Information for Hearing Chairperson
Information for Hearing Chairperson
Organize Hearing Service Projects
360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. However, current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of global need.
“Hearing influences nearly every aspect of our daily lives, from our ability to earn a living to the quality of our relationships. Better hearing allows people to succeed in school, find good jobs, and participate in their communities. By addressing hearing loss we can promote better health, greater educational attainment, and higher levels of economic productivity.” – Worldwide Hearing.
Organize hearing service projects in your area by becoming a hearing chairperson in your club or district. Motivate clubs to undertake service projects that:
- Provide programs and assistance to aid children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Promote awareness of healthy hearing to prevent hearing loss in children and adults.
Club, district and multiple district hearing chairpersons are appointed by the club president, district governor, and council chairperson respectively. By working together, multiple district, district and club hearing chairpersons can organize effective service projects in their communities.
Hearing Chairperson Responsibilities
- Evaluate the effectiveness of current hearing projects.
- Develop goals and an overall plan.
- Submit the plan for the club president's, the district governor's or the council chairperson's approval.
Communicate goals and project ideas:
Inform Lions through the multiple district, district, or club websites, newsletters, or social media accounts.
Incorporate new project ideas:
- Encourage clubs to share news of their hearing projects.
- Avoid duplication of local, regional or national programs.
- Work with local health care professionals to determine community needs and provide the most appropriate resources.
Arrange seminars and workshops:
- Provide educational resources and information on healthy hearing and prevention of hearing loss.
- Invite hearing care professionals as speakers to help motivate clubs to participate.
- Discuss projects that can provide outreach to adults and children in the community who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Find out how the hearing chairpersons can further support clubs in planning hearing projects.
Report hearing projects:
- Share news about hearing projects with the multiple district or district public relations chairperson.
- Report your project on MyLCI.
A variety of resources are available to assist you in your role as hearing chairperson:
- Organize a Hearing Screening
- LCI/LCIF hearing programs include
- Reading Action Program: Chairpersons can help to organize hearing screenings in support of the LCI Reading Action Program to enhance literacy for adults and children with hearing loss.
- Special days and events, such as International Ear Care Day, International Week of the Deaf, Better Hearing and Speech Month and International Literacy Day can help mobilize clubs throughout the district.
- "Make Listening Safe": a program of the World Health Organization to address noise-induced hearing loss.
- Professional hearing organizations can provide additional information and resources to enhance community awareness and action.
- For information on hearing dog schools, visit the Assistance Dogs International website.
LCIF Grant Funding
Examples of LCIF grants can include: equipping a school for children who are deaf, expanding a camp facility for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or equipping a Lions hearing screening program. Learn more about LCIF grants.
Programs and Service Initiatives