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.
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Project PartnersARSOBO, Arizona Sonora Border Projects
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.