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Building capacity to help children with hearing loss

In Ecuador there are round 72,000 children under five with hearing loss, many with an untreated hearing loss. To fill this gap, the GFCHL and the Hear the World Foundation train audiological staff.

Place & Year

Ecuador, 2016-2018



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.

In Ecuador there are round 72,000 children under five with hearing loss. To learn to speak and to develop according to their age, it is important that these children receive appropriate support during the critical window of language development. The Ministry of Public Health recognized the need to act and has implemented a national hearing health program. But there is still the a lack of expertise in pediatric audiology for children with hearing loss . To fill this gap, the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss (GFCHL) and the Hear the World Foundation systematically train audiological staff.

Training of professionals in pediatric audiology

The non-profit organization aims to strengthen the Ecuadorian pediatric hearing health program in order to make a lasting impact on children with a severe hearing loss. In January 2017, with support from the Hear the World Foundation, the GFCHL therefore launches a training curriculum for Ecuadorian medical professionals, audiology technicians, teachers, and therapists. They will be trained in hearing screening, hearing technology, pediatric audiology, early intervention and auditory-verbal practice for children with hearing loss from birth to six years of age.

Awareness through workshops and information

In addition to the training, GFCHL will also inform families on how they can help their children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language skills. They will offer family workshops and disseminate information.