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.
The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss partners with government entities and local organizations to identify and address gaps in the system of support for children with hearing loss and their families. We develop comprehensive hearing health and early education programs that are designed to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing living in low and middle income countries 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:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING: We provide in-country mentorship and training for medical professionals, teachers, therapists, and families that work with or have children with hearing loss in developing countries. The Global Foundation curriculum is taught by international experts in pediatric audiology, speech language pathology, auditory-verbal practice, and early intervention.
CONSULTATION: 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.
OUTREACH/PUBLICITY: The Global Foundation works to educate communities and raise awareness about pediatric hearing loss and how it can be addressed in infants and children.
TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES: The Global Foundation provides equipment, resources, and tools to help professionals in our programs to carry out their work. We also provide quality hearing aids to children in need who are supported ongoing by the local professionals we train.
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.
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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.