media release

Bangkok: hearing aids to children

Staefa, Switzerland, November 12, 2012

Donation of 50 hearing instruments formally presented by Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter

On Saturday, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter formally presented a donation from the Swiss Hear the World Foundation – 50 Phonak hearing instruments worth over CHF 100,000 – during his visit to the Klong Toey slum in Bangkok. The hearing instruments will benefit children and young people in Klong Toey who suffer from hearing loss. This support will give them the opportunity to develop at an appropriate rate for their age.

Established in 2006, the Hear the World Foundation campaigns for a world where everyone has a chance to experience good hearing. It focuses particularly on supporting children with hearing loss, allowing them to develop at an age-appropriate rate. Against this background, the foundation is now supporting children with hearing loss living in Bangkok’s Klong Toey slum, providing them with new, high-quality Phonak hearing instruments. VARTA Microbattery, a supplier of hearing instrument batteries and a Hear the World Foundation partner, is also providing the children with a year’s supply of batteries for their hearing instruments. The donation was formally handed over on Saturday by Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter during his visit to the area. The children will have their new hearing instruments fitted free of charge by Phonak’s local partner in Bangkok over the coming weeks.

Campaigning worldwide for better hearing

In developing countries, children with hearing loss are rarely able to access medical and audiological care. If left untreated, hearing loss can have serious consequences: without a good sense of hearing, children find it hard to learn to speak, denying them the chance of a school education and the opportunity to develop at an appropriate rate for their age. For this reason, the Hear the World Foundation focuses on providing audiological care for children in need as a result of hearing loss. The foundation also campaigns on issues such as prevention and education, science and research, and providing training for hearing care professionals and for parental self-help groups. Sustainability and helping others to help themselves are key selection criteria for all the projects the foundation supports.

Since 2006, the Hear the World Foundation has supported over 45 projects on five continents and has already given hundreds of people with hearing loss the chance to enjoy a better quality of life.