• Crown Prince follows up on hearing disability initiative
    Crown Prince follows up on hearing disability initiative
    HRH Crown Prince Hussein, the Regent, checked on children who have undergone cochlear implant surgeries at Al Hussein Medical City.

“Through the [Hearing Without Borders] initiative, we can make Jordan free of hearing disabilities. In Jordan, our strength is in our people. Each person has a voice and every voice is heard. This is the message upon which the Hashemites built this country”.

Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II

The vision is to have a Jordan free from hearing disabilities, and the mission is to provide all support and assistance for the rehabilitation of deaf children who receive cochlear implants, to provide the needed language therapy and training for these children and to create community awareness on the cause of deafness. 

  • Treat deaf children through cochlear implants.
  • Establish centres across Jordan for the rehabilitation of deaf children who receive cochlear implants.
  • Train rehabilitation specialists to provide language therapy for children.
  • Train the families of children who receive cochlear implants to help their children to speak.
  • Create awareness on the causes of deafness, which mainly results from the marriage of relatives or from meningitis.
  • Conduct a survey to identify the cases of hearing disability and ways of treating these cases with the support of the public and private hospitals and the number of children who could benefit of this initiative.
  • Create a database for all the hearing tests of new born babies.
  • In 2003, the first cochlear implant in Jordan was performed, upon Royal directives, by a team from the Royal Medical Services in collaboration with foreign medical teams. Since then, cochlear operations have continued and today Jordan is home to a pool of specialised experts in this field.
  • Since 2003, more than 500 operations have been performed, upon Royal directives, in three medical institutions which are the Royal Medical Services, Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein Hospital and King Abdullah I University Hospital.
  • In 2013, HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II advised to find permanent solutions to hearing disabilities in Jordan. Consequently, the initiative has, since then, been expanding, and the number of cochlear implants has been increasing.
  • In 2013, 106 cochlear implants were performed against 150 in 2014. Moreover, 215 cochlear were secured until end of 2014 within the same initiative. 
  • Numbers:
    • Approximately 172,000 children are born in Jordan every year. Two children in each one thousand births have congenital hearing defects.

    • Currently, there are approximately 19,000 deaf Jordanian citizens.

    • Most of those who suffer from hearing disabilities cannot fully communicate and interact with the community although they have learned sign language.

  • I never imagined myself standing in front of an audience and expressing myself, but Haqiq gave me strength and showed me that I have all that it takes to overcome my fears
    Mohammad Salem, a ninth grader from Deir Alla
  • His Royal Highness’ initiative was launched to deal with a sensitive and persistent issue that has been challenging the sports sector in Jordan. Sports teams and leagues will benefit from this initiative that will qualify athletic therapists specialists; which will provide a sense of safety for the athletes and will eventually reflect positively on their athletic performance
    Doc. Atef Rweidan, Al Hussein Youth City General Manager
  • The acquisition of self-defense techniques was their favorite achievement. We used to be told that girls could not perform activities that involve physical force,” they said, adding that martial arts have strengthened their self-esteem and discipline
    Zeina Saqer, Siham Kiswani and Farah Odeh
  • A Dream, an ambition and hope that is coming to life….. thank you Your Royal Highness and may we always be moving forward to be what we ought to be; always in the lead
    Mr. Khaled Zeidan, psychotherapist and field injuries specialist
  • An important and highly valued initiative as it is concerned with the lives and safety of our young athletes that are always aiming on raising Jordan’s flag at international championship. It also sheds the light on the importance and role of qualified athletic therapists
    Mrs. Lana Jaghbeer, Jordanian Olympic Committee Secretary General

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