Awareness

Becoming a professional soccer player despite having profound hearing loss

Soccer

soccer and hearing loss
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Sonova’s newsroom features the story of a German boy who has relentlessly been pursuing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

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Becoming a professional soccer player despite profound hearing loss

Simon Ollert

From a young age Simon Ollert from southern Germany knew what his life dream would be: to become a professional in his favorite sport.

“My story shows just what you can achieve despite hearing loss. I have a great life and don’t feel restricted in the slightest,” says Simon. He is looking to the future with confidence, and adds “I have always set myself goals and always achieved them. If you really want something, you’ll get it.”

Sonova has produced a short film based on the young football player’s story. The film called “Life without Limitations” has received a gold award at the 2016 International Commercial Film Festival – the largest competition for commercial films from the German-speaking world.

Call for a greater focus on the causes of hearing loss

Prevention

The US education and advocacy group Quiet Communities recently posted a piece on how the area of prevention of hearing loss should be given more attention.

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Partnership between Vibes and Hear The World Foundation

Awareness

Remote areas have no easy access to healthcare
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Vibes Ear Plugs of Minnesota, USA and Swiss based charitable Hear the World Foundation (Sonova) have announced their charitable partnership to enable access to hearing healthcare for children in need.

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Promoting education on hearing impairment in Namibia

Awareness

Remote areas have no easy access to healthcare
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Two events were recently held in Namibia to round off the European Union co-sponsored advocacy project called “Empowerment through Education”, reports AllAfrica.

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Canada: creation of the Canadian Coalition for Adult Hearing Health

Awareness

Hearing aids can improve quality of life
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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) have announced the creation of a new coalition to promote use of the hearing healthcare system.

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The absence of hearing benefits in company wellness plans

Awareness

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Workforce magazine reports on a recent survey showing that hearing health is mostly absent from employee wellness programs, despite its known day-to-day impact and wider health implications including depression, dementia, and cardiovascular disease.

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Access to education for children with hearing loss in India

Education

Gyan Academy School in Vijayapura, Karnataka state, south-western India is helping to change the mind-set concerning education for physically challenged children.

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US Market: moves for less expensive hearing aids

AWARENESS

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The New York Times’s health column recently published a piece on why only 20% of Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids. The main obstacle: the price.

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WHO outlines ways of preventing and mitigating childhood hearing loss

Awareness

As part of World Hearing Day 2016, with the theme “Childhood hearing loss: act now, here’s how”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a report outlining the current situation, the causes and impact of hearing loss, and strategies for prevention and care.

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