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Hear the World Foundation funds World Wide Hearing!

Posted on May 30, 2016

A major barrier to addressing hearing loss in Peru is identifying children who need our help.

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to a $100,000 Swiss Francs grant from Hear the World Foundation, World Wide Hearing Foundation International will train technicians to screen up to 30,000 children across Peru, using affordable mobile technologies.

Hear the World Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Sonova Group, a leading manufacturer of hearing solutions. The Foundation grants endowments to groups, public institutions and private persons who work towards the improvement of the quality of life and environment of people with hearing loss and the prevention of hearing loss.

At World Wide Hearing, we'll use this grant money to train people in Peru and ensure long-term sustainability. We're really excited to have the opportunity to bring our training and screening expertise to yet another part of the world.

Thank you Hear the World Foundation for your support!

World Wide Hearing Receives Google.org Grant to Develop New Hearing Screening Technology

Posted on May 26, 2015

A major barrier to addressing hearing loss in the developing world is identifying those who need our help. We are thrilled to announce that thanks to a $500,000 USD grant from Google.org, World Wide Hearing Foundation International will develop, prototype, and test an extremely low-cost mobile toolkit for diagnosing hearing loss using widely available and affordable smartphone technology. We are honoured to have been chosen as one of two initial anchor grants for a new Google Impact Challenge focused on disabilities. Google.org’s support will help identify those living with hearing loss in poor and remote communities worldwide, ensuring that they can receive the care they need.

Read more at Google.org and at the Official Google Blog.

World Wide Hearing Receives Grand Challenges Canada Funding to Carry Out Innovative Impact Study

Posted on May 26, 2015

The consequences of hearing loss are underappreciated because unlike other impairments, hearing loss is an invisible disability. In order to illustrate the critical importance of hearing, World Wide Hearing is proud to announce that it will conduct a first-of-its-kind study to investigate the impact of providing hearing aids on poverty, quality of life, and mental health for people living in developing countries. No such study exists, even though the World Health Organization considers hearing loss to be among the world’s most disabling conditions. This pioneering research, which will be carried out in Guatemala in 2015-2017, is made possible by funding from Grand Challenges Canada and the Blema and Arnold Steinberg Foundation.

Read more at grandchallenges.ca.

GivingTuesday is Giving Day - December 2nd, 2014

Posted on Nov 26, 2014

It is a new movement for charitable giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday & Cyber Monday, which come right after US Thanksgiving. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where people join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

Where did the idea come from? The retail industry has long benefited from seasonal shopping that symbolically kicks off with “Black Friday” – a day that has since inspired “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.” GivingTuesday, then, serves as a celebratory, fully connected day to kick off the giving season, when many make their holiday and end‐of‐year charitable gifts.

GivingTuesday was originaly started in the US in 2012 by the UN Foundation, the NYC 92Y and several other community organizations. GivingTuesday was started in Canada by a group of organizations including and now includes over 1,900 partners.

World Wide Hearing at the 2014 Lions International Children’s Symposium

Posted on Jul 22, 2014

Audra raising awareness about hearing loss in developing countries and the Hearing Express program.

Audra was invited to speak at the Lions Clubs International symposium on children in need in Toronto on July 11. This was a gathering of major organizations (the Gates Foundation, Special Olympics, Perkins International, Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Lions' top leadership team). World Wide Hearing was the only organization invited that focused exclusively on hearing loss. World Wide Hearing hopes that it continues to collaborate to address the needs of hearing impaired people everywhere.

Link: Lions International Blog