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the gift of hearing for 52 children

With its "52 Children" project, the Hear the World Foundation gives the gift of hearing to 52 disadvantaged children across the world every year. These children receive free hearing aids and are provided with professional audiological care by local partners.

Place & Year

Worldwide since 2010

Project Partners

Own project, different partners


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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.

32 million children across the world are affected by moderate to profound hearing loss, and most of them do not have any access to audiological care. In low- to middle-income countries in particular, parents of children affected by hearing loss often do not have the financial means to help their children. The consequences are serious, as poor hearing means that these children have difficulties learning to speak and cannot develop at the appropriate rate for their age. Hearing aids allow children to learn to speak and attend school, and offer them the opportunity to lead an independent life. The children do not just receive hearing aids, but also long-term professional care by a local representative or partner.

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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.
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