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Cheap Technology—And a Bit of Good Will—Are Bringing Hearing Aids To The World’s Poor

World Wide Hearing is using cheap tech, market incentives, and crash-course training to help restore hearing in impoverished communities.

“It’s amazing what you can find in a kid’s ear…think bugs and cockroaches and little tiny kids with a tremendous amount of mold coming out of their ears.”

That’s Audra Renyi, executive director and cofounder of a 5-year-old Montreal-based nonprofit called “World Wide Hearing Foundation International” that wants to help the world’s other 99%: The hearing-impaired people in poor countries who can’t afford a hearing aid, debilitated by a condition that usually has a simple tech fix in wealthier societies.

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