For many people, it is easy to disregard the noise that’s heard on a daily basis. There’s no surprise, noise is practically everywhere—from loud speakers to the cars honking at the streets. Even the bark of a dog is considered a nuisance for some.
Keeping this in mind, our sense of hearing apart from our sight usually takes the heaviest beating. It is without a doubt that many people suffer from hearing loss due to this uncontrollable noise. In fact, when we talk about pollution, it’s not just about the land, air and water but the noise as well.
According to the World Health Organization, over 5% of the world’s population suffer from hearing loss. It may seem like a small percentage, but that number actually equates to over 350 million people across the globe.
Luckily, modern technology has paved the way for innovations in support of those hard of hearing. Devices that improve hearing by making audible sounds to the deaf have penetrated the market while new medical procedures are being utilized to treat diseases that cause hearing loss. But so much work still has to be done, especially on the aspect of inclusion.
Here are a few international grants for non-profit organizations that support those with hearing loss.
1. Hear the World Foundation
Since 2006, Hear the World Foundation dedicated their work towards improving the quality of life and promoting equal opportunities for people with hearing disability across the world. Some of the grants they offer and support include those aligned with their focus areas: providing audiological care for children in low-income countries, training for clinic staff and teachers who deal with children with hearing loss and improving medical care to prevent hearing loss.
2. Mill Neck International Center
Non-profit organizations whose work is geared towards the deaf community can apply for project funding from Mill Neck International Center. The organization is committed to sponsor USD 10,000 as long as the project topics are related to deaf advocacy and awareness, women empowerment and youth leadership and capacity building.
3. Action on Hearing Loss
Addressing disabilities such as hearing loss often require proper research in-order to come up with innovative yet viable solutions. Action on Hearing Loss aims to further develop the treatment and prevention of hearing loss by funding research related to protecting and restoring hearing, improving the diagnosis of hearing loss and refining medical devices.
4. National Deaf Children’s Society Inclusion Grant
Every day, five babies are born deaf in the UK according to the National Deaf Children’s Society. Through their Inclusion Grant, NDCS aims to support childhood deafness and raise awareness for deaf children’s rights.