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A multifaceted audiology program

For more than six decades, the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, Texas has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with hearing loss. With the help of the Hear the World Foundation and in cooperation with Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, the center is now improving the audiological services available to deaf children in the region.

Place & Year

USA, 2014

Support

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.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
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 Center for Hearing and Speech is launching a comprehensive program at Lamar University, Beaumont, to provide deaf children with cochlea implants (CI) and intensive audiological care. The local audiologists involved will receive support from experienced experts at the Center for Hearing and Speech via videoconferencing.

Professional care and training for local partners

As well as helping to provide patient care, the videoconferencing module is also being used to provide training for audiology students at Lamar University. Since they typically have not had much contact with CI patients yet, training via videoconferencing on areas such as CI treatment and programming is particularly important. This is intended to help ensure a better local CI service in Beaumont in the long term. The Hear the World Foundation is providing financial support for the project.