In November 2022, Dr. King Chung and five NIU audiology students joined forces with students and faculty from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) in Brazil on a mission trip to Kraków, Poland.
They provided free hearing services for school children, members of a community center, and Ukrainian refugees at Krakow, Poland.
While their initial intention was to examine the hearing status and the hearing health care needs of the refugees, the team was overwhelmed by the number of Ukrainian refugees with hearing loss!
The trip to Krakow, Poland, was particularly impactful and Chung and her students saw firsthand the consequences of the war in Ukraine.
Looking ahead, the NIU team has successfully solicited high-performance rechargeable hearing aids from a hearing aid manufacturer for the refugees.
Over NIU spring break (March 12-19), a second team of NIU students and faculty will join forces with students and faculty from University of Sao Paulo, Bauru and Federal University of Paraiba, Joao Pesseo. The group will return to Krakow to fit the hearing aids to 43 refugees.
A total of eight NIU students need our support to sponsor their humanitarian efforts. Your donation is tax deductible.
Please donate to Heart of Hearing to help this important study abroad trip!