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WHO and CGHH Announce Innovative Small Grants Program.

Application Due February 14, 2019

As part of activities of the recently launched World Hearing Forum, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH) invite proposals for WHF-CGHH Small Grants for World Hearing Day 2019.

The World Hearing Day 2019 will be observed on 3 March with the theme “Check Your Hearing”. On this day, WHO will launch the ‘HearWHO App’, a software application to screen for hearing loss using Digits in Noise test methodology that has been widely utilized in other settings. Grant recipients will organize activities to promote healthy hearing that may include:

  • Offering people free hearing checks in the community, preferably with using the new HearWHO App
  • Raising awareness on hearing loss within the population at large
  • Informing policymakers about the importance and means for hearing loss prevention, identification, and management.

To promote and support such actions, WHO and CGHH have launched a small grants scheme. As part of this scheme, partners can apply for a grant of up to USD 750 to cover expenses related to World Hearing Day Activities. A maximum of 15 grants will be provided., based on the decision made by a selection panel.

For further information please follow link:

Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment Published Material

Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment run by the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with local partners have just published material in ENT and Audiology News (Nov/Dec issue).

The theme of this issue is public health aspects of hearing loss.
The courses are supported by CBM and other donors.

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University of Puerto Rico Audiology Program Requests After Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

University of Puerto Rico Audiology Program Requests After Hurricane Irma’s Destruction:

  • Stand-alone simulation software for individual computers
  • Stand-alone learning modules in CD or USB for individual computers
  • Battery operated equipment (e.g: otoscopes, audiometers, etc)
  • Case Studies Workbooks
  • Battery Back-ups and surge protectors to protect electronics during brown-outs and power surges
  • Volunteer guest lecturers willing to self-fund to be on-site in Puerto Rico
  • Audiology Programs within the contiguous U.S. willing to take in Puerto Rican students for Clinical Practice or Externships

Please contact:
Dr. Soami Santiago Snyder (
Dr. Wanda Lugo Velez (

Hearing Loss Resolution by World Health Assembly

I am most pleased to share that a resolution on hearing loss was discussed by the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva on 30th May. A large number of Member States and 2 NGOs, many of them speaking on behalf of multiple Member States spoke in support of the resolution which was unanimously approved and adopted by the Assembly

Proceedings and statements can be viewed online from 3:51.00 (time) onwards.

This resolution will provide new direction and impetus to our efforts in this field. I thank all of you for your support till now and look forward to our continued collaboration and synergistic efforts for the implementation of this resolution in coming years.

WHO press release:

Come help promote CGHH at the IFOS meeting in Paris

Come help promote CGHH at the IFOS meeting in Paris!

The Coalition for Global Hearing Health will be sharing exhibit space with WHO-PDH at the IFOS meeting in Paris France from June 25th  – June 28th .

If you are planning on attending this meeting, please consider volunteering to help staff this exhibit space, promote the CGHH and WHO Programs for Hearing Loss, and encourage others to join our cause.

If you or anyone you know at the meeting is interesting in helping out during this meeting, please email Jim Saunders at