Last month in my trip report, I told of Dan, the 14yr old boy we met on the east side of the island whose hearing aids were broken...
Thought I would update those interested with the outcome of bringing them back to the states to be fixed.
The hearing aids were first sent to Tennessee to my neice who works for a company that distributes aids and accessories. She sent them to Phonak and they repaired them (for free). I was also able to get a moisture removal machine and a bag full of batteries from my neice (for free).
The next step was to replace the cracked tubes connecting the earmolds to the hearing aids. Because of how they (the molds) were originally made, I couldn't get them easily replaced and ended up having to send them to Minneapolis to a company who "bored" out each mold to accept new tubes. They did so and sent them back to me with new tubes (for free).
The final piece to this puzzle is getting a mule to take everything to the island and arrange to meet with Dan for delivery. The tubes will need to be cut to the appropriate length to fit his ear.
I am nervous about letting the aids out of my hands but excited to get them back to this sweet boy so he can hear again! Does anyone know if there is an audiologist on the island? I'm guessing NO because the family went to Cancun 2 yrs ago to get these for him. It would be nice to have someone with hearing aid knowledge able to assist.
All in all, this has worked out so positive. I am very thankful for the kindness and generosity of all of those I have dealt with this past month. I wish I could be there to see Dan's face light up with that big grin!