The Starkey Hearing Foundation and its Israeli partners concluded Thursday its Israel-Palestine Hearing Mission of Peace in the West Bank region, fitting more than 1,000 Palestinian children and adults with hearing devices.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation hopes the three-day effort will promote greater communication and understanding among the local communities through improved hearing.
It brought Americans, Israelis and Palestinians together for the mission which was held May 24-26 at the Khaled ben Said school in Tulkarem, Palestine (West Bank region).
The mission involved the coordination of medical and security personnel, along with volunteers, from all three countries made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Israel, the American Friends of Sheba Medical Center in New York, and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.
“The Starkey Hearing Foundation Israel-Palestine Hearing Mission of Peace is a humanitarian effort unlike any hearing mission we have done before anywhere in the world,” said Bill Austin, Founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation.
According to the Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive affecting 63 million children alone worldwide. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community, and the world around them.