Hearing For Children
“I’m just as deaf as I am blind. The problems
of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those
of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune for it means the loss
of the most vital stimulus— the sounds of voice that bring language,
set thoughts astir and keep us in the intellectual company of man.”
Hearing For Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable
organization dedicated to helping the deaf of the world, with a special
emphasis on deaf children. Our previous work involved offering cochlear
implants at low or not cost to those in need around the world. (See
the “stories” page.)
But two things have caused us to change our approach, even while we have
rededicated ourselves to assisting the deaf:
- First, our founder, Dr. William F. House (“Dr. Bill” to his
patients; see his story here),
recently passed away (December 7th, 2012; his New York Times
obituary is found
here), bringing into focus his astonishing legacy of
service to mankind, empathy for the suffering of others, and the broad
and continuing impact of new techniques and inventions to address the
problems of deafness.
- And second, there has been a dramatic increase in the price we must pay
for cochlear implants, which has diminished the impact we were previously
able to have.
As a result, we have decided to transition to a focus on
achieving the dreams of Dr. Bill— the goals he talked about in his
final days and weeks— and beyond. In 2013, we have two of his dreams
or goals in mind, particularly:
- First, Dr. Bill was passionate about the development of a
implant that would serve the world. Hearing for Children has a targeted
strategy for encouraging the development of these cochlear implants.
Simply stated, we aim to provide a growing body of evidence that single
electrode, analog stimulus cochlear implants can provide full access to
human speech, “the most vital stimulus”. (You can read more
about why it is so important and so reasonable to make this
- And second, Hearing for Children is working on increasing medical acceptance of
a very simple screening tool which can help identify deaf and hard-of-hearing
(Without identification, there can be no treatment.)
Please see this page for more information about
the Sleeping Baby Home Hearing Screen (SBHHS).
Please help us. We have practical, low-cost strategies for achieving these goals, and
either has considerable potential for helping the deaf and hard-of-hearing worldwide.
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