I started to search for hearing aids in Perth, Australia in ’99 while serving on a volunteer ship. After researching in a couple of ports, we finally had a good break in Melbourne. The port coordinator there was excellent. She was from Switzerland and had located an audiologist who thought he could help. When I met up with him, he told me the fascinating story of generous provision.
An overseas worker’s son had found some hearing aids on the way home from school in a park. They were new and quite valuable. He handed them into the police and after the regulation time, around 3 months, I think, they were given back to him as no one had claimed them. As a healthy teenager, he did not need them so his parents suggested donating them to the audiologist whom they knew well. He then put them aside for the right person – who turned out to be myself. He supplied and fitted them – worth a thousand or so Aus$.
I then asked him how I could help him. After some dialoguing, I discovered he had a vision to supply 3 million hearing aids to S E Asia countries where hearing issues were wide-spread by income minimal. He asked if I might be able to “keep my eyes and ears open” for a good price on the specific parts, the ones he needed were manufactured in Denmark. While at a “thank-you” dinner on the new ship LH, in Denmark, I found myself sitting next to a staff member from the very firm he had mentioned. Interesting….
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