"They are going to have to take me out on a gurney. I love what I do! Every day is a brand new day. You never know what to expect and it's always got happiness in it." - Owner Patricia Russo
Her most recent trip was to Zacatecas, Mexico, in May. In 2014, she traveled to China and previously took other trips to different parts of Mexico. Whether in Pensacola or in another part of the world, Russo has seen the tremendous impact a hearing aid can have on a person's life.
"They can now participate in life. There are people who have stopped going to church, they have stopped socializing, they have stopped going to restaurants, all because they can't hear." - Owner Patricia Russo
The Starkey Hearing Foundation is headquartered near Minneapolis and began mission trips for hearing loss in 1984. Last year, the organization fitted more than 200,000 hearing devices around the world. We are proud to do our part in providing this precious gift to those in need across the globe.
We encourage everyone to get a hearing check at a professional audiologist's office, since so many diseases are now linked with hearing loss, including Alzheimer's, dementia and balance. And with so many programs for those who can't afford to get hearing help on their own; income is no excuse not to seek professional help.
We frequently see patients throughout the year as they come for cleaning and other services. These people are not just patients; they're like family to us. One patient who is a grown man now, was fitted for his first hearing aid when he was five years old. He still comes in to this day, and calls Patricia "mom."