Our Projects

Past and Present

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Nunavut, Canada, 2016-2017 – World Wide Hearing will train and equip local health workers in remote Aboriginal communities in the Canadian Arctic to screen for hearing loss and provide hearing aid maintenance services. Inuit children have some of the highest levels of hearing loss in the world, and yet there are very few audiology and ear care services available in Northern Canada. The success of Inuit education and employment initiatives in Nunavut, which are key to the development of its communities, depends on first addressing the widespread problem of hearing loss.

Vietnam, 2016-2017 – In 2016, World Wide Hearing launched a mass screening project to screen for hearing loss and provide hearing care to over 10,000 kindergarten children living near Ho Chi Minh City. This work will take place over 18 months in partnership with the local health and education authorities, as well as the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.

Guatemala, 2015-2016 – World Wide Hearing will be launching several projects in Guatemala in 2015. We will be distributing hearing aids, as well as running the world’s first impact study to measure the impact of providing hearing aids on poverty, mental health, and quality of life in a developing country.

Jordan, 2012-2014 – The pilot launch of Hearing Express took place in Jordan in collaboration with the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf. It was the first of its kind to deliver affordable hearing aids using an entrepreneurial distribution model. This project provided invaluable proof-of-concept of our capacity to reduce hearing aid fittings to under an hour, to provide hearing aids at an affordable price, and to train local women to become community hearing aid technicians (CHATs). 

China, 2006-2010 - Working with the China Rehabilitation Research Centre for Deaf Children (CRRCDC), four hundred children in poor areas were fitted with hearing aids. Children in the primary health group were fitted by primary school teachers trained as hearing health care workers. The project also led to government-supervised development of the profession of hearing aid dispensing technician. Economic studies conducted by a researcher from a Netherlands university concluded that "screening and delivery of hearing aids in China is least costly and most cost-effective in a primary care setting. Although crude estimates indicate that both passive and active screening programs can be cautiously considered as cost-effective according to international thresholds, important questions remain regarding the implementation of the latter."

Brazil, 2006-2010 - World Wide Hearing teamed up with the audiology department of the University of Sao Paulo for the purpose of developing a streamlined hearing aid delivery model as an alternative to the system currently employed by government clinics.

India, 2006-2010 - World Wide Hearing and the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India, worked together to try to solve the problem of how to identify people with hearing impairment in poor, rural areas using teachers and community healthcare workers who were trained in audiometric techniques. The pilot succeeded in fitting 760 hearing aids on local people who would otherwise have not been able to obtain one. The same comparative economic studies conducted in China were also conducted in India. They showed similar costs at primary/secondary level as at tertiary level. The World Wide Hearing approach of shifting hearing health care from hospitals and clinics to community-based provision was found to work successfully when compared to traditional models.

The Philippines, 2007-2010 - World Wide Hearing provided expertise to the organization Better Hearing Philippines, in order to help them secure funding (from Lions Club International) to implement a project in the Manila area. Along with distributing approximately four hundred hearing aids, the project included hearing-impairment training for community healthcare workers.