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10/13/2017  |   1:45 PM - 2:45 PM   |  West Ballroom at Shalala Student Services Building

Audiology without Borders: What you bring is important but, its what you leave behind that matters.

Limited access to hearing healthcare, including hearing aids, in low resourced communities is a universal and growing concern. The successes of humanitarian projects are not based solely on funding and hearing aids but on a foundation of trust, multicultural sensitivity and community empowerment. In this presentation the creation of a service delivery model designed to improve hearing healthcare equity within Nogales Sonora, Mexico will be described. The challenges of building and maintaining a cross border hearing healthcare program and the benefits of international collaboration will be discussed. The process of developing a sustainable hearing healthcare program that creates employment opportunities and nurtures multicultural sensitivity will be described. The benefits of being integrated into and becoming part or the community through collaboration and partnering with existing programs will be emphasized. Also, the importance of creating a multicultural awareness that focuses on building a sustainable “culture of health” will also be addressed. In summary, this presentation shows that by crossing geographic, demographic and social barriers, volunteers from Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora Mexico have worked together to improve the quality of life for hearing impaired individuals, young and old.

  • Knowledge: As a result of this activity the participant will be able to identify 3 objectives for establishing a humanitarian audiology program.
  • Comprehension: As a result of this activity the participant will be able to summarize the foundation principles and potential benefits of a culture of health.
  • Analysis: As a result of this activity the participant will be able to explain a multigenerational patient triage and hearing health service model for humanitarian audiology projects.

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James Dean (POC,Primary Presenter), ARSOBO,;
Jim has over 30 years of experience in audiologic assessment and audiologic intervention across the lifespan. His current community and clinical research interests are in developing hearing healthcare service delivery models suitable for implementation in low resourced communities. He has extensive experience working in humanitarian audiology projects nationally and internationally. He has published articles on building sustainable hearing healthcare programs and “best practice” in humanitarian hearing healthcare . Jim previously served on the Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities faculty (University of Arizona LEND) and the Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars National Advisory Committee. Currently he is the director for hearing healthcare services in the Arizona Sonora Borders Projects for Inclusion (ARSOBO) program based in, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. He is also a member of ARSOBO Board of Directors.


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