Professionalizing audiological care
The Centro Oaxaqueño de Rehabilitación de Audición y Lenguaje (CORAL) was founded in 1999 by two ENT specialists from the US and two social workers from Mexico. The aim of this aid organization is to ensure that people in the region have access to audiological care. The Hear the World Foundation is now helping CORAL to provide advanced audiological training for local partners in order to optimize the offered services.
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Project PartnersCentro Oaxaqueño de Rehabilitación de Audición y Lenguaje, AC
Oaxaca is one of the poorest of Mexico’s federal states, with substantial shortfalls in both its education and healthcare systems. People here with a hearing impairment have very little chance of obtaining audiological care, receiving an education, and integrating into society. That is why CORAL provides comprehensive support for children and adults affected by hearing loss. This includes fitting hearing aids, running prevention schemes, offering hearing and speech therapy, and organizing self-help groups. To enable hearing care services in rural regions to operate on a more professional basis, a further 18 experts are to undergo audiological training over the next two years.
Expanding the range of local audiological services
The advanced training is designed to give local partners more in-depth knowledge of audiology. They are trained to carry out hearing examinations and screenings, for example, and learn how to make earpieces and fit hearing aids. The participants in the advanced training program come from eight different parts of the state and are members of regional CORAL self-help groups. All of them have either already been working with children with hearing loss for a while or have relatives affected by this issue.