Widex Hearing Aids Donated To Under Privileged Children In India

Under privileged children in India are having their wishes made true by being given free hearing aids.

The Juvenile Organisation of Speech and Hearing has provided 250 hearing impaired children with Widex hearing aids such as widex clear, to assist the children develop their speech and skills.

Founded in 2004 by audiologist Devangi Dalal and her colleague Senior ENT Surgeon Dr. Jayant Gandhi, she said: “My dream is to help every Indian child with a hearing impairment grow into a strong and competent human being.”

JOSH helps to raise funds for hearing aids and education for children of less advantaged families.

Now more than 200 children from three special schools have been fitted with hearing aids offered by Widex.

The hearing aids make it possible for the children to develop at the same pace as their peers with normal hearing and would have been unaffordable for the families without the help.

Hearing impaired children face multiple challenges as many have not developed normal speech abilities.

Devangi Dalal added: “Most of the children have experienced ridicule from society due to their way of speaking. Therefore, we focus on preparing the children for public speaking once their hearing improves. We do small competitions to motivate them and it is amazing to see their confidence grow.”

Manasi Gokhale, 22, was born with a severe hearing loss. The youth explained: “When my mother discovered that I had a hearing loss she was very concerned about my future. Would I ever learn to talk? Would I be able to attend school? Would I have friends?

“With the help of hearing aids and schooling from JOSH, I have achieved my goals, and today I work as an assistant designer and lead a happy and very social life.”

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