34 million children across the world have moderate to profound hearing loss – prevention could stop 60 percent of all hearing loss. 80 percent of children with moderate to profound hearing loss live in low-to-middle-income countries and often have no access to audiological care. The consequences, especially for children with untreated hearing loss, are serious. Not hearing means that they live in isolation, cannot learn to speak and have problems at school. Moreover, their job opportunities are severely limited.
Social Responsibility – A serious Concern at the Sonova Group
Against this background Sonova founded the non-profit Hear the World Foundation in 2006. The Foundation’s aim is to create a world in which each person has the chance of good hearing. As a leading hearing system provider, Sonova sees its corporate responsibility as the provision of support to needy people and particularly children with hearing loss and its involvement in prevention of hearing loss.
The Hear the World vision is a world in which
each person has the chance of good hearing
hearing is cherished and protected
wearing a hearing aid is no taboo
and people with reduced hearing experience equal opportunities
Alongside a long-term information campaign, which is directed at the general public as well as experts and opinion makers in the health care sector, the foundation work is the main element of the commitment. The Hear the World Foundation advocates equal opportunities and increased quality of life for people with hearing loss globally. To this end, the Foundation involves itself with financial resources and the provision of hearing aids. Alongside the financial and technological project support, employees of the Sonova Group form the third pillar of the foundation’s work with their voluntary involvement and expertise. The foundation focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, enabling them to develop to their fullest potential. They thus have a better chance to live a life without limitations.