A resident undergoes a hearing check at a free clinic hosted by the V.I. Health Department in partnership with the Starkey Hearing Foundation on May 21 at Sunshine Mall on St. Croix.

The V.I. Health Department has recognized hearing loss as an area of need in the community and researched and secured, with the assistance of Dr. Wincess Gentius, clinical doctor of audiology, support and resources to provide hearing tests and free hearing aids to individuals unable to afford them.

The DOH partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and on May 21 provided the gift of hearing to the residents on St. Croix. Out of 200 participants that were screened at the event at Sunshine Mall, 150 were eligible and fitted with hearing aids, the youngest patient being age 5.