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SDG 3: Good health and well-being

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Hearing has the ability to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity for millions of people. According to the latest WHO-research, approximately 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.

We have already helped improve the lives of millions of people with hearing loss. Today, we are active in over 125 markets and one in three hearing aids worn by people around the world has been manufactured by us. 

There is nothing more rewarding than giving someone back the miracle of hearing and helping them thrive. This is what drives everything we do. Our ambition is nothing less than unlocking human potential by making wonderful sound part of everyone’s life.

However, hearing is only one aspect of good health and well-being. To ensure healthy lives and well-being for all, we also take action in other areas. Get inspired here.

Caring for our Elders

  • (July 2019, NL - See photo above) On July 11, WS Audiology Netherlands closed its office for the day and all 30 colleagues went on a company outing to an elderly home near Rotterdam to volunteer.

    They played bingo, made a fence, painted a bench, went on a walk with some residents and did some gardening. Most importantly, they gave their full attention to the residents.

Running Together for Good

  • (July 2019, DE) On a hot summer’s day, 68 WS Audiology Erlangen employees participated in the annual B2Run in Nuremberg, Germany. The 6.3-km route finished at Max Morlock Stadium.

    Five euros per runner were donated to DKMS, a blood cancer foundation in Germany. In total, there were 18,500 participants from 670 companies.

Turning Words into Action

  • (June 2019, BR) On World Blood Donor Day, employees in Brazil organized an office-wide blood drive and collected a total of 3,220 ml of blood. The campaign was facilitated by the Pró-Sangue Foundation, linked to São Paulo’s Health Department and the University of São Paulo Hospital das Clínicas.

  • (June 2019, SG) WS Audiology Singapore participated in a grocery drive initiated by Food from the Heart. In total, they collected 15 boxes of non-perishable food to help the foundation reach its goal of raising $20,000 in cash and 36,000 food items!

Staying Warm for the Winter
  • (June 2019, BR) WS Audiology Brazil colleagues Bruna Carvalho and Cristiane Manfredini participated in a clothing drive in cooperation with Anjos da Cidade, an NGO whose goal is to support the homeless. They collected around 50 items of clothing which will help many stay warm this winter.

Donations to refugees

  • (May 2019, JP) Colleagues in Japan donated $13,500-worth of hearing aids and batteries via the Fuji Vision Aid Mission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The UNHCR transferred the material to Azerbaijan, where Kind Ses Hearing Center, based in Baku, distributed the donations to refugees.

Making Life a Little Bit Sweeter
  • (April 2019, BR) Our office in Brazil brought sweet Easter treats to children at Brazil’s Organized Treatment Center for Children (COTIC). The Tympanos Band, formed by three employees, Raphael Fernandes, Christian Marcelus and Rafael Maia, also put on a concert. So much fun!
  • COTIC, founded in 1999, takes in children and adolescents with special needs, including those with mild to severe mental illness, those who suffer from severe physical disabilities, as well as abused or abandoned children.

Providing Care for Youth in Need

  • (March 2019, DE - See photo above) WS Audiology, one of the world’s leading hearing aid brands, will work with the German Lions on the “Help for Little Ears” project. Together, they provide people in need with hearing aids and a chance to live independently. Through the project, implemented by the Lions Club Kelkheim, around 30,000 hearing aids have already been fitted to patients in many parts of the world.
  • The hearing aids, which from March onward will often come from WS Audiology, shall be passed on to charitable aid organizations for suitable projects with the hard of hearing. On-site specialists adapt the devices to the oftentimes young patients individually. The collaboration with the German Lions is long term.

Bringing Awareness to Hearing Health
  • (March 2019, CN - See photo above) On March 3, 2019, WS Audiology China supported a cultural event to celebrate World Hearing Day. WS Audiology donated 50,000 RMB (~7,440 USD) toward the event “Love Ears,” during which famous conductor Chen Yuyang and the China Symphony Orchestra put on a concert. Children with hearing loss also performed songs and poems to an audience of around 2,000 that came in celebration of the beauty of hearing.

  • The annual event is organized by the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment. The World Health Organization’s “World Hearing Day” aims to raise awareness of deafness and hearing loss prevention, and promote ear and hearing care around the world.

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