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The World Wide Hearing Member Association is a global think tank that unites individuals and organizations to share knowledge and resources that promote better hearing. For more information about joining the Member Association, please contact the office of the Secretary, Professor Andrew Smith, at or by phone during normal business hours at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, by dialing +44 20 7958 8313.

A list of our current members and links to their websites is below.

Better Hearing Phillipines, Inc. — In 1999 Better Hearing Philippines, Inc. (BHPI), formerly Task Force on the Prevention of Hearing Loss, was founded by a select group of individuals representing almost all important government and non-government agencies in support of the hearing impaired community. A non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization, BHPI commits itself to assisting the Government in the prevention of hearing loss, primary health care based control of hearing impairment and community-based improvement in the quality of life for hearing impaired individuals and their families. It does so through development of community awareness on the causes and consequences of hearing impairment, conduct of training amongst health care providers, teachers, volunteers for the early detection of hearing impairment and basic ear care, and provision of, within its capacity, hearing devices to indigents.

CBM — CBM envisages an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.  Specifically, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create sustainable solutions.

CHEF International - Pakistan — Founded in 2007, CHEF International is still in its infancy. The ideology behind the establishment of this non-government entity was to contribute high quality health care and educational opportunities to the needy population. Much needed and desired human resource development and provision of basic health care to the poorest of the poor are the basic objectives of the organization.

China Rehabilitation and Research Center for Deaf Children — The China Rehabilitation and Research Center for Deaf Children (CRRCDC), affiliated with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation(CDPF), was founded in 1983. It is the only national center engaged in hearing and speech rehabilitation in China as well as a technical resource center and industry administration center. Supported by an audiology clinic, and a speech training and education department, CRRCDC provides services for hearing-impaired children throughout China. Consisting of relevant departments in charge of policy making, continuing education, etc., CRRCDC offers national support services. In addition, CRRCDC carries out basic and applied research on audiology, linguistics, and psychology within its three laboratories.

Christian Medical College — The objective of the Christian Medical College is the establishment, maintenance and development of a Christian Medical College and Hospital in India, where men and women receive an education of the highest grade in the art and science of medicine, nursing, or one or other of the related professions, to equip them for service in the relief of suffering and in the promotion of health.

Coalition for Global Hearing Health — The Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH) advocates for policies pertinent to hearing health care practices in a humanitarian capacity by directing professionals, students and stakeholders to existing policy, creates topical guidelines in various languages (e.g. cochlear implant candidacy in developing countries, tele health in underserved areas, etc.), and encourages dialogue and consensus amongst and between professionals globally to achieve topical policy. It also equips and empowers hearing healthcare professionals by educating societies and organizations on available resources and providing working opportunities through regularly provided coalition conferences. It likewise equips and empowers families, educators, communities and those who have ear/hearing difficulties by addressing holistic/complete needs within the context of the available resources found in the underserved region. Finally, CGHH encourages and perpetuates best practices by engaging recipients of humanitarian services in dialogue about their priorities, needs, resources.

European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association — The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) represents the six major European hearing instrument manufacturers, producing up to 90% of hearing aids made in Europe. EHIMA was founded in 1985 and the members are among the world's largest and most advanced hearing aid manufacturers. Members of EHIMA develop, manufacture and market hearing instruments on a large scale in one or more countries in Europe and export their products worldwide, as well.

Hearing Industries Association — The Hearing Industries Association is the national trade association of manufacturers of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, component parts, and power sources. Together, these companies produce the vast majority of the over 2 million hearing aids that are purchased in the United States on an annual basis. On HIA’s member companies’ individual websites, you will learn a great deal about not only the sophisticated hearing aids that they manufacture, but also the substantial research and development initiatives in which they engage, the intensive dispenser professional education that they deliver, and the other ways in which these leading companies support people with hearing loss.

Hearing International — Hearing International is an international non-governmental charity organization established in 1992 as an umbrella organization, linked with the International Federation of Oto-rhino-laryngological Societies (IFOS) and the International Society of Audiology (ISA), two professional organizations caring for ear, nose, and throat and hearing disorders. Hearing International is registered as a public charity organization in the USA under Michigan Law. It seeks to align otologists, audiologists, hearing interventionists, deaf eduators, and hearing device manufacturers, all with technical know-how and the understanding of world standards for consumers group to the fundamental ground work at grass-root level. Through education, we can achieve our ultimate goal of Healthy Ears and Hearing for All.

Hearing International - Nigeria — Hearing International, Nigeria (HING) is a registered non-governmental organisation which seeks to promote best practices in hearing healthcare in Nigeria and other developing countries. HING has carried out various activities related to hearing healthcare in Nigeria which include: organisation of the first International Workshop on Occupational Noise and Seminar on Audiological Medicine  in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and technical support from the University College London, organisation of Noise Awareness Day in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, research grants and donation of equipment for small studies and pilot projects, donation of high quality hearing aids to indigent children with profound hearing loss, and co-sponsorship of the first-ever pilot programs on universal newborn hearing screening in Nigeria offered to parents at no cost.

