In Mongolia there is no universal hearing screening for infants. Many children's hearing loss is detected very late which can affect their development. Hear the World supports the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss with funds, hearing technology and expertise to build capacity in comprehensive pediatric audiology services and to close the gap.

Place & Year

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2017 - 2019

Support

Technology Funding Knowledge

Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

In Mongolia, there is no universal hearing screening for infants. The consequences for children with hearing loss can be severe. If a child's hearing loss is detected late, it can permanently affect its development, as the critical years of language development are from birth to five.

Need for development recognized

The Mongolian medical community recognizes that there is a need to act and request The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss (GFCHL) to developed a hearing health education program to address these critical needs.

The GFCHL aims to make an impact on deaf or hard of hearing children around the world by providing them access to the early identification, hearing technology, locally-based trained professionals, and resources they need to learn to listen and talk and achieve their full potential in their hearing communities.

A partnership to build capacity

In Mongolia, with the support by the Hear the World Foundation, GFCHL planned to implement hearing screening programs and build capacity among professionals to support babies and children identified with hearing loss. Only if young infants have access to hearing technology and support of locally-based trained professionals, they can learn to listen and to talk.

So the first milestones towards the common goal have been reached in September 2017 - with the first audiology training workshop, attended by round 50 Mongolian medical professionals from Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding provinces and a first auditory-verbal therapy training workshop with 15 Mongolian therapists. The idea is that the participants become mentors for their Mongolian peers, so their knowledge will be shared and multiplied.

Empowerment of the parents

But the support doesn't stop with training professionals. Also the parents play an active role on their child's way to better hearing. So the GFCHL hosts a first parent program to provide parents of children with hearing loss with information and guidance to support their children.

Ambitious aims for Ulaanbaatar and the provinces

The aim of the project is to yearly screen 35'000-40'000 newborn babies and children under five at the hospitals in Ulaanbaatar and provide further treatment. And in the future, the aim is to scale out the service to provinces and provide screening devices to maternal and regional hospitals outside Ulaanbaatar so that pediatric audiological care becomes also accessible to people living in the country side.