Frequently Asked Questions

How are patients identified?
Patients throughout the Dominican learn about Project Ear through screening clinics or often simply by word of mouth since we have had a presence in the country since 1995. At the present time, Dr. Batista evaluates prospective patients in his office in La Vega and directs the patient for treatment under the care of Project Ear based on their condition and financial status.

How many people have you treated?
We have treated over 1,000 patients. We have made 36 trips to the Dominican Republic, and helped roughly 45-60 children and young adults on each trip.

What percent of the money goes to patient care?
Over 99% past participants have covered their own expenses and most supplies are either donated or collected and re-sterilized from medical waste at local hospitals. As we grow, we will likely employ local nurses, staff and some physicians.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Project Ear is an official 501- (c)3 non-profit organization.

Is this organization religious or faith-based?
No. Project Ear has no religious or governmental affiliation.

Are medical students or non-medical volunteers needed?
Currently there is more manpower than we can use due to lack of space, especially with only two trips per year. However, Project Ear is always interested in having medical students as well as other volunteers come aboard. Medical background and/or fluency in Spanish is ideal. There will be many more opportunities with the opening of our new facility.

How else can I get involved?
We are looking for young, energetic people with varying skills (IT, accounting, fundraising) to assist with fundraising, organization of trips, website management, etc. Additionally, we are in the process of creating an on-campus student organization at The Ohio State University. Send an e-mail to [email protected] to see how you can get involved.

Do you only operate and treat patients in the Dominican Republic?
As of now, yes. Moving forward we hope to create a model of care that can be transferable to other nations, specifically including the necessary facilities and training programs in order to be successful. Hearing loss and chronic ear disease are common to all countries, and we are obviously looking to help as many patients as possible.

How does this organization impact the Dominican Republic?

Project Ear provides teaching related to hearing loss and diseases of the ear for physicians, other health care workers, patients, and families. In addition to the educational merits, reduction of the tremendous economic burden that hearing loss causes (increased educational expenses, increased unemployment, etc) is beneficial to any developing country.

How does this organization impact other countries?
We hope Project Ear will eventually become a model for other countries facing similar issues. The model would include information regarding facilities and training programs that lead to positive change.