Medics Test Iraqi Children’s Hearing
Thursday, 08 January 2009 By 2nd Lt. Erika Stump
1st Cavalry Division
COB ADDER — Approximately 15 Samawa school children received their first hearing exams here, Dec 28.
The Soldiers assigned to the 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division identified candidates for the exam during a visit to the al-Amal school for the deaf, which is located in the town of Ar-Rumythan, about an hour north of Samawah in southern Iraq.
"I hope we can continue working with the local populace,” said Staff Sgt. Heidi Barber, a combat medic from Fort Worth, Texas. “Essentially, we are all here for one common goal, and that is to make Iraq better."
Once the candidates were chosen, the Soldiers offered the children and their parents a visit to COB Adder’s audiology facility to test the children’s hearing. Although the facility is for routine American Soldiers’ hearing exams, the team expanded their services to analyze the hearing of the Iraqi children.
Capt. Ramona Toussaint from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Capt. Lori August from Austin, Texas, examined the children’s ears for abnormalities or inconsistencies. Barber and Spc. Alexandra Olivares performed a series of routine hearing tests.
"[This] was a great and rewarding event,” said Olivares, a combat medic from Brooklyn, N.Y. “I had an incredible time working with members of the local community."...
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