The Hear the World Foundation is pleased to award the prestigious Richard Seewald Award to its partner project Fundación Pro Integración in Panama.

The Hear the World Foundation's prize is named after Professor Dr. Richard Seewald, who is well known for his tireless efforts in pediatric audiology over many decades. He spearheaded the development of an internationally recognized DSL method for fitting hearing systems to children. Prior to his retirement, Seewald held the Canada Research Chair in Childhood Hearing at that country's National Centre for Audiology, which he co-founded. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario.

Fundación Pro Integración-FUNPROI is a non-government, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of people with hearing and mobility disabilities in the Republic of Panama, with special attention to assist individuals with scarce resources and extreme levels of poverty. It is the only organization that has continuously provided sustainable help to the Panamanian population with hearing impairment. The 2014 Hear the World Foundation Seewald Award is given to FUNPROI in recognition of their exceptional vision and passion to bring state of the art hearing health care services to children and families in need in the Republic of Panama.

The Award was presented by Professor Richard Seewald and Hear the World Board Member Sarah Kreienbuehl to Carlos Alberto Méndez Palacio in a festive ceremony. The ceremony was attended by families and their children who have just been fitted with new hearing aids thanks to the Hear the World Foundation’s support. 

The annual Richard Seewald Award is presented to an institution dedicated to the detection audiological care of children and babies with hearing loss. The award aims to promote measures for improvement, for example in the areas of diagnosis and the fitting of hearing aids.