Country of Operation
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Rehabilitative care
SummarySolar Ear is a Brazilian based company that manufactures, assembles and distributes a low-cost solar-powered hearing aid that is helping improve the quality of life of the hearing-impaired.
In its more severe form a hearing impairment keeps otherwise healthy children and adults from going to school and working. Hearing loss leads to poverty and hardship in the families and communities affected as the hearing impaired often suffer from a lack of educational and occupational opportunities.
Key program components
To address this issue, Solar Ear Brazil manufactures, assembles and distributes a relatively low-cost digital rechargeable hearing aid, a new solar battery charger and rechargeable hearing aid batteries. The batteries cost the same as disposable zinc air batteries, but last 2 to 3 years. The rechargeable digital hearing aid costs under US $100 and the rechargeable hearing aid battery is approximately $2.00. All products are assembled by young employees who are deaf. By developing practical technologies for the region and creating employment, training and education programs, this project is creating a sustainable professional enterprise and effecting the way civil society views the skills of people with disabilities.
According to the World Health Organization about 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability
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