A ROSEBUD audiologist knows the value of good hearing skills – especially to those in less developed countries than Australia.
That’s why she’s rounding up old hearing aids to help those with hearing loss in Cambodia.
National Hearing Care’s Fallon Arnold is off on a two-week placement to Phnom Penh in October – hopefully with up to 400 old hearing aids donated by peninsula hearing loss sufferers.
“I am putting the word out that, if anyone has an old hearing aid they can give me, it would be put to good use,” she said last week.
“In Cambodia people have no access to government assistance programs and donations such as these are very much appreciated.”
Ms Arnold is also setting up an on-line fundraising site so donors can offer cash as well to the charity All Ears Cambodia.
“I am hoping to get 400-500 hearing aids but, even if I get 100, that will help 50 people,” she said.
“Initially I sought a placement in Cambodia as a student, but missed out. Then, when I got my qualifications, I knew I wanted to volunteer and I contact them again – this time being successful.”
Ms Arnold also has visited Phnom Penh as a tourist – but the thrill this time is being able to assist in a professional capacity and continuing the work of a colleague who helped out there previously.
The online link for donations is fundrazr.com/campaigns/e103X1/ab/74qWbb
To find out more about All Ears Cambodia visit allearscambodia.org/
The postal address for hearing aid donations is PO Box 239 Rosebud 3939.
Drop them off at Shop 9, 967-991 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud, in the Rosebud Beach Shopping Centre.