The Hear the World Foundation is official partner of the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program. In the context of this partnership, the Hear the World Foundation also supported the Special Olympics Düsseldorf, Germany 2014 und die Special Olympics National Summer Games Bern, Switzerland 2014.

The Special Olympics are the world’s largest sporting movement for people with mental and multiple disabilities to be officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Worldwide almost a quarter of the participating athletes at Special Olympics are affected by hearing loss. Many of them do not wear a hearing instrument, because they cannot afford one and they do not have access to the necessary medical and audiological care in their home countries. The Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program tackles this problem head on by offering the athletes comprehensive hearing screenings. This service is offered as part of the larger, multidisciplinary Healthy Athletes program, aimed at ensuring access to quality health services for all participating athletes.

United we are strong

The Special Olympics National Summer Games 2014 took place from 19th to 23rd May in Düsseldorf. The 4800 participating athletes competed in 18 sports and brought emotion and excitement to the city. 

A special highlight was the participation of Hear the World ambassador Mimi Müller-Westernhagen. She supported the experts during the hearing screenings and gave an unplugged-concert. “I am proud to be here and to support Hear the World with the Healthy Hearing program. It is very rewarding to see how much quality of life we can give to the participants if we detect a hearing loss and can offer them hearing aids for free that help restore their hearing”, says Mimi about her commitment.

The most emotional sporting event of Switzerland

The National Games of Special Olympics Switzerland are the largest event of its kind in the country and the perfect platform for athletes, families, coaches, caregivers, volunteers and other interested people. From 29th May to 1st June 1500 athletes demonstrated their sporting performance in large arenas and celebrated their success.

HEALTHY HEARING RESULTS AT A GLANCE

Germany
520 athletes underwent a hearing screening 
39 athletes were diagnosed with a treatable hearing loss 

Switzerland 
420 athletes underwent a hearing screening 
30 athletes were diagnosed with a treatable hearing loss

The Hear the World Foundation donates high-quality Phonak hearing instruments to all athletes with a treatable hearing loss and is organizes follow-up care.