Disabling hearing loss (greater than 30 db) can reduce a child's ability to complete even primary education and can significantly impair language acquisition, literacy, cognition, and social skills. Because all children develop in these areas in the first years of life, time is of essence to identify hearing loss and mitigate its effects.
Our programs are designed to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing living in low resource areas access the early identification, hearing technology, and local support they need to reach their potential. We customize our programs to meet the needs of those we support. Our core focus areas are:
TRAINING: We provide on-location training, video analysis, and mentorship for audiology technicians, teachers, therapists, medical professionals, and families that work with or have children with hearing loss in developing countries. The training is taught by Global Foundation international experts in audiology, speech language pathology, early intervention, and auditory-verbal practice.
HEARING AID DISTRIBUTION: Our Hearing Aid program delivers quality hearing devices to children in need in conjunction with our training programs. Children who receive hearing aids from us are supported ongoing by the local professionals we train.
OUTREACH/PUBLICITY: The Global Foundation works to educate communities in low-resource areas about the implications of hearing loss in infants and children and how to address.
CONSULTATIONS: Consultation and project management is offered to government entities, hospitals, academic institutions and other organizations in developing countries that wish to establish hearing health care and educational programs to meet the needs of infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
RESEARCH: The Foundation supports universities and research organizations to collect data about hearing loss in developing countries that can be used to advance practices in audiology, early intervention, and auditory-verbal practice globally.
This 4 minute video provides an overview of our vision.
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DID YOU KNOW?
A CHILD'S BRAIN IS PROGRAMMED TO LEARN FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS IN THE FIRST 6 YEARS OF LIFE.