The World Health Organization estimates that 278 million people have disabling hearing loss and an additional 340 million have mild or moderate loss. However, only seven million hearing aids are sold each year and only one million of them are in the developing world.
ACCESS Health has identified Sound World Solutions, Inc. as a source for high quality, cost effective hearing aids. Sound World Solutions has developed a technology platform that is unique: a Bluetooth enabled hearing device that is on par with advanced digital hearing aids. These hearing aids do not require a trained audiologist for use. They can be programmed by a technician trained in a day. They can be programmed and customized in a few minutes on a computer, smart phone, or tablet, avoiding expensive equipment and waiting times. They are a low cost high quality opportunity to offer access to hearing aids to many for the first time. ACCESS Health is helping to introduce these hearing aids in several countries, starting in Morocco, where we are part of the Ministry of Health technical committee for hearing.