Hearing screenings for 30’000 children
According to a study from the National Institute of Statistics and Information, in Peru 532’000 people are identified with hearing loss. Today, there is no official program to test peoples hearing and to prevent hearing loss. That’s why the World Wide Hearing Foundation (WWH) and the Hear the World Foundation are launching a hearing screening campaign – to work towards the prevention of hearing loss and to support early identification of school children with hearing loss.
Place & Year
Project PartnersWorld Wide Hearing Foundation
AwardsRichard Seewald Award
The Hear the World Foundation will provide financial support to the project through a three year grant and also through the provision of professional expertise. The project aim will be achieved through three major steps:
Hearing screening training
As a first step, WWH will train technicians and speech therapy students to conduct hearing screenings. Furthermore, teachers at selected schools will also be trained to identify potential warning signs of hearing loss amongst their students.
Conducting screenings – in Lima and across Peru
As a second step, the trained technicians and speech therapy students will train teachers from additional schools in Lima. All together they will screen roughly 30’000 students aged five to 18. To lower the cost of screenings, the project works with volunteers and teachers already employed by their partner schools.
Collecting data, advancing research
While conducting screenings in schools, data on the prevalence of hearing loss will be collected. This will not only help to advance research on hearing loss in Peru, but the data will be added to the Global Hearing Loss Database, and made accessible to the WHO, researchers and practitioners around the world as well. Another goal is to make screening training modules an integral part of the local University’s curriculum.
In the long run, it is the hope and goal of this program that the Ministry of Health and Education will carry on the screening program.
#HearPeru received the Hear the World Foundation's annual award named after Prof. Dr. Richard Seewald, who is well known for his tireless efforts in pediatric audiology over many decades. He is a distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario.