With considerable shortcomings in both education and health care, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s poorest states. People here with impaired hearing have very little chance of receiving audiological care or education, or of integrating into society.

Place & Year

Oaxaca, Mexico, since 2014

Project Partners

Centro Oaxaqueño de Rehabilitación de Audición y Lenguaje, AC

Support

Funding

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.

The Centro Oaxaqueño de Rehabilitación de Audición y Lenguaje (CORAL) was founded in 1999 by two American ENT specialists and two Mexican social workers. The aid organization aims to provide people in the region with access to audiological care. Since 2014, the Hear the World Foundation has been supporting CORAL in providing audiological training for local project staff to help develop the service. CORAL provides free comprehensive audiological care to children and adults in Oaxaca affected by hearing problems. This includes hearing aid fittings, hearing and speech therapy, and self-help groups, as well as various other programs for preventing hearing loss.

Developing audiological care at local level

Initially, Hear the World supported CORAL in improving the audiological expertise of local partners. The participants in this training program came from eight different regions of the state and are members of the regional CORAL self-help groups; they have all already been working with children with hearing loss for a long time or have relatives affected by it.

Regional hearing screenings and speech therapy

Following this initial training stage, CORAL has now set itself the goal of testing the hearing of 7,500 babies and children ranging from newborns to six-year-olds from rural regions. To do this, CORAL employees will travel into the regions and conduct hearing screenings for children at schools, as well as for those who are not attending school.

As well as professionally fitted hearing aids, children with hearing loss also receive speech therapy to rehabilitate their hearing. Both the children affected and their parents take part in the speech therapy sessions, where the parents are taught various techniques for stimulating their child’s hearing and speech at home, enabling them to make quicker progress.