the gift of hearing to children worldwide

With the "52 Children" project the Hear the World Foundation provides 52 disadvantaged children per year from around the world with the gift of better hearing. These children will not only receive hearing aids, but also professional aftercare will be provided by a local representative. 7-year old Joseph from Mambajao in the Philippines was recently fitted with brand new Phonak hearing aids – also thanks to the help of a former Sonova employee from Staefa.

Place & Year

Worldwide since 2010

Project Partners

Own project, different partners


Technology Knowledge

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.

About 660.000 children worldwide are born each year with hearing loss (UNICEF 2004). Children in developing countries often do not have access to medical and audiological care, and unfortunately, the consequences of untreated hearing loss are serious: Children with hearing problems have difficulty learning to speak and tend to develop more slowly than appropriate for their age group. Hearing aids allow these children not only to communicate and better integrate into society, but also to keep up with their classes in order to realize their full learning potential.

Sorin, a lively boy who lives in a children’s home in Chisinau, Moldova, has suffered from hearing loss in his right ear since early childhood. In collaboration with the Swiss foundation Swisscor, Hear the World provided Sorin – now 14 years old – with hearing aids when he was at a holiday camp in Switzerland. The physician responsible for his treatment, Françoise von Tscharner, reported that Sorin’s development had improved significantly: “Sorin is making very good progress. He is now really eager to learn!”

Françoise von Tscharner, Physician

Hearing for the first time

The 7 year old Joseph from Mambajao on the Philippine Island Camiguin was diagnosed with a hearing loss back in 2013. However his parents didn’t have the financial means to pay for the required hearing aids. Luckily Pretchie, a family friend and former Sonova employee knew about the 52 children project from Hear the World and helped Joseph’s family to draft the application. Joseph was fitted with hearing aids in December 2014 and is making great progress.


Through the 52 Children Project the Hear the World Foundation provides hearing aids to children with hearing loss. The foundation does currently not provide Cochlear Implants through this project. Hear the World accepts applications for the 52 Children Project throughout the year provided that they meet the following criteria:

  • The child must come from a low-income family that is not able to provide a suitable hearing instrument for the child without support from the Hear the World Foundation. The family’s financial details must be provided in the application when it is submitted (e.g. a recommendation from an aid organization or school may be provided).
  • The child is younger than 16 years old.
  • There is a Phonak representative or partner in the child’s home country. This is essential for Hear the World to be able to ensure that support and follow-up care can be provided by qualified professionals.
  • The parents and, where appropriate, the child agree that their names and pictures may be included in Hear the World Foundation communication material.
Apply for the "52 Children" project