Brown Hearing Centers give the gift of hearing to impoverished Hondurans

Published 2:39 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Special to The Leader

ORANGE — Representatives of Brown Hearing Centers recently returned from Honduras, Central America, after donating numerous hearing aids to impoverished communities. The aid expedition was a joint effort involving Brown Hearing Centers with Sonic Hearing Aids — a leading hearing aid manufacturer — along with multiple non-governmental organizations and charities.

 “This aid effort required the selfless volunteer work of many agencies,” said Karlene Toohey, Vice President of Brown Hearing Centers. “We are grateful to have had the opportunity to give the gift of hearing to so many Hondurans in need, and it was a blessing to work with many others to make this possible.”

Other agencies involved in the effort included Rick Burns Ministries, also of Orange, Texas, and local missionaries and clinics — Clinica de Esperanza and Vessels of Mercy — on the island of Roatan, Honduras.

 The team went on-site to some of the poorest communities on the island — with average incomes of less than $80 per month. The licensed hearing instrument specialists then conducted clinical hearing tests, and created custom prescriptive hearing solutions for many in-need individuals.

 “Of the many examples of seeing the gift impact these precious people, one hearing-impaired child really touched my heart,” said Eddie L. Toohey, BC-HIS, New Technology Manager at Brown Hearing Centers. “This young girl had not spoken in most of her life because she could not hear anything; and as soon as I placed her new hearing aids in her ears, some of her first words were, ‘I love you.’ Moments like that make all our efforts more than worth it.”

 After more than 55 years and three generations, Brown Hearing Centers continues to help people hear life better. To this day, the company remains family-owned and operated, while focusing on the latest technology in hearing healthcare solutions. Learn more at