January 20, 2015 Audiology
This week is a very exciting week at Tustin Hearing Center! One of our audiologists, Dr. Linda Farrow is traveling to Mexico to serve on a hearing mission with one of our partners, the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded in 1984 by Bill Austin. The foundation conducts missions around the world in places like Peru, Kenya, the Philippines and China. They even have missions right here in Southern California in conjunction with the Grammy Foundation. The mission of the foundation is “so that the world may hear.” Below is a letter from Dr. Farrow talking about why this is so important to her. We are so excited to read about her adventures as she embarks on this journey! Stay tuned to our blog for updates on Dr. Farrow’s mission!
When I started in audiology 25 years ago, who knew that a lifelong dream would be just around the corner? Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by stories of incredible people who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help others, especially those that help people hear. The act of helping those in need has always been something that I wanted to do, and I wanted it to be in the medical field. When the world of audiology was opened up to me in college, I knew this was where I belonged. I have been very fortunate since that time to be able to learn and work with the some of the best in the field of audiology and hearing health. It has truly helped me become the person and the professional I am today. However, something was still missing. My desire to volunteer my services to those without any access to hearing heath care burned inside me. From childhood, I was taught that giving back was doing something greater than you. What better way to give back than to give the gift of hearing? I knew this was something that I was meant to do.
So, here I am in my twelfth year at Tustin Hearing Center, the BEST hearing center in Orange County in my humble opinion. I have helped hundreds of people reconnect with friends, family and coworkers, and it never gets old. Then, the day came when I received that wonderful email to join the Starkey Foundation and Operation Change to fit hearing aids in Mexico to some of the country’s most needy. This was the most amazing news! I just kept reading it over and over as tears of joy overcame me. Could this truly be happening?
What makes this even more special for me is that Tustin Hearing Center is sponsoring my trip and supporting me in this amazing endeavor. Didn’t I say this was the BEST hearing center?! The work the Starkey Foundation accomplishes all over the world to help people hear is incredible. I am so excited for my part in this effort! It will forever be life changing and I cannot wait to share my experiences with all of you!