterdam office, click here.