#hearnicaragua

together to ensure good hearing

This project is a prime example of successful cooperation between a local non-profit organization, a university, and an international foundation. Specialists from Nova Southeastern University in the USA, the Nicaragua-based NPO Los Pipitos, and the Hear the World Foundation are working together with the aim of improving the hearing of 125 children by 2019.

Place & Year

Managua and Chinandega, Nicaragua, 2015, 2016

Support

Technology Funding

Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

The local non-profit organization Los Pipitos looks after people with disabilities and organizes regular hearing screenings. Up to now, however, they have never had the means to provide and fit hearing aids for children affected by hearing loss or to guarantee follow-up care. So this is where the Hear the World Foundation comes in, with a donation of 250 hearing aids, batteries and audiological equipment.

The children’s audiological treatment is provided by students and professors from the Department of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, who travel to Nicaragua once a year. Local Los Pipitos staff then take over again to provide the follow-up care.

Involving the families – an essential part of the project

What makes this project particularly sustainable is that Los Pipitos’ employees are given training and help to ensure that they can provide follow-up care and make any necessary repairs to hearing aids on site. Thanks to state-of-the-art tele-audiology solutions, they can rely on continuous support from the team at Nova Southeastern University. The parents of the affected children are involved too: they are taught how to handle and apply the hearing aids correctly, when to take them out, and why hearing is so important for speech development.