A Challenge in Honduras Upon arrival in Honduras a year ago as an audiologist and Presbyterian missionary with the Comisión Cristiana de Desarrollo (Christian Commission on Development-CCD), I realized I was facing a challenge as I prepared to work in the most remote areas of Honduras. My challenge was to find a way to ... Perspective
Perspective  |   March 01, 1992
A Challenge in Honduras
 
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  • Dhyan Cassie
    Comision Cristiana de Desarrollo, Honduras
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Hearing Disorders / International & Global / Perspective
Perspective   |   March 01, 1992
A Challenge in Honduras
American Journal of Audiology, March 1992, Vol. 1, 9-10. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0102.09
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1992, Vol. 1, 9-10. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0102.09
Upon arrival in Honduras a year ago as an audiologist and Presbyterian missionary with the Comisión Cristiana de Desarrollo (Christian Commission on Development-CCD), I realized I was facing a challenge as I prepared to work in the most remote areas of Honduras. My challenge was to find a way to identify people with hearing impairments in rural communities with poorly maintained roads and no electricity. Without electricity, portable audiometers are useless. Battery-operated audiometers are unavailable and recharging and replacement of batteries would remain problems in any case. Certainly my experiences are not unique. Other audiologists have found themselves in situations without access to electricity or in less than ideal conditions. Indeed, some rural communities in the United States are located far from well-equipped testing centers. People are often denied hearing screenings because of lack of equipment and trained personnel.
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