Going forward, the year 2018 marks the biggest life changing hearing dream of my life.
I had underwent Cochlear Implant surgery on 21 September 2018 whereby a magnet is inserted under your skin and I couldn’t be more thankful to a team of doctors from Ear Institute for Hearing, Nose & Throat in Queenswood, Pretoria as well as The Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in Southern African.
On the 22nd October 2018; imagine I had waited more than 30 years to see my dream become a reality – I mean the joy of having an unbelievable real experience and that is to hear.
The echo of the sound I heard after wearing the Cochlear Implant for the first time still rings in my head like a lullaby and today a lot has changed. I am able to sing crazily in my car hearing all the lyrics of the song while driving, the movies I constantly watch and having curiosity on what it means to hear what the actors are saying and its story ending line, hearing people knock from your door even after you locked it, my phone ringing even if I am busy cooking and not staring at it and talking to my team of Engineers at work – that alone was the most beautiful thing I have ever had in my life.
Now I am able to attend meetings and hear what the agenda is all about and asking questions and being given feedbacks.
I recalled parking my car at the site at work and the funny thing I heard about 500 or more metres away from me was the sound of the turbine generator and people talking because before this, I never heard such things.
We are extremely proud about the total of 47 GIFTS OF HEARING provided to people with hearing loss in 2018…
Looking back at the Cochlear Implant procedures performed, facilitated and orchestrated by our professional team of expert doctors and surgeons; together with our successful Cochlear Implant Division at the Ear Institute Pretoria, we are very thankful that we could be part of these life-changing operations.
29 of these operations was made possible by the support and contributions from donors and partners who supported the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in South Africa during the year.
We are humbled and very grateful towards each donor for all the support we received in 2018. Every donation changed the life of someone in need.
The gift of hearing is a lasting gift that our patients will benefit from for the rest of their lives.
Thank you to everyone who believed in the gift of hearing during 2018!
On Thursday, 15 November, Forever Resorts South Africa hosted their annual Charity Golf Day, this year in aid of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA at Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate.
The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss, creating a sustainable future for people with hearing loss, inspire, educate, develop and empower an entire community, create fresh perspectives and innovative solutions, promote social welfare, encourage poverty alleviation and generate a lasting change.
Annual Charity Golf Day in aid of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA Loss in SA https://www.facebook.com/FCHLSA/posts/2288133991432930
The Forever Golf Day raised a total of R189 093.01 and the funds were paid over directly to the foundation to help three children (Haley Smit, 4, Ronisha Malander, 4, and Mulweli Makhuva, 9) to pay for their cochlear implants.
Mulweli underwent his operation on Monday, 19 November 2018 and will now be going through the process of slowly training his brain to hear again as he lost his hearing due to illness some years ago.
We would like to thank Forever Forever Resorts South Africa, the Golfers, and all the wonderful sponsors who participated in this successful Golf Day, supporting the cause and making such a huge difference in the lives of children with hearing loss. Without you, your passion and your selfless generosity this would not have been possible. Oranje Drukkers, Bravo Group Sealy, Backgat Braai, Adams&Adams, Pam Golding Nelspruit, Beeld, Birchwood Hotel, Unlimited Events Group, Forever Warmbaths, Forever Badplaas, Forever Gariep, Forever Centurion, Forever Loskopdam, Forever White River, BDT Accountants, AirlinkVictoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Wild Horizons Tours, The Good Oaks, Pentagon Security Consultants, FNB, Valorem, Agri SA, Rockwood Theatre, Delheim Wines, Levati Water, Rhino Clothing, Work Front, Dairymaid, Pretoria FM, Decimal Agency and Zebula Golf Estate and Spa.
Listen to our Pretoria FM interview with Forever Resorts South Africa for their annual golf day, held on November 15, 2018, for the benefit of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.
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Staefa, Switzerland, April 9, 2018
The Hear the World Foundation, a Swiss charitable foundation that supports people in need, and particularly children, with hearing loss, is thrilled to welcome Bruce Springsteen among its ambassadors. The new ambassador for conscious hearing supports the non-profit’s hearing loss prevention campaign.
Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans over 40 years, he has released 18 studio albums, garnered 20 Grammys, won an Oscar, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor, and was MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year. Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born to Run’ and its companion album ‘Chapter and Verse’ were released in September 2016, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November that year. Springsteen’s The River Tour 2016 was named the year’s top global tour by both Billboard and Pollstar. In October, Springsteen made his Broadway debut with ‘Springsteen on Broadway,’ a solo show currently running at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Photographer and musician Bryan Adams, an ambassador of the Foundation since its establishment in 2006, took Bruce Springsteen’s official ambassador portrait in the Hear the World pose with one hand behind an ear – synonymous with conscious hearing. The meaningful black-and-white photograph will unite Bruce Springsteen with over hundred other musicians, models and actors who have supported the Hear the World Foundation over the past ten years. The team of renowned ambassadors help to raise global awareness about the importance of good hearing.
Hear the World helps children in need hear
Since 2006 the Hear the World Foundation, the cornerstone of Sonova’s CSR engagement – Sonova is the leading provider of hearing solutions, has supported over 80 projects on all five continents, providing financial resources, donating hearing solutions, and training project workers in audiology on site. Efforts such as awareness campaigns, charity events and the sale of the Hear the World calendar, featuring the celebrity ambassadors help to raise global awareness about hearing health and supports children in need with hearing loss enabling them to develop at an appropriate rate for their age. More about the history of the Hear the Word Foundations and its projects can be found here.
Hearing loss – an underestimated issue with serious consequences
The significance of hearing loss is still underestimated, despite the figures painting a clear picture: according to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 466 million people (around 5% of the global population) are affected by moderate to profound hearing loss – around 34 million of whom are children. Most of those affected live in low- or middle-income countries and do not have any access to audiological care. Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences, particularly for children. As well as difficulty learning to talk, they have hardly any chance of going to school and are often ostracized from society.
Hear the World Foundation – a Sonova Group initiative
Cochlear implants don’t generate sound like a hearing aid would. Instead, they zap your cochlea.
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