Photographs by Justin D. Knight/HU Communications – Martine Elie, Ph.D., conducts hearing screenings at Ecole Shalom.

Martine Elie, Ph.D., director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Howard, answered the call to serve in Haiti for the second year. Elie is an only child in her family to be born in the U.S. Her parents and siblings were born in Haiti, a short drive from where she is currently volunteering in Croix Des Bouquets.

Elie screened nearly 100 children and adults at Ecole Shalom Des Freres in the small rural community known for its metal craftsmanship. A handful of children had hearing challenges.

“Overall, the children responded well to a range of frequencies,” Elie said. “There were about four students who will need special accommodations to ensure that have optimal participation in the classroom.”

Elie added, “It is important to identify them early for treatment, but also so teachers can know that this is a problem and place them in front or ensure that they are able to hear lessons and participate fully in activities.

In the case of adults, there were more cases of hearing loss and the need for follow up treatment including hearing aids. Elie wants to do more and plans to return to Haiti to give back to the country that gave her family so much.

Kerry-Ann Hamilton, director of strategic communications and marketing, is traveling with Howard University volunteers on their service mission to Haiti. The blog “Howard Brings Hope to Haiti” chronicles the travels and work of nearly two dozen students, faculty and staff during Alternative Spring Break 2012.