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Hesham is a gentleman who came to the Hearing the Call Art Initiative room while waiting to be called in for treatment at Souriyat Across Borders in Jordan for hearing loss. He took a paper and pen and moved to the back of the room. Later, he came to share his artwork and told us his story. His drawing showed his wife, daughter, and son being killed by terrorists. He is the only one left in his family and escaped to Jordan.

Although in tears when relating his story, he left that day with new hearing aids and a “thumbs up” for the volunteers. Sometimes the artwork helps connect the audiologists with the stories of the patients they are helping. Patricia, the audiologist who fit Hesham with hearing devices was very moved by his strength of character but didn’t know his story until she saw the artwork later.

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