#hearfiji

Quicker support for hearing loss

The Australian non-profit organization Carabez Alliance took a pioneering step when it set up the first audiological clinic in the island nation of Fiji. Since 2005, the Bayly Clinic in the Fijian capital Suva has been fitting hearing aids for children with hearing loss. However, since there is still no local organization that can manufacture earmolds, children still have to wait far too long to get the hearing aids they need.

Place & Year

Fiji, Australia, 2015

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.

A child who has been diagnosed with hearing loss should be provided with hearing aids as quickly as possible. After all, good hearing is essential for children to learn how to speak and develop at an appropriate rate for their age. In Fiji, the process of obtaining the right hearing aid still often takes a very long time, because so far it has not been possible for the earmolds needed for fitting these devices to be manufactured locally. The earmolds therefore have to be made in Australia, which means that a lot of precious time is often lost between diagnosing hearing loss and fitting the required hearing aids.

Faster care provided by local experts

Thanks to a new laboratory that has been set up and training provided for two local earmold technicians, the islanders now have the facilities to produce earmolds and fit hearing aids in Fiji itself. The Hear the World Foundation is supporting this project financially to ensure that children with hearing loss receive the care they need more quickly.