Chengdu, Xi’an, China

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August 2012

This was history in the making as this was the first government sanctioned charity event that has ever been allowed into China. More than 12,000 hearing aids were distributed to hearing impaired children and adults as part of this history-making hearing mission.

During the 10-day hearing mission, Travis and Sabrina Rhodes travelled to Xi’an and Chengdu, China, where they were joined by eight-time NBA All-Star and former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, two-time NBA All-Star and Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler, NBA China CEO David Shoemaker, and GRAMMY award winning songwriter and producer Dallas Austin.

“We truly live through what we give and the greatest gift in life is what we give. There is no better or more important job in the world than helping people that need to be helped! ” Said Travis Rhodes, Owner and Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner, with The Hearing Loss Clinic. “We here at The Hearing Loss Clinic are grateful to do our part in delivering the gift of hearing.”

This was Starkey Hearing Foundation’s first mission to China. The Foundation distributes more than 100,000 hearing aids annually in both the U.S. and around the world and has visited more than 98 countries. As a member ofPresident Clinton’s Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to fit one million hearing aids by the end of the decade, and is well on the way to its goal.

View more of this mission at So The World May Hear.