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Better Hearing Health Mexico
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Ended Oct 28, 2015
Brendon (on the right) turned 5 on September 11th. He lives with his family in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico. Brendon has a severe-profound hearing loss. He and his family are just one of the many families who benefit from this very important project! More ...

Hearing impairment is one of the most common sensory deprivations in humans, severely impacting the physical and psychosocial well-being of over 300 million people worldwide. More than three-quarters of those with hearing loss live in developing countries where they lack financial resources and access to hearing health and rehabilitative services.

Consequences of impaired hearing can result in inability to interpret speech correctly often resulting in communication difficulties, delayed language acquisition, social isolation, educational and financial disadvantage, and stigmatization. It may be compounded by sexual violence, or physical abuse as well as other medical conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, and hypothyroidism. Education and increased awareness are critical to improving hearing health for individuals, families, and communities.

Recently formed, Canadian-based, non-profit organization, Integral Hearing Health and Wellness (IHHW) aims to improve the quality of hearing health and wellness for individuals, youth, and families in the Jaltemba Bay area. Under the direction of acting Executive Director, Dr Deborah Scott, IHHW conducts volunteer-run projects in Jaltemba Bay from mid-November through to mid-March. Jaltemba Bay lies approximately 1 hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico and consists of three villages Los Ayala, Rincon de Guayabitos, La Penita, and surrounding rural areas.

As part of this project, IHHW hosted a free Better Hearing Health Week (Nov. 24-28th, 2014), complete with informative and educational presentations in Spanish. Free hearing screening tests were conducted during, and following the event for three weeks.  In total we completed hearing screening tests for more than 150 men, women, and children in the area.

January through March, 2015 brought the formation and implementation of emotional, psychological, and social educational support programs for residents of Jaltemba Bay who are deaf, or hard of hearing.  Running January through March, these programs will include communication strategies (speechreading, and sign language), career counselling, and parental support for families with a deaf, or hard of hearing child.

Your donation toward this important project will aid us in purchasing much needed audiological testing equipment, and provide printed informational/education materials for people with hearing loss in Jaltemba Bay.

We need your financial support to make this project a success!

Please consider making a contribution to this valuable project!

La discapacidad auditiva es una de las privaciones sensoriales más comunes en los seres humanos, lo que afecta gravemente el bienestar físico y psicosocial de los más de 300 millones de personas en todo el mundo. Más de las tres cuartas partes de las personas con pérdida viven en países en desarrollo donde carecen de los recursos financieros y el acceso a los servicios de salud auditiva y de rehabilitación auditiva.

Consecuencias de personas con discapacidad auditiva pueden resultar en la incapacidad para interpretar correctamente el habla a menudo resulta en dificultades de comunicación, adquisición tardía del lenguaje, el aislamiento social, la desventaja educativa y financiera, y la estigmatización. Se puede verse agravada por la violencia sexual, o abuso físico, así como otras condiciones médicas como la diabetes, el Alzheimer y el hipotiroidismo. Educación y aumento de la conciencia son fundamentales para mejorar la salud auditiva de las personas, las familias y las comunidades.

Recientemente formó, con sede en Canadá, organización sin fines de lucro, Audiencia Integral de Salud y Bienestar (IHHW) tiene como objetivo mejorar la calidad de la salud y el bienestar de escuchar a las personas, jóvenes y familias en el área de la Bahía de Jaltemba. Bajo la dirección del Director Ejecutivo actuando, Dr. Deborah Scott, IHHW será la realización de un proyecto de voluntariado de gestión en la Bahía de Jaltemba desde mediados de noviembre hasta mediados de marzo. Bahía de Jaltemba se encuentra aproximadamente a 1 hora al norte de Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit, México y consta de tres aldeas de Los Ayala, Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita, y las zonas rurales circundantes.

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