Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02 | August 10, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
The first time I heard about the work of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, I chortled arrogantly, quite nearly scoffed, saying, “That’s nice,” in a patronizing tone, thinking that I knew better.
They’re giving out hundreds of $5,000 hearing aids to children in poor villages in Africa? Why spend so much money on electronic hearing aids when their siblings may be suffering from malnutrition? There has to be a better way. Then I started thinking about how people deserve access to all health care — like with intensive care units, cancer treatment, emergency medical helicopters and hearing aids — regardless of where they live.