In addition to the test, VOICE representatives and leading audiologists
will be visiting schools in Toronto, Montreal, and Surrey, B.C.
throughout September and during October, which is Learning Disabilities
Awareness month. They will share an interactive hearing experience with
students to demonstrate the impact of hearing loss and reinforce the
importance of hearing health. Children will have the opportunity to
understand how hearing works, how they can protect their hearing and
why hearing is so important when it comes to learning and excelling in
"Hearing loss is tied to many communication and developmental issues
that can affect learning. By reaching students and providing them with
the resources that they need to protect their health, we are arming our
youth for a healthier and more successful future," said MED-EL
co-founder Dr. Ingeborg Hochmair. "Our partnership with VOICE provides
an excellent opportunity to educate Canadians about the growing issue
of hearing loss and how to protect our invaluable sense of hearing."
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children has been advocating on behalf of
children with hearing disabilities in Canada for the past 50 years.
Established in the early '60s by a group of Toronto parents, VOICE
offers support to families with children who are deaf and hard of
hearing. The organization runs programs and services for children with
hearing loss and their families in the four main areas of parent
support, public education, advocacy and auditory-verbal therapy.
As a registered Canadian charity, VOICE has thrived over the years and
has developed into one of the largest parent support organizations for
families of children with hearing loss in Canada. VOICE maintains
approximately 1,500 members, in 17 chapters within Ontario, Alberta,
Manitoba and Quebec.
About MED-EL Austria-based MED-EL Medical Electronics is a leading innovator and
provider of hearing implant systems worldwide. The family-owned
business is one of the pioneers in the industry. The two Austrian
scientists Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair developed the world's first
microelectronic-multichannel Cochlear-Implant in 1977. To date, the
company has grown to more than 1400 employees around the world.
Today, MED-EL offers the widest range of implantable solutions worldwide
to treat various degrees of hearing loss: cochlear and middle ear
implant systems, EAS (combined Electric Acoustic Stimulation) hearing
implant system and auditory brainstem implants as well as the world´s
first active bone conduction implant.