Arizona Sonora Borders (ARSOBO) Hearing Health Program: A Cross Border Project for Inclusion Limited access to hearing health care, including hearing aids, is a universal and growing concern. This is particularly true in low- and middle-income countries, such as Mexico. Improving hearing health care equity within a large underserved infant to geriatric population in Mexico requires a foundation of trust and a culturally ... Article
Article  |   September 15, 2017
Arizona Sonora Borders (ARSOBO) Hearing Health Program: A Cross Border Project for Inclusion
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • James Dean
    Speech, Lanaguage, & Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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  • Financial: James Dean has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: Some data from the Denny and Beukelman poster sessions were presented at AAA Phoenix 2016 and are reported with permission in this manuscript
    Nonfinancial: Some data from the Denny and Beukelman poster sessions were presented at AAA Phoenix 2016 and are reported with permission in this manuscript×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / International & Global / Part 1
Article   |   September 15, 2017
Arizona Sonora Borders (ARSOBO) Hearing Health Program: A Cross Border Project for Inclusion
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2017, Vol. 2, 13-23. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.13
History: Received January 5, 2017 , Revised June 12, 2017 , Accepted July 12, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2017, Vol. 2, 13-23. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.13
History: Received January 5, 2017; Revised June 12, 2017; Accepted July 12, 2017

Limited access to hearing health care, including hearing aids, is a universal and growing concern. This is particularly true in low- and middle-income countries, such as Mexico. Improving hearing health care equity within a large underserved infant to geriatric population in Mexico requires a foundation of trust and a culturally sensitive vision shared by all stakeholders. This article describes a cross-border hearing health care program that was integrated into an existing humanitarian project for individuals with disabilities. The program, called the Arizona Sonora Borders Projects for Inclusion (ARSOBO), based in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, is building a “culture of health” in a border town divided by a fence. By crossing geographic, demographic, and social barriers, volunteers from Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora work to improve the quality of life for hearing impaired individuals, young and old.

Acknowledgements
I would like to express my deep gratitude for the dedication that the University of Arizona graduate students and Tucson area volunteers have shown over the last 3 years.
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