Hearing the Future — The objective Hearing the Future is to improve hearing health care in China through prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation, thus reducing the socio-economic burden of hearing impairment.

Holy Land Institute for the Deaf — The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID), established in 1964 in the town of Salt, Jordan, aims to enable hard-of-hearing, Deaf and deafblind people to participate meaningfully in family and community and to make their unique and valuable contributions to an inclusive society. HLID provides and develops comprehensive, effective and efficient services in Jordan and the Middle East. Among these services are quality education for hearing impaired children, audiology & hearing aid services, knowledge management, teacher training, development of skills and values, and the production of educational materials and resources.

International Society of Audiology — The ISA facilitates the knowledge, protection and rehabilitation of human hearing, inclusive of the effects of pharmacological and surgical measures, but exclusive of matters relating to the technique of these measures.  It serves as an advocate for the profession and for the hearing impaired throughout the world.

IMPACT Foundation - Nepal — Website under construction

IMPACT Foundation - United Kingdom — IMPACT is an international program to prevent and alleviate needless disability. All of its projects are run by local people in touch with real need—they also contribute resources. This ensures that their work is cost-effective and appropriate.  They have already restored sight, mobility and hearing, or repaired cleft lip for almost 800,000 people and prevented a lifetime of disability for many thousands more.

International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics — IALP’s mission is to provide a network that enables those concerned with communication sciences and disorders to work together and enrich their understanding by providing an opportunity to situate their work within broad multicultural perspectives. This expanded vision serves to enrich their work on behalf of individuals with communication disorders and reduce geographical and political barriers to the highest levels of scientific inquiry and service.

International Association of Physicians in Audiology — The aims of the Association are: a) To maintain and improve the clinical, ethical and scientific standards relevant to medical practice in the field of audiology. b) To strengthen the connection between this area of medical practice and related specialties. c) To promote co-operative endeavors, at both international and national levels, directed at the solution of relevant medico legal, occupational, preventive, public health and social problems. d) To provide an opportunity for its members to discuss items of mutual interest. e) To provide an opinion relevant to this area of medical practice to those bodies who might wish to avail themselves of such. f) To concern itself with training programs relevant to this specialty. g) To disseminate information relevant to this specialty.

International Federation of Hard of Hearing People — The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) is an international non-governmental organization representing the interests of more than 300 million hard of hearing people world wide.

Lions Club International Foundation — Lions Clubs International Foundation, the official charitable Foundation of Lions Clubs International, brings help, hope and healing to the world. Grant funding is awarded to Lions districts worldwide for large-scale humanitarian projects that address community needs. The Foundation's mission is to support the efforts of Lions clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects. Through LCIF, Lions tackle global problems such as blindness and hearing loss and respond to major catastrophes such as earthquakes and floods. But LCIF also helps Lions serve their local communities by partnering with them to build schools, health clinics and vocational training centers for the disabled. LCIF helps people to lead healthier and more productive lives, nurtures the potential of youth, promotes health, serves the elderly, empowers the disabled and helps victims of disasters.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine — The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first institution in the world dedicated to tropical disease and has led the field in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases ever since.  A registered charity, we work in over 60 countries worldwide, often in very difficult circumstances, to fulfil our mission of improving the health of the world's poorest people, helping to bring research innovation and scientific breakthroughs from the lab to those most in need.

M.A.K. Medical Center - Pakistan — Website under construction

Maulana Azad Medical College — Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospital complex consist of four integral units, named Maulana Azad Medical College, Lok Nayak Hospital, Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital and Guru Nanak Eye Centre. The college was established twenty two years after the commissioning of Irwin Hospital, a well established general hospital drawing patients mainly from Delhi and from the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Mill Neck Family of Organizations — The Mission of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations – Lutheran Friends of the Deaf is to enhance the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special communication needs, through excellence in individually designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services. The Mill Neck Family of Organizations will continue to be the recognized leader in education and employment services for the Deaf on Long Island, the national leader in resources and partnerships in its role as a recognized service organization within the church and a key international leader in development of programs and services with other partners. 

Society for Sound Hearing - India — The vision of the Society for Sound Hearing is to improve the quality of life in the Asian Region by including in developmental programs the right to better hearing. Its mission is to eliminate avoidable hearing impairment by the year 2030 through development of sustainable and inclusive ear and hearing care systems. The Goal of the Sound Hearing 2030 program is to reduce avoidable hearing impairment to 50% by 2015 and 90% by the year 2030.

University of São Paulo — The University of Sao Paulo (USP) is the largest institution dedicated to higher education and research in Brazil. A large part of the Brazilian masters and PhD students receive their training there.

World Health Organization — WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.  In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats. World Wide Hearing and the WHO have an official collaboration agreement to prevent deafness and hearing impairment.

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