A soccer player for the Senegalese Special Olympics soccer team heard his own name for the first time in his life after being fitted with hearing aids from an Eden Prairie-based company, according to a news release from the company.
Mame Mdiaye, 31, visited the Healthy Hearing screening with his coach at the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, the release says. Mdiaye is deaf and doctors told him he would never hear, but a test at the hearing clinic showed he might be able to use Starkey’s hearing aids, the release says.
As a Starkey Hearing professional fitted Mdiaye with the hearing aids and turned them on, he hear the sound of his own name for the first time and was “overcome with emotion,” the release said.
Mdiaye then played with hearing aids for the first time, and the Senegalese soccer team advanced to the championship game and took home the silver medal.
The hearing aids and professionals at the hearing clinic were donated by Starkey Hearing Technologies, the release says, noting that the Starkey Hearing Foundation has clinics in Senegal where Mdiaye can receive care for his hearing aids. Starkey fit more than 250 athletes from 67 countries with hearing aids during the Healthy Hearing clinic, the release adds.