In line with its not-for-profit, general-interest mission, Fondation Pour l’Audition supports associations and field initiatives that improve quality of life for people impacted directly or indirectly by hearing loss.
Here are the all organizations and projects that have received full or partial funding from the Foundation since 2014:
Through the “Infos-accessibles.fr” website, this association aims to anticipate the digitization of government services by creating an inspiring demo for public or private online services. The aim is facilitate access to administrative information for people with disabilities and/or difficulties with written French. The site is designed primarily for people with hearing loss, intellectual disabilities or difficulties with written French, as well as care givers and social workers.
This association is the first to educate hearing dogs and give them free of charge to people with hearing loss to help them with everyday tasks and increase their autonomy. The dogs point out sounds (alarm clock, doorbell, crying baby, fire alarm, etc.) and provide assistance to their owners throughout the day.
This federation aims to create a new framework for associations representing the wide range of people with hearing loss and their families, to work toward shared goals. The foundation is helping UNISDA with its reorganization.
Fondation Pour l’Audition funded and took part in France’s 2018 national hearing day, focusing on tinnitus and hyperacusis. A survey of hearing health in France this year revealed the large population of French people with tinnitus and hearing loss.
The aim of this project is to enable adolescents and adults with hearing aids or cochlear implants to practice talking on the phone. A “TCT-6” manual has been produced and distributed to 2,000 interested speech therapists with the aim of helping as many people as possible fitted with hearing aids or implants. TCT-6 is specific telephone training made up of 54 progressively harder exercises designed to restore patients’ confidence and autonomy on the phone.
With the opening of a telecommunications relay service for people with hearing difficulties, visual impairment and/or aphasia, this training project will enable coders to acquire skills as coder-operators, including coding at the pace of normal speech, remaining neutral and respecting confidentiality. This training offers new career development opportunities to a profession that has lacked continuing education courses.
During the “Rêves de gosse” (“childhood dreams”) campaign, the crew flying with Manon Altazin, France’s first deaf pilot, has enabled children to take their first flights. These children, who may or may not have disabilities, learn to discover and accept their differences while working together on an educational project before the flight.
A new CAIS mobile healthcare platform for people with hearing loss provides information and support to patients, as well as companies and local partners (city councils, MDPH departmental centers for people with disabilities, etc.). This truck provides books and technical aids (vibrating cushions, sunrise alarm clocks, etc.), as well as tailored support from the team’s professionals (psychologists, hearing care professionals, administrative contacts and social workers).
The foundation funded and distributed “6 Millions de Malentendants,” a journal designed to raise awareness among ENT professionals and enable patients to discover the numerous initiatives organized by associations for people with hearing loss.
The foundation also enabled ARDD to create a prize for the best subtitled film, which has been awarded three times so far: to Jean-Pierre Ameris for “Marie Heurtin” in 2015, Emmanuelle Bercot for “La fille de Brest” in 2016, and Albert Dupontel for “Au revoir là-haut” in 2017.
The foundation has helped organize several days of accessible meetings and training on CHARGE syndrome, a rare genetic disorder combining malformation and neurosensory impairment (sight, hearing, smell and balance).
The foundation helped organize the association’s 21st seminar for information and discussion as an accessible event. It provided an opportunity for people with severe hearing loss, especially the elderly, to break their isolation, be better informed of social, cultural, political and economic matters, and play a more active role in society.
This association has created the “EduKson” sound education platform with the aim of raising school children’s awareness of the risks of listening to loud music in a fun way. EduKson is a collaborative resource for stakeholders of sound education in France. The aim is to facilitate access to initiatives and promote the numerous projects being carried out in this field. Users can consult the platform and upload relevant tools and actions.
The foundation helped organize the 2017 French national conference on the quality of the sound environment. This event for stakeholders working in noisy environments takes place every three years. In 2017, the objective was to imagine future soundscapes. In addition to plenary sessions, workshops and professional presentations, an exhibition space enabled 50 French and European companies to demonstrate their expertise.
The foundation supported the 2017 European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) entitled “What’s up doc?” This event focused on interpreting healthcare settings, which can be difficult for deaf people who communicate in sign language.
Necker Hospital has produced a film on children who received cochlear implants and are now aged 16-25. In this short film, interviews and slices of life reveal the everyday life of five people with early cochlear implants, offering insights into these young people, with their experience, plans for the futures and challenges.
With the support of Fondation Pour l’Audition, INJS now has a fully equipped classroom for students with hearing loss to learn and practice speech. This room is designed to simulate communications situations, enabling the young people to better communicate and gain in autonomy. Students’ rehabilitation is assisted by the new technologies in the room, along with new practices during the speech learning and practice sessions.
Bucodes is a long-term partner of the foundation, which funded its national seminar in 2016. In 2017, the foundation financed training for its volunteers to provide them with the skills to better defend the interests of people with hearing loss in information centers and at trade shows, round tables, conferences and other events. Two training guides were produced following this project.
Supported by the foundation, Bucodes is currently undertaking a strategic reorganization of its “6 millions de malentendants” journal, while also overhauling its editorial and distribution policy.
Since 2003, the Clin d’Oeil festival has been organized biannually by CinéSourds, an association aiming to promote sign language with its diverse range of cultures and art forms. It is the only international interdisciplinary event focusing on the sign language arts.
This event includes performance and street art, a film competition, concerts with sign language, visual and multimedia art exhibitions, and trade booths. At the same time, youth activities are offered, with educational and art workshops aimed at 6 to 17 year olds.
