- Signia donates 30 pairs of hearing aids to those in need
- Event conducted in partnership with ABRAE non-profit philanthropic foundation
- 18th annual educational symposium for hearing care professionals held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Sivantos, the manufacturer of Signia brand hearing aids, recently hosted its 18th annual International Symposium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year’s event included a philanthropic event as well as educational sessions.
The educational program included sessions conducted by Signia staff on its upcoming product offerings, novel tinnitus therapies, the evolution of patient needs, and the overall future of audiology. Hearing care professionals who attended the symposium received continuing education credits.
The philanthropic event provided a unique opportunity to help the less fortunate who have hearing loss but are unable to afford treatment. It was held in collaboration with local hearing care professionals in Rio de Janeiro, and in association with the Associação Brasileira de Assistência ao Excepcional (Brazilian Association of Assistance to People with Special Needs, or ABRAE). ABRAE, a 19-year-old non-profit philanthropic foundation, is located in the São Gonçalo municipality of Rio and provides support to underprivileged Brazilians of all ages with physical or mental disabilities. The organization acts in partnership with the local City Hall to collect donations of prosthetics, orthotics, and hearing aids and distribute them to children and adults in need.
“This year, Signia donated hearing aids to ABRAE while our customers donated their time and experience to provide expert fittings,” said Debra Ludgate, Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “Along with our partners in Brazil, a team of approximately 26 hearing care professionals and Signia staff assisted in fitting 30 people in need of hearing aids. It was an overwhelmingly successful event with many happy tears and hugs shared by everyone involved.”