Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series on Dr. Yalamanchali’s medical service trip to India. Part one was published in the May 2018 issue of ENTtoday.
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At the end of my research month in India, I spent my last weekend with my grandmother. For the first six years of my life, I lived in India with my grandmother while my parents completed their medical training. My grandmother and I have an unbreakable connection, and watching old age and Parkinson’s catch up with my vibrant grandmother is quite difficult.
No matter how tired she may be feeling, her greatest joy comes from feeding us, and every morning she still wakes up before sunrise to cook for the day. Over the last few years, she has complained of hearing loss and, even with my persistence, refused a formal hearing test to avoid hospitals. With the Shoebox Audiometer, she was able to undergo an audiogram in the comforts of her own home.