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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hear the World Sound Academy

Last summer, I wrote about Hear the World's Amazon adventure. This coming July 31-August 7, Hear the World will take young people to the Grand Canyon where they will work together with acoustic scientists to collect sound data for the National Park Service while discovering an entirely new way of looking at sound as a precious resource and hearing as a cherished sense.

"Following the success of the Hear the World Amazon Expedition, we wanted to dive deeper into providing students with the understanding that hearing and sound is not something we should take for granted,” said Valentin Chapero, CEO of Phonak and founder of Hear the World. “In partnership with Global Explorers, we are excited to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain the tools needed to be the next generation of sound ambassadors.

Hear the World Sound Academy applications are currently being accepted through February 26, 2011. Applicants must be between the ages of 15-20 on July 31, 2011, enrolled as a full-time student either the semester before or after travel and experience hearing loss or have an expressed interest in hearing awareness and education. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Participants will be accompanied by Bill Barkeley, a world-class mountain climber and one of the 15,000 people in the United States with Type 2 Usher’s Syndrome – the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the world. Bill also served as a mentor and leader in the 2010 Hear the World Amazon Expedition. Bill’s 2007 summit of Mount Kilimanjaro shattered expectations and confirmed his role as an advocate and inspiration for the hearing loss community.

To learn more, nominate a student or apply, visit this link. Updated 2/14/10. [I apologize for any confusion caused by the previous incorrect link that was posted.]

Information provided by a Hear the World press release.

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