Solar-power for hearing aids

Many people from developing countries cannot afford the costs of a hearing aid and the maintenance it requires. Hearing aid batteries are often too expensive or not available. To help underprivileged people in Mexico who have a hearing impairment, the aid organization ARSOBO is planning to provide state-of-the-art hearing aids and solar-powered battery charging devices.

Place & Year

Mexico, 2014


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.
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.

Due to a lack of audiological treatment and the high costs of hearing aids, many people with hearing impairments in northern Mexico receive inadequate care or no care at all. Those who have hearing aids can rarely enjoy the full benefits of them, as batteries and repairs are often prohibitively expensive. With financial support from the Hear the World Foundation, ARSOBO aims to provide these people with high-quality hearing aids. In addition, it intends to save them the cost of buying expensive hearing aid batteries by supplying innovative, solar-power battery charging devices.

Training local partners

To ensure that hearing aids are fitted safely and properly, selected local partners – who themselves are affected by hearing loss – are undergoing special training. As well as being trained in fitting hearing aids, they are learning skills such as how to make earpieces.