Although children with hearing loss in the Sarajevo region are integrated into normal schools, they often struggle to follow lessons because of their hearing loss. The Hear the World Foundation is donating the hearing technology needed to solve the issue.

Place & Year

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2017-2018

Support

Technology Funding 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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small country with a mere 3.5 million inhabitants, which borders Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia lacks any functioning system for providing audiological care for pupils in mainstream schools who are affected by hearing loss. Although children with untreated hearing loss in the Sarajevo region are integrated into normal schools, they often struggle to follow lessons because of their hearing difficulties. The state is obliged to help these children, yet no solutions for this problem are offered to them at school. The Hear the World Foundation wants to remedy this relief in this respect and is donating the hearing technology needed.

Wireless microphone systems for a better integration

Joining forces with the Association for Support of Children with Hearing and Speech Impairment (EHO), a local organization which helps children with hearing loss, the foundation is launching a pilot project. The aim is to give nine children with cochlear implants in the Sarajevo region the gift of better hearing thanks to donated FM systems, thus enabling them to integrate more effectively. The wireless microphone systems not only benefit the children themselves, but their teachers, speech therapists, and families too.

Aim: Rolling out the pilot project on a national scale

The organization is also pursuing the goal of improving the legal framework for children with hearing loss, doing its utmost to uphold the rights of children with hearing loss and helping them to integrate better. With the pilot project, EHO wants to show the authorities how this equipment can help children integrate and follow lessons more easily. The idea is to roll out the project further and, with the support from the authorities, to allow more children to enjoy better hearing in lessons with the help of wireless microphone systems.