Sight and Hearing
Lions Service through Sight and Hearing
Lions provide sight and hearing care to those in need. Throughout the world, Lions change lives through projects that focus on:
- Preventing sight and hearing loss
- Giving hope and independence to those who cannot see
- Providing hope and independence to those who cannot hear
The need for sight and hearing services is great. Globally, about 284 million people are visually impaired; 39 million of them are blind. Hearing loss affects one in every six people worldwide. It is estimated that the number of people affected by hearing loss will rise to around 1.1 billion by 2015.
Sight Preservation, Awareness and Action
You can help to prevent sight loss through sight services such as corneal donation, eyeglass recycling, vision screenings and eye health education. Strategic partnerships and events like World Sight Day, White Cane Safety Day, World Diabetes Day, Diabetes Awareness Month and Lions Eye Bank Week raise public awareness of Lions sight-saving services.
For those who have already lost – or who never had the ability to see, Lions aids for the blind may include:
- Supporting guide dog schools, recreational camps for the blind and other recreational activities.
- Providing financial assistance for assistive and adaptive technology.
- Supporting education and vocational training programs.
- Promoting Braille literacy.
- Providing scholarship assistance.
Hearing Preservation, Awareness and Action
Your participation in the Hearing program is valuable, because:
- If left untreated, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can experience delays in the development of speech, language and cognitive skills.
- People who are unable to hear and communicate feel isolated.
- When needs are addressed, the individual is empowered to participate successfully and productively in society.
Lions strive to demonstrate concern and respect for the dignity and independence of people who have hearing or speech challenges. You can make a positive impact on the lives of children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing by giving them hope and tools for their independence and improving their quality of life. Hearing project examples include:
- Organizing a hearing screening.
- Providing for early intervention for infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Participating in the Hearing Aid Recycling Program (Lions HARP).
- Providing financial assistance for rehabilitation, the purchase of hearing aids and other assistive devices.
- Supporting schools that train and provide dogs for the deaf.
- Providing support to enrichment programs such as recreational camps, sports, scholarships and leadership opportunities.
- Promoting awareness of hearing health and the challenges of deafness and hearing loss.
Sight & Sound Newsletter
For news and information about Lions sight and hearing programs, read the Sight & Sound newsletter, which is published twice yearly.
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