A $50,000 gift from MicroSeismic, Inc. will help the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at UTHealth Medical School and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital provide hearing aids to underprivileged pediatric patients in the greater Houston area.
“The medical cost of hearing aids starts at around $1,000, which means that many families are unable to afford the expense required to correct their child’s hearing,” says Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP, director of pediatric otorhinolaryngology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and an associate professor at UTHealth Medical School. “ Hearing loss affects speech and language skills, which can lead to learning problems, social isolation and poor self-esteem, all of which have a detrimental effect on a child’s development. Thanks to the generosity of companies like MicroSeismic, children who have fallen through the cracks can overcome obstacles resulting from hearing impairment.”
MicroSeismic is the leading provider of microseismic monitoring and completions evaluation services for drilling. “Our success as a company depends on our ability to listen to the sounds of the earth,” says Peter Duncan, PhD, founder and CEO of MicroSeismic. “A child’s road to success is made easier by the ability to listen to the world us. Our mission aligns so well with the hopes of these children, making this the perfect opportunity for MicroSeismic to give back.”
The first hearing-aid recipient was seven-year-old Victor Herrera, who had worn a hearing aid for many years until it was stolen in 2013. The grant allowed Victor to be fitted with a top-of-the-line hearing aid last December.
The MicroSeismic gift, which was made through the Memorial Hermann Foundation, is the first donation to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in support of hearing aids for children.