Since 2006, the Hear the World Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and promoting equal opportunities for people with hearing loss around the world. Our engagement focuses on: support for children, professional training, prevention of hearing loss and support for parents and families.
THE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS PROJECTS WITH A FOCUS ON:
The Hear the World Foundation is focused on and committed to providing children with audiological care. In this area we concentrate mainly on low-income countries. Children with untreated hearing loss, particularly those living in these regions, have hardly any future prospects. They have difficulty learning to speak and only limited chances to integrate socially, receive an education, and develop at an appropriate rate for their age.
Our help can change lives in this respect:
• Providing support for projects that supply children with hearing solutions, continuous care, and speech therapy
• Deploying teams of experts to provide professional on-site support
• Projects designed to increase newborn hearing
The local population should not have to rely on foreign specialists who are not readily available. The only way to build up a stable local network, so that knowledge can be passed on and sustainable audiological care can be guaranteed, is to train local audiologists. This also has the beneficial side effect of creating skilled jobs with promising future prospects in the country.
The Hear the World Foundation supports projects in the following areas:
• Training and developing local audiologists
• Providing training for clinic staff and teachers who deal with children with hearing loss
• Providing support for research projects and awarding grants
It is essential to take any opportunity to prevent hearing loss from occurring. The risks of hearing loss generally vary between high-income and low-income countries. Projects to inform people about the risks of listening to music at excessively loud volumes are the focus in high-income countries. In countries with low incomes, however, viral diseases (e.g. rubella or cytomegalovirus), chronic middle ear infections, or incorrect dosages of medication are the main factors behind the development of hearing impairments.
These two challenges are addressed by the following measures:
• Campaigns to raise awareness about the risks posed by listening to music at excessively loud volumes
• Measures to improve medical and basic audiological care
The younger children with hearing loss are, the more important the role of their parents becomes. Hearing aids need to be checked regularly and speech development exercises need to be practiced. Parents are the most important source of emotional support in a child’s everyday life. In the case of projects in low-income countries, it is also essential to provide parents with basic information about hearing loss.
The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that run various programs to help parents:
• Guides, newsletters, and brochures
• Workshops, conferences, and special consultation sessions for parents
• Opportunities to share experiences with other
parents of children with hearing loss
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