Aspiring young inventors should apply to the MED-EL Ideas4Ears competition, which offers a trip to Austria for the finalists to pitch their ideas to the company’s own inventors.
Many useful ideas including braille and earmuffs have come from the minds of children. This year, hearing implant company MED-EL has recognised the potential of young children and launched an exciting competition, Ideas4Ears to search for the inventions of the future. It’s a wonderful initiative where children aged 6-11 are encouraged to submit a creative and innovative idea, big or small that that could help people with hearing loss or improve their quality of life. It might be for a grandparent, a friend or a stranger – just something that could make their life a little easier.
In the UK more than 70% of people over 70 and 40% of people over 50 have a degree of hearing loss. Research demonstrates the effects of hearing loss and the consequences of denying it can be linked to feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression, as well as higher unemployment rates compared to hearing people. By 2040, nearly one in four people in the UK will be aged 65; with an aging population, the detrimental effects of hearing loss are likely to only grow. Hearing loss support Mentor Patricia calls hearing loss “the invisible disability”. It can be mistaken for other problems, from dementia to depression and make those problems worse.
Inspire little inventors by helping them think of some of the everyday problems people with hearing loss experience and encourage their imagination to go wild!
Learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to enter at www.ideas4ears.com. Entries for the competition close midnight on Sunday, 3 September 2017.
Affected by hearing loss? Connect with a HearPeers Mentor like Patricia who can share their experiences with you www.hearpeers.co.uk