Sounds Good Blog
Check your hearing03. March 2019
On March 3, for World Hearing Day 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) draws attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss with the theme “Check your hearing!”. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.
A father’s story19. February 2019
Full of hope, Ha and Hang are waiting for a special moment: on February 27th, 2019, their son Hung, who is almost three years old, will once again hear his parents’ voices clearly. That is the moment when the boy’s cochlear implant, which he received through the #HearVietnam program on January 21st in Hanoi, will be activated.
Malawi: Speech-language services15. October 2018
Lisa Bacic from Phonak volunteered at our project in Malawi. As a speech-language pathologist she knows that adapting communication resources is very important for a successful therapy. Because not every child in the world knows who wears a red suit and says “Ho, Ho, Ho”.
Auditory-verbal therapy27. September 2018
In 2017, Hear the World donated cochlear implants (CI) for the first time, to three children in need in Panama. This spring, four more children with a profound hearing loss received the gift of hearing thanks to CI. But what happens before and after the activation?
Gregor Meyle: Deeply impressed03. September 2018
German singer-songwriter Gregor Meyle has been a Hear the World ambassador since July 2018. During his visit to a project in South Africa in July, he met children with hearing loss at the Carel du Toit Centre and sang with them as part of a musical speech therapy session. This likeable full-blooded musician talks about his experiences and impressions that he had during his stay in South Africa.
Isaiah: A successful young author12. July 2018
Isaiah lost his hearing due to meningitis when he was 21 months old. Thanks to a cochlear implant and a hearing aid he was able to hear again and live a life like any other boy – most of the time. This spring, at the age of 11, he decided to write a book and to donate all the profits to the Hear the World Foundation.
Lebanon: An inspiring experience14. June 2018
Sanah Kayani: We set off from cloudy London Heathrow to the Paris of the middle east, Beirut in Lebanon. I cannot begin to explain what an amazing journey it was! It took 7 hours of flying to finally get to Beirut, where the sun was beaming and the sea was as blue as the sky. We were soon introduced to the follow-up phase of the Hear the World team.
Jackie Oduor: a mother from Kenya12. February 2018
We were blessed with our first child in 2006. I had a normal pregnancy and birth. It was only at two years, we noticed that she wasn’t developing much speech. I compared her with other children of the same age and was asking around but people reassured me that there was nothing to worry. So I enrolled her to a playgroup. Two weeks later her teacher told me that they think she did not hear.
Parents are the best therapy18. October 2017
When little Alejandro first heard his mother’s voice, it was a milestone in the life of the four-year-old: he could hear. The boy from Panama had profound hearing loss. In spring 2017 he received a cochlear implant from Hear the World. What hearing children learn naturally in their first years of life, Alejandro has to learn in language training. Now a study has shown that the most important language therapy is sensitive parents.