An informative, thought-provoking evening event focusing on hearing, hearing pathologies and the negative impact of noise was organized with the support of the foundation on France’s national hearing day in 2017. This consumer event took place at Ménilmontant Theater in Paris, with presentations and a concert by the Harmonie de la Renaissance orchestra.
The foundation has helped fund the simultaneous transcription of an annual ANR event, held over a weekend. The goal is to invite doctors and researchers to talk about medical care and research, and give members an opportunity to engage in discussions and share insights with other people concerned by neurofibromatosis.
Centre la Mollière is a professional training and reorientation center for people who recognize the quality of workers with disabilities. The foundation has equipped the center’s offices with hearing loops, and the classrooms with new workshops. People with hearing loss can now access the skills assessment program or training (as maintenance technicians, restaurant staff, welders, salespeople or managers) in the best possible conditions.
Given that hearing loss is a source of considerable stress, SURDI 49 has set up sophrology workshops to promote relaxation. Two professional sophrologists lead participants through 20 group sessions in a venue equipped with a hearing loop that enables them to perceive the whispers of the sophrologist despite their hearing loss. Sophrology is endorsed and encouraged by professionals from CERTA (center for evaluating and rehabilitating hearing loss).
The foundation funded the development of an extra “Kiwi?” kit for raising awareness of hearing risks, to make it available to as many Bruitparif members and partners as possible. This kit is designed to facilitate sessions aimed at raising schoold children’s awareness of the risks of listening to loud noise.
The digital tablets and headphones contained in the kit provide access to individual hearing tests, questionnaires on listening habits and an estimation of the amount of cumulated noise “consumed” by individuals.
Anonymous data from the kit’s users are collected remotely in a Bruitparif database, enabling the organization to evaluate the health risks associated with listening habits. The “Kiwi?” kit can considerably boost hearing loss prevention among young people, since the sessions are easy for school nurses, teachers and teaching assistants to organize.
The foundation participated in the postproduction of a consumer documentary: "Good Vibrations" by Lydia Erbibou, which followed a class of adolescents at the INJS school for the deaf in Paris over several months. Through their trials, tribulations and a lot of fun, we see a lively, energetic world where hearing loss is not incompatible with music. A specially equipped room enables the students to feel the vibrations of music and produce their own.
IFIC offers children and their parents a booklet to help prepare for a cochlear implant. Written by psychologists from IFIC’s network of ENT pediatricians, the booklet has received funding from the foundation. Designed for children aged 0-12 and their parents, it aims to support families by answering their questions about the surgery and hospitalization involved. The health journey for a cochlear implant is difficult to understand and explain to a child. To make the information fun and comprehensible, the booklet contains narrative illustrations explaining the child’s journey before hospitalization, during the operation and in post-operative care. It is designed to allay families’ concerns, reduce their anxiety and help them anticipate their children’s adaptation to their implants, as well as the steps involved in adjusting the device. Pictograms in sign language make the booklet even more accessible.
The qualification for French cued speech coders trains the professionals who help young people with hearing loss integrate at school and university, providing a solid mastery of coding through theoretical and practical training. This enables them to communicate oral messages to young deaf people using cued speech. The foundation has funded training for mature students and/or job seekers wishing to become cued speech coders.
This association aims to educate consumers, politicians and society stakeholders at large on sound and the importance of a quality soundscape. Since 2004, it has organized an annual week of events focusing on these issues from a combination of cultural, medical, industrial, educational and economic angles.
The foundation made this event accessible through French Sign Language and simultaneous transcription. A survey was also launched to understand the listening habits of children aged 0-19 and adapt hearing loss prevention campaigns.
This association helps elderly people maintain social ties by limiting their withdrawal from society. In 2012, the foundation supported its training and awareness program created for FNATH, a federation of accident victims. In 2014, it sponsored the “Entendre pour Comprendre” (“Listening to Understand”) guide in partnership with major companies (Atos, EDF, IFPen, Manpower and SNCF). In 2015, the foundation also funded the report entitled “Maintenir le lien social chez les personnes âgées” (“Maintaining social links among the elderly”).
This federation of social and medical associations represents home-help services for Parisians. The foundation has helped set up a program to facilitate healthcare for isolated elderly people with hearing loss living in Paris. This included assistance for making appointments, in-person support during consultations and administrative help for reimbursements. Through this program, more than 84 people have met with hearing health professionals.
This association has developed a website to cover a wider scope than the former “Promenade autour de la cochlée”: everything to do with hearing. The foundation has enabled the website to be overhauled and adapted for use via tablet and smartphone. It is split into two parts. The first is a consumer section providing information on hearing, the main pathologies (hearing loss and tinnitus) and prevention, especially the risks of listening to excessively loud music. The second section, aimed at students and professionals, provides detailed technical information on the peripheral and central auditory system, sounds, perception, pathologies, rehabilitation, research and more.
This organization demonstrates and loans technical devices (alarm clocks, telephones, headphones, etc.) to people with hearing loss in and around Pau in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France. It also offers intensive sign language courses and organizes awareness workshops in different organizations to inform and education people. Its “Surdité 64” social service helps people with hearing loss to integrate socially and solve administrative problems.
This association in the Poitou-Charentes region of France (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region) helps people with hearing loss to become more autonomous. With its “Beyond prostheses” program, Diapasom offers solutions to complement hearing aids: learning lip reading, having access to technical aids, refurbishing workstations, raising awareness among colleagues, and so on. The aim is to enable people with hearing loss to survive and thrive at work.
This association works to improve hearing health worldwide through noise awareness campaigns, information, hearing technologies and training. For several years, the foundation has funded the participation of electronics specialists in a hearing aid recycling workshop. The devices are then given to children around the world during humanitarian missions, and to underprivileged adults in France.