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“Hearing help in the developing world: An unconventional approach”

March 30, 2011

Dr. Bill Hodgetts, from the University of Alberta has a unique idea….

Hearing loss and deafness affect at least 278 million people worldwide, two thirds of whom live in developing countries with limited care. My idea is to use an iPod touch to test hearing (point of care diagnostics) and then use the same device and headphones as a personal amplification device to give people greater access to the world of sound”

~Dr. Hodgetts

But needs some help…

Like any great idea, Dr. Hodgetts’  idea needs support to get off the ground. He has submitted an application to  Grand Challenges Canada ( for the Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health competition. “Grand Challenges Canada is a unique and independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of people in developing countries through innovation”. The initial funding amount for candidates for this grant is $100,000! This is then scalable for a second round of funding up to $1,000,000 pending a review at 12-18 months of the project.” As you can imagine, this grant would be a great start to getting Dr. Hodgetts’ idea rolling!


How you can help…

As part of the evaluation process Grand Challenges Canada will be looking at the public’s response to video submissions from the candidates. To view Dr. Hodgetts video and support his idea go to the link below and click the like button to the right of the video!

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