The Hearing Express Project, aims to achieve the following objectives:
1) To provide 12,000 hearing aids to 4,000 individuals who are in need of mono-lateral fitting (1/3) and 4,000 individuals who are in need of bi-lateral fitting (2/3).
2) To enable children who are hard-of-hearing to enroll in mainstream education and improve the potential for future employability, and to facilitate inclusion, employment and full participation in society by elderly persons who are hard-of-hearing.
3) To dramatically boost the hope of living a functional life for children and adults who are hard-of-hearing, thereby enabling them to better contribute to the wealth of the nation.
The different entities involved:
The Project Carrier
Government of Jordan
Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD)
WWH – “World Wide Hearing” Care for Developing Countries and Deserving Communities- Jordan
Community Hearing Aid Program” (CHAP)
Applies the Hearing ExpressTM model of rapid, high-volume, community-based, affordable delivery and fitting system of hearing aids, using innovative and modern digital technologies. Among these are self-programmable (intelligent) hearing aids, 3D printed ear molds and “green” battery power supply.
World Wide Hearing (WWH) is an offshoot of the World Health Organization (WHO), with a mandate to prevent hearing impairment, deafness, and the burden of hearing loss.
Andrew De Carpentier is the point person for the Hearing ExpressTM Project.
3dp4me will manage the 3D printing lab in Jordan.
3dp4me intends to raise the funds for the lab, staff, materials, and training. The purpose is to establish and cultivate a reproducible, non-profit, business model leveraging 3D printing and 3D scanning technology.
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