Seeing a child hear for the first time is a truly emotional experience. Mother's voice. Music. Birds singing. Laughter. The ILAI Fund prides itself on assisting deaf and hard of hearing children by providing funds for hearing aids and hearing implants.
Through this project, we help needy families in the purchase of hearing aids and hearing implants designed for their children.
A hearing aid is a device designed to improve hearing by making sound audible to a person with hearing loss. A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted neuroprosthetic device that provides a sense of sound to a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Cochlear implants bypass the normal acoustic hearing process, replacing it with electric hearing. Namely, the sound sensation comes from the sound that is converted to electric signals which directly stimulate the auditory nerve. The brain adapts to the new mode of hearing and eventually can interpret the electric signals like sound and speech. These are expensive purchases not always completely covered by welfare and we step in to help with the purchase.