Each year, almost 660,000 children are born around with world with significant hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss affects 15% of the world’s population and nearly half of these cases are preventable, yet it is rarely talked about. Helping prevent hearing loss altogether or providing the best hearing aids for those who need them are just a few ways to help those in need.
And while there are many interventions available here in the United States, many families in third-world countries don’t have those options available to them.
That’s where the Hear the World Foundation comes in.
Hear the World Foundation is a Swiss non-profit foundation founded in 2006 by the Sonova Group. They support projects around the world helping children with hearing loss. The focus of the foundation is on projects in low-to middle-income countries. They provide funding for hearing technology.
The foundation trains local specialists and donates financial resources, hearing solutions, and audiological equipment to provide hearing care. Screening is provided to needy children and adults. Hearing aids are provided as well as speech therapy. They participate in self-help groups and training for parents with children that have hearing issues. They have even helped children receive cochlear implants.
One way they raise money is with an annual calendar featuring celebrities in the Hear the World pose, which has become synonymous with conscious hearing.
A previous year’s calendar—photographed by globally recognized musician and photographer Bryan Adam—features Kate Moss, Tobey Maguire, and Joey Small, among other celebrities.
You can start a fundraising campaign as a private individual or with your company, association, or school. The foundation will help you every step of the way to make sure that your fundraising campaign is a success. You can start your fundraising campaign.
Help a child hear the world today!