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A global project from MED-EL will provide access to new ear and hearing care services for almost 100,000 people living with undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss in developing and emerging countries around the world.

Working with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, global hearing implants manufacturer MED-EL has brought together more than 120 organisations and experts in the field of education, global health and hearing care to form the Hearing Healthcare Alliance.

The Hearing Healthcare Alliance will implement a five-year program, part-funded by the ADA and managed by MED-EL, to:

  • Create new hearing care infrastructures and services
  • Improve the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people with hearing loss
  • Introduce new qualifications for hearing and healthcare professionals and 
  • Raise awareness of hearing loss.

With a focus on enhancing hearing care in East and West Africa, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, the Alliance will equip local providers with the skills and equipment needed to ensure that 51,000 babies and children receive vital (new-born) hearing screening. Over 650 healthcare professionals will also be able to access hearing care workshops or undertake new undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in hearing sciences and audiology and speech language pathology, so that people with hearing loss can receive continued care for years to come.





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