Hearing Initiatives

Supporting these organizations and many more

By fundraising to revolutionize care, The Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation is changing the lives of BC children and adults suffering from hearing loss.

Transforming Care

Fundraising

Research

Advocacy

BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital

Building on over 40 years of support for St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, the Hearing Foundation has committed to raise $6 million in funds towards the creation  of the Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre: A state of the art facility that will revolutionize patient care by operating as a one-stop shop for the latest testing, diagnostics, research, and surgery options for hearing loss patients of all ages. 

The Rotary Hearing Foundation donation will be used to fund cutting-edge audiology advancements and  stem cell research, the results of which will change the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals not just in BC, but around the globe.

Rotary Hearing Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital

This existing referral clinic offers advanced diagnostics for hearing and balance disorders, as well as comprehensive management clinics for Tinnitus patients and those needing specialized audiology, otology, and neurotology care. With our ongoing financial support, the Rotary Hearing Clinic has carried out over 770 life-changing Cochlear Implant Surgeries.

Fundraising

BC Rotary Ride for Hearing

The Rotary Ride for Hearing is a multi-day fundraising event that has raised over $3.8 million dollars for the research, restorative care, and recovery of BC patients with Hearing Loss. First established in 1985, this annual event supports our Deaf & Hard of Hearing communities through rider sponsorships, donation pledges, and corporate contributions.

Grants

To provide the most comprehensive care and support options, we spread our funds amongst a variety of qualified, deserving institutions. This includes the BC Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hearing and Speech Society of BC, the Hearing Foundation of Canada, the BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, the UBC School of Audiology & Speech Sciences, the Vancouver Community Audiology Centre, and the Vancouver Hearing Centre, to name just a few.

Research

Rotary Hearing Centre at UBC

The Rotary Hearing Centre at UBC was first established in 1989 with the funding of Dr. Dieter Schwartz’s Cochlear Implant research at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Over the last few decades, the Foundation has donated over $1 million towards research efforts and the purchase of equipment focused on treating hearing related disorders.

UBC Clinical Speech Laboratory

In 2012, RCoV’s Hearing Foundation donated $132,700 to establish the University of British Columbia’s Clinical Speech Technology and Audiology Teaching Lab as the premier speech labratory in Canada. This space is an innovative place of learning that trains students in the latest speech therapy methods on their pathway to becoming speech-language pathologists.

Throughout everything we do, we constantly advocate for the needs of BC’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing community. From our annual Rotary Ride for Hearing, to the different research focuses and care centres we support, our mission to bring back the sounds of life to those with hearing loss is our foremost priority.

 “My cochlear implant[s] represent far more than just technological gadgetry.  They reconnect me with the essence of being human – the connection and communication with others that I had lost” 

Claire, Cochlear Implant recipient

It’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you that we’ve been able to support diverse hearing initiatives in the last 40 years. Help us grow this support, and bring back the sounds of life to families across Canada and BC.

Donate today

It’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you that we’ve been able to support diverse hearing initiatives in the last 40 years. Help us grow this support, and bring back the sounds of life to families across Canada and BC.

Ways to give

Donate to the Rotary Hearing Foundation

Help restore the sounds of life.

Ride for Hearing

Participate in our annual Ride for Hearing fundraiser.

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