MED-EL presents: Together for a hearing future
Hearpeer mentors are more important than ever as hearing loss is on the rise and public awareness is low. In India an estimated 95 million people alone live with this invisible disability and more than 25,000 children are born each year requiring treatment for permanent hearing loss. If left untreated, it has a significant impact on quality of life, employment and health.
Hearpeers mentors: the core of a vibrant global community
In India, Hearpeer mentors are volunteers willing to give something back to improve the lives of others. They volunteer their time to provide one-on-one support to a range of people, including people recently diagnosed with hearing loss, their loved ones, and people who have recently started using a hearing implant. They also share similar experiences of living with hearing loss and help provide answers to individual questions about living with a hearing implant.
Sam, an Indian adult cochlear implant user from Kochi says: “I was implanted as an adult and felt the need for a self-help group, and myself being a seeker with many questions, I appreciate the establishment of a self-help group for hearing-impaired people, especially adults. Hearpeers is a great platform and as a mentor I feel empowered to reach out to the community and help them on their hearing journey for a better quality of life.
Similarly, Khyati, mother of a child with bilateral cochlear implants from New Delhi said“Since I went through an emotional but fruitful journey to help my child shine in this world, I would like to offer my support to improve the lives of other parents of hearing impaired children. I understood the value of hearing, sound is so precious. I want to share my experience and help others discover success and happiness in their hearing journey.”
Mentors like Sam and Khyati live in 15 countries, including Indiathe United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, The Philippines and Germany. The mentors speak multiple languages and with a new interactive website, connecting to someone who better understands living with hearing loss just got even easier.
“Our mission at MED-EL has always been to improve the quality of life for people living with hearing loss. For over 15 years, our team at India provided services and support to our users; now we are delighted to be able to extend this by helping people to connect with Hearpeers mentors – not just here India but also around the world. We know people really appreciate being able to talk to others who have gone through the same hearing journey, have similar experiences, and can share tips along the way.” said Tejinder SinghDirector, MED-EL India Private Limited.
If you think you have hearing loss and want to talk to someone who understands, you can connect with the global community of MED-EL auditors or mentors at India at www.hearpeers.com/en_in. You can also connect with Indian Hearpeers Mentors via Toll Free Number: 1800111636
MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is on a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. The Austrian-based private company was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose groundbreaking research led to the development of the world’s first microelectronic multi-channel cochlear implant, which was successfully implanted in 1977 and has served basis to what is now called modern IC. This laid the foundation for the company’s successful growth in 1990, when it hired its first employees. To date, MED-EL has over 2,400 employees from approximately 80 countries and 30 locations worldwide.
The company offers the widest range of implantable and non-implantable solutions to treat all types of hearing loss, enabling people in 134 countries to enjoy the gift of hearing with the help of a MED-EL device. MED-EL’s hearing solutions include cochlear and middle ear implant systems, a combined electric acoustic stimulation hearing implant system, brainstem hearing implants, as well as surgical and non-surgical bone conduction devices. www.medel.com
SOURCE MED-EL India Pvt. ltd