Whittier Audiologist Joins Starkey to Share Gift of Hearing Overseas

Community invited to follow China mission on social media

Doctor of Audiology Kim Ortega, director of rehabilitative audiology at Whittier Hearing Center, will join global nonprofit Starkey Hearing Foundation for a 10-day, two-city mission in China to help nearly 4,000 men, women, and children hear their best.

“This is a dream come true,” said Ortega, a co-owner at the practice and an expert in hearing care technology advancements including Bluetooth connectivity. “I’m passionate about improving people’s lives through better hearing, so what an exciting opportunity to share that passion on a global scale.”

An estimated 360 million youth and adults – more than 5 percent of people worldwide – have disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization, with prevalence greatest in low- and middle-income countries.

Through its “So the World May Hear” mission, Starkey Hearing Foundation provides free hearing aids to those in need around the globe, partnering with celebrities, philanthropists, hearing-care professionals and businesses to change lives. The foundation has pledged to provide 1 million hearing aids this decade and currently gives more than 200,000 devices annually.

Ortega’s July 30-Aug. 8, 2016 China hearing mission will comprise fitting approximately 1,992 people in Xuzhou and about 1,989 people in Suqian – both cities of Jiangsu Province – with hearing aid technology and counseling.

Follow Ortega’s overseas experience on our blog or check in on social media including our Facebook page.