In addition to not being able to afford hearing aids, hearing impairment is more common in those who are not well off. http://www.hear-it.org/Hearing-loss-more-widespread-among-those-less-well-off
Thank you Tjidde Luhrs for starting to collect used hearing aids for distribution to those in developing countries. Lots more to do, but building an inventory now! Action is good!
Feb 28, 2013 – Excited about a call I had this morning with Howard Weinstein of Solar Ear! They’ve created a low cost hearing aid, and long lasting battery they are providing to children in developing countries. We are discussing collaboration and potential partnership. You can read more about their program here (english language available) …
Feb 9, 2013 – WHO Report: “Less than 1% of hearing impaired individuals use hearing aids in developing countries, while in developed countries the rate ranges from 10% to 40%.”
Feb 8, 2012 – Shortage of trained audiologists in India. is a good enough test possible with an app? A possibility Help Them Hear intends to investigate http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-31/chennai/36657715_1_audiologists-impairment-shortage
Jan 2, 2013 If a $100 mobile phone is possible, then Help Them Hear should be able to manufacture a $100 hearing aid (or less) and make hearing aids accessible to the poor. http://www.uv10.com/mobile-internet-usage-takes-off-in-brazil-_801514866/
Dec 28, 2012 – A sobering statistic, and an opportunity: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that hearing impairment is the most common sensory deficit in human populations, affecting more than 250 million people in the world.
Availability of power is one of the issues preventing hearing aid use in remote areas. Interesting solution: Solar Ear – The Hearing Aid Power for the World? http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearinginternational/2012/solar-ear-the-hearing-aid-power-for-the-world/
Nov 8, 2012 – “Help Them Hear” update. Call with fantastic volunteers Ching Chiao and Frank Michlick. Logo/website development initiated. The search for manufacturing partners begins. Help Them Hear will provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them. Like us!
New York Times: The Hunt for the Affordable Hearing Aid. Help Them Hear will go directly to the manufacturing plants. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/the-hunt-for-an-affordable-hearing-aid/