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Hear the World Foundation Calendar Touches Lives

Connect Hearing Canada and Hear the World Foundation need somebody – “somebody like you”- as legendary Canadian musician Bryan Adams would say.

Adams has been busy, and not just making music. The singer of classic songs such as Summer of 69 and Kids Want To Rock has been snapping shots of celebrities for the Hear the World Foundation calendar.Hear the World Foundation - Connect Hearing

Celebrity ambassadors have been captured with their hands cupped behind their ear to raise awareness about the importance of hearing and hearing loss. The stars include actor Christoph Waltz, singer Vanessa Paradis, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and model Elizabeth Jagger.

According to Hear the World Foundation, 15% of the world population are affected by hearing loss. Around 660,000 children are born with significant hearing loss annually and 80 per cent of the people with hearing loss live in countries with low to medium income and often have no access to audiological and medical care. Only one in forty people with hearing loss in developing countries wears a hearing aid.

The World Health Organization says over 5% of the world’s population – 360 million people – has disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children). Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than 40dB in the better hearing ear in adults and a hearing loss greater than 30dB in the better hearing ear in children. The majority of these people live in low- and middle-income countries.

Sobering statistics. It's one reason why Connect Hearing Canada encourages people to visit their clinics for free hearing tests.

It's also why the work of the Hear the World Foundation is so important.

“It's inspiring to see so many people, including our celebrity ambassadors, rallying behind this very important project. Everyone who is a part of this is really making a difference in the fight against hearing loss in Canada and around the world,” says Jon Waterhouse, Manager of Professional Practice at Connect Hearing Canada. “The other thing that I love about this is it's just in time for Christmas. It's so easy to buy a meaningless gift but this calendar is really going to make a difference in the lives of so many people.”

While Adams is known mostly for his music, he is also an accomplished photographer.

Some of his pictures have included model Kate Moss and the German band Ramstein for Zoo Magazine.

Recently, Adams completed a thought-provoking series of pictures depicting wounded British war veterans.

He brings that same passion to fighting hearing loss around the world.

Hear The World Ambassador Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block said in an interview on the website that for him, the issue of hearing loss is a personal one.

“Well, a few months back, probably about six months, my wife and I did a piece in People magazine and decided to tell whoever wanted to listen that we have a son who was born with hearing loss. Just like any regular family, we are simply trying to figure it out and do the right thing for our son. Since then, a lot of great organizations have asked me to talk to them and share my story,” explained McIntyre in the interview. “I’m certainly not an expert, but I think by talking about it and sharing our experiences it can shed some light on the issue and help some families out there that really don’t know how to deal with it or what to do next. We were certainly in that position, and we were lucky enough to have good friends and good people around us to point us in the right direction and tell us that, you know, there is hope and there are plenty of things that can be done for your son or daughter.”

Hear the World Foundation says the limited edition calendar, a collection of expressive black & white portraits of their celebrity ambassadors, is a wonderful way to children affected by hearing loss and help to build a world in which hearing is valued and protected. The price of EUR 33.00 / CHF 40.00 / USD 40.00 (excluding shipping) and all sales proceeds go to the Hear the World Foundation. To purchase a calendar, click here.

Click here to watch a Hear the World Foundation video.

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