A student and professor from the School of Health Professions and Human Services’ audiology doctoral program recently visited India to provide free healthcare and other services to underserved communities.
The Hofstra participants were invited as members of the Long Island AuD Consortium, which offers a clinical doctorate in audiology through the cooperation of Hofstra and two other universities, Adelphi and St. John’s. Hofstra professor and LI AuD clinical program coordinator, Dr. Ianthe Murad, was joined on the trip by third-year audiology students Roseann Valenti’18 of Hofstra, Krupti Shah of Adelphi, and Regina Matskina of St. John’s.
“Our mission trip to India was eye-opening,” said Valenti, of Center Moriches, NY, who is also a clinical graduate assistant at the Saltzman Center audiology clinic. “It has given me a true humanitarian experience, further increasing my desire to help others, and has confirmed my belief that I have chosen an incredible profession. This experience has significantly supplemented my academics and clinical practicum.”
The group spent ten days, from August 10-20, 2016, in five cities throughout India where the students worked with audiologists, volunteers, interpreters and other hearing-health trained individuals to provide hearing services to over 1,000 adults and children.
“The global experiences made available to our students are unique in that they encourage the students to adopt new solutions when resources are limited,” said Dr. Murad. “Moreover, their intellectual point of view begins to shape and even stretch with each patient that they encounter. All of the students that have participated in a global mission have responded positively that they had significant gains not only in their clinical skills but gains in their clinical confidence skills.”
The trip was sponsored by the nonprofit Starkey Hearing Foundation as part of its “So The World May Hear” global community-based hearing healthcare program. The student clinicians were immersed in Indian culture as they interacted with patients, provided primary ear-care services and hearing screenings, and fit hearing aids and custom ear molds on qualified candidates.
Earlier this year, a group from the LI AuD Consortium participated in a similar trip to Vietnam.
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