Colorado Hearing Foundation

Our Projects

The projects listed below are a sampling of the types of projects that are being supported or have been supported by the Colorado Hearing Foundation.

Hearing in Children, 6th Edition by Northern & Downs

In this completely updated sixth edition, Hearing in Children thoroughly examines the current knowledge of pediatric audiology, and provides a medical perspective on the identification, diagnosis, and management of hearing loss in children. This enduring text has been the chief pediatric hearing resource used worldwide by audiologists for nearly 40 years. All proceeds from Hearing in Children are donated to support projects of the Colorado Hearing Foundation.

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Marion Downs Center for Hearing, Speech and Language

The non-profit Marion Downs Center in Denver, CO provides state-of-the-art, culturally sensitive services, resources, education, and research to support the needs of individuals with communication challenges and their families. The mission of the MD Center is to improve quality of life through compassionate, multidisciplinary, and high-quality services and education. Their goals are to identify and support the early identification, education, and literacy of those most vulnerable to early learning challenges as well as engage and educate the community and professionals in the areas of hearing loss, deafness, and communication challenges.

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Dori's Discovery Days

Dori’s Discovery Days is a weekend camp educational adventure for deaf and hard-of-hearing children (ages 7 -11), their parents and siblings. Families will develop new skills that will help their disadvantaged school-aged children. The camp is sponsored by the Colorado Hearing Foundation and the Bill Daniels Center of Children’s Hospital Colorado and is held annually in the Fall season…

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Spokane HOPE

Located in Spokane, WA, HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) is a pre-school and toddler program for children with hearing impairment. Funding for the school helps offset operational expenses and scholarships for students whose families cannot afford the special education services. Spokane HOPE provides excellent listening and spoken language studies for young children wearing cochlear implants, hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.

Spokane HOPE Website

American Academy of Audiology Foundation

As the non-profit arm of the American Academy of Audiology, the AAA Foundation serves to raise public awareness for audiologists and the audiology profession. The AAA Foundation sponsors scholarships and awards for students and professionals as well as lectures and research grants.

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Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss

The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss aims to make a direct and lasting impact on babies and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and living in low- and middle-income countries by providing them and their families access to the early identification, hearing technology, and locally-based professional expertise they need to learn to listen and speak and achieve their full potential.

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Hands & Voices

Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. Hands & Voices is a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. The diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. Hands & Voices exists to help hearing impaired children reach their highest potential.

Hands & Voices Website

Jerry Northern Scholarship in Pediatric Audiology

The Jerry Northern Scholarships in Pediatric Audiology are awarded annually through the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Candidates are full-time graduate students enrolled in an audiology degree program (AuD, PhD, AuD/PhD) and in good standing at a U.S. university. Applicants must be at least in their second academic year in the graduate program and have completed at least one course in pediatric audiology. Each university audiology program may nominate only one student per year for this scholarship opportunity. Information for applicants is available at

The Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing at the Children’s Hospital Colorado

The Colorado Hearing Foundation sponsors an annual spring symposium entitled “The Journey Through Adolescence” conducted by the staff of The Bill Daniels Center within Children’s Hearing and the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. The conference is aimed at professionals and parents seeking to understand the complex years of adolescence. Speakers offer insight into the social competencies, as well as the social isolation and chronic loneliness in adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing provides comprehensive, family-centered care for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Campus Connections

Campus Connections was an annual summer program to help deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers make the transition from high school to college. Eligible Campus Connections participants included deaf and hard of hearing 10th - 12th graders interested in learning more about college success. This event was an activity of the Marion Downs Center and held on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus.

Colorado H.E.A.R Project

Helping Children Hear through Early Intervention, Amplification, and Rehabilitation

H.E.A.R. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with 95% of donations used directly for patient care and financial assistance. The H.E.A.R. Project provides financial assistance to Colorado children who are deaf or hard of hearing and do not qualify for public funding. The H.E.A.R. Project provides funding for amplification, rehabilitation and associated services. The goal of the H.E.A.R. project is to limit the family’s financial burden and to assure that children receive the hearing care that they need to thrive developmentally, socially and academically.