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Starkey Hearing Mission

Read about a Hearing Mission from the Starkey Hearing Foundation team:

While half of the mission team was working to give the gift of hearing in Panama, the other half of the team was working on the same thing more than 7,500 miles away in Lusaka, Zambia.

We were delighted to be joined by the first lady of Zambia, Esther Lungu. It was motivating to see the passion she showed for helping to provide hearing for the people of Zambia...

One story that took our heart in Zambia was that of Avaless Lungo. She lost her hearing when she was struck with smallpox at age 13, while growing up in Tanzania.

As she grew older and had a family, Avaless had a difficult time communicating and eventually stopped speaking altogether. She couldn’t hear the voices of her five children, which of course made it challenging to be a mother.

She lived like this for more than 40 years, until she met us! She was beyond thrilled to have her hearing restored and quickly began to speak again. “It was a miracle. I couldn’t believe what was happening,” Avaless said about being able to hear again.


“The first thing I did was go to church. I was singing all the songs and was able to hear what the pastor was preaching!”

To learn more about Starkey Hearing Foundation's Hearing Missions, click here.

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