timeline

our milestones
since 2006

Since 2006 the Hear the World Foundation is campaigning for equal opportunities and a better quality of life for people with hearing loss and gets involved in prevention. With the following timeline we proudly present the highlights of our work.

2017

First CI-donation

The Hear the World Foundation for the first time supports an aid project with the donation of cochlear implants. In February 2017, the first three children with profound hearing loss will get the gift of hearing and thus a fair chance of leading an independent life.

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2016

our achievements since 2006

The Foundation proudly looks back on 80 projects in 39 countries made possible with the donation of more than 8 million Swiss francs and with over 1000 employees of Sonova spending more than 10’000 hours volunteering for the Hear the World Foundation.

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Over 100 celebrity ambassadors

To date more than 100 celebrity ambassadors such as Bryan Adams, Cindy Crawford, Plácido Domingo, Annie Lennox and Sting support the cause of the Hear the World Foundation.

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World Hearing Day 2016

The Hear the World Foundation sheds light on the issue of hearing loss in children. An online campaign informs parents about the importance of protecting their children’s hearing.

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2015

workshop for teens with hearing loss

The Hear the World ambassador and famous ballet dancer Sergei Polunin leads a dance workshop for teenagers with hearing loss in Moscow.  

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Photo project for Teens with hearing loss

HEAR Malawi: teens with hearing loss in Malawi are provided with a camera to capture their favorite sounds.

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against hearing loss with concert promoter

The Hear the World Foundation starts a prevention campaign with a leading concert promoter in Switzerland and hands out free earplugs to all concert goers.

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2014

sensibilisation „super sense hearing“

The Hear the World Foundation informs about the importance of good hearing and the super sense hearing. A infographic summarizes the most important facts. 

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One hearing test for you, one for a child

The Hear the World Foundation and the Connect Hearing Group launch “4EARS” – a global campaign for disadvantaged children with hearing loss.

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2013

Hear the World Song

The Hear the World Foundation has its very own anthem: the Hear the World song. It is available on iTunes. All proceeds benefit people with hearing loss.

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Launch employee volunteering program

Sonova employees worldwide start to support the Hear the World Foundation through their professional expertise, by volunteering on projects as well as by raising funds.

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information campaign Hearing loss in babies

The Hear the World Foundation launches an information campaign about the impact of hearing and hearing loss on the development of young children.

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2012

Der Graf on tour for good hearing

German musician and Hear the World ambassador DER GRAF promotes hearing health on his tour by calling on to his fans to protect their hearing.

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Guinness World Records

The Hear the World Foundation is recognized for staging the world’s largest photographic awareness campaign by Guinness World Records.

2011

photo exhibition "CHANCES"

The photo exhibition "CHANCES" in support of the Hear the World Foundation takes place in Hamburg, Germany. The photographer Philipp Rathmer took fascinating pictures showing children with hearing loss and pictures showing the foundation's work as well as the life of the people from Nairobi.

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2010

Campaign: vuvuzela - a risk for the hearing 

During the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Hear the World Foundation warns fans about the risk of a hearing damage due to vuvuzelas and other fan instruments.

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EUR 50’000 for children with hearing loss

The first charity gala to aid the Hear the World Foundation takes place in Berlin, Germany. In total, EUR 50’000 are donated for children with hearing loss.

Launch global project “52 Children”

The Hear the World Foundation launches the first global project aiming at giving the gift of hearing to 52 children from all over the world every year.

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annual Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology

The Hear the World Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launch the Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology. Each year one student is awarded the 12 month fellowship.

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2009

CHF 120’000 for children in Jordan

The Hear the World Foundation joins forces with its majesty queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and donates hearing aids valued at CHF 120’000 to children with hearing loss in Jordan.

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2008

First Hear the World calendar

The first edition of the Hear the World calendar was published featuring 12 photographs of Hear the World celebrity ambassadors captured by Bryan Adams. All the proceeds of the since then yearly launched calendar benefit people with hearing loss.

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Photo exhibition in New York

A photography exhibit by Bryan Adams featuring portraits of Hear the World’s celebrity ambassadors was launched in New York city. Exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich and London followed.

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2007

launch of magazine for hearing culture

Soon after the launch of the magazine for hearing culture, the publication was awarded with the European Excellence Award 2007 as well as with Best of Corporate Publishing Award 2007.

Richard Seewald Award

The Hear the World Foundation creates the Richard Seewald Award named after the internationally respected Pediatric Audiologist to honor outstanding engagements of project partners.

2006

First celebrity ambassador

Plácido Domingo becomes the first Hear the World ambassador for conscious hearing. His portrait by Bryan Adams marks the beginning of a global campaign to raise awareness for the importance of good hearing.

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Establishment

The Hear the World Foundation was established on December 4.

The Mission