Anita Stein-Meyers, AuD, CCC-A is reporting from Jinotega, Nicaragua this week, where she’s on a volunteer trip to help deaf and hard of hearing children get the hearing technology they need. Dr. Stein-Meyers is a top pediatric audiologist known for her skill with even the most challenging hearing losses and has been with CHC close to the 30 years. She’s an expert in fitting kids’ ears with hearing aids and putting smiles on their faces.

The City of Jinotega is a small city in a huge mountain valley known for coffee production and a misty sky.

Following is her reports via email on the first day. We’ll keep you posted with how the rest of the week goes!

Day 1

Early morning

Awoke to the morning 5 a.m. rooster. Sipping local coffee in the mist, on my way to day one at the hospital clinic where we’re expecting a long but rewarding day. Stay tuned…

Midmorning

Agenda looks like this:

  • Coffee
  • Audiological evaluations
  • More coffee
  • Hearing aid fittings
  • Fitting a 6 year old with bilateral atresia with a BAHA, who never was aided before (see the slideshow below).

The best coffee can’t even come close. Best day so far and it has only just begun!

Afternoon

The horses like to hang out near the open air hospital (see the slideshow below). They, like us must love the beautiful mountain view.

First hearing aid fitting was for a 12 year old — he was delighted — Mom blessed me enough to last the whole week.

Evening

What we accomplished today with a homemade audiological test booth, built by our volunteer predecessors:

Created an ENT triage space inside the hospital
Worked til the we had an empty waiting room at day’s end (started with standing room only)

More to come!

– Dr. Stein-Meyers

Information on CHC’s on-site services for children with hearing loss.

Dr. Stein-Meyers is on this mission via Mayflower Medical Outreach, “Strengthening hearing health and deaf education in Nicaragua.” Volunteers pay their own way to take part, and the Center for Hearing and Communication, a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit organization, underwrote Anita’s trip. For over a century, CHC has served people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind to reach their full potential.