Pioneering Safe Listening Initiative: Milliconnections Partners with DOST STII to Promote Hearing Health

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Milliconnections’ Bettina Claire Carpio with DOST STII’s Director Richard Burgos at the MOA signing of their partnership to make listening safe. Milliconnections photo.

In a significant move during National Children’s Month, November 2023, Milliconnections, led by its young founder Bettina Claire Carpio, partnered with the Department of Science and Technology Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST STII). This collaboration aims to enhance the Make Listening Safe Workgroup advocacy, integrating World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and expanding hearing health education.

The ceremonial MOA signing at DOST STII’s main building in Bicutan, Taguig City, marked the official launch of this partnership. It focuses on providing accessible hearing health information, particularly in economically challenged communities lacking internet access. A noteworthy plan includes identifying 100 beneficiaries for the Digital Library, a direct outcome of this initiative.

Carpio, a passionate safe listening advocate, has been instrumental in bridging gaps in the educational system by promoting hearing health and well-being services. This collaboration with DOST STII, under the leadership of Director Richard Burgos, signifies a positive step towards inclusive health education.

Make Listening Safe activities

Educational institutions have actively participated in the Make Listening Safe activities from 2020-2023, highlighting the importance of young people’s roles in spreading safe listening practices. Milliconnections’ establishment is a strategic step to fill content gaps in educational materials, specifically regarding safe listening. This aligns with DOST STII’s objectives, particularly as the world prepares for World Hearing Day 2024.

The relevance of safe listening is underscored by the fact that approximately 1.1 billion individuals aged 12 to 35 risk hearing loss. Experts like Paul Howard Surridge emphasize the interconnectedness of hearing health with overall well-being, including risks of cognitive decline, dementia, and other health issues.

Young founder Bettina Claire Carpio

Bettina Claire Carpio’s journey as a changemaker began with her participation in the World Hearing Forum Webinar and her subsequent efforts in integrating DOST STARBOOKS into educational institutions. Her work, alongside Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) Campus Director Atty. Rushid Jay Sanco and other committed individuals have significantly advanced safe listening advocacy.

The MOA Signing event was a platform for Carpio to express gratitude and highlight the partnership’s potential to enhance community learning resources. The joint effort aims to address hearing health disparities, challenge stigmas, and promote urgent healthcare reforms.

As preparations for World Hearing Day on March 3, 2024 continue, this initiative is a crucial step in making ear and hearing care accessible to all. Milliconnections and DOST STII’s partnership, leveraging WHO materials, is set to drive significant changes in health practices and policies, empowering young people as agents of change.

Join this mission to safeguard hearing health and promote safe listening practices. Be part of the change and spread awareness as we approach World Hearing Day 2024. Together, we can create a world where everyone has access to safe and effective hearing care. Share this story and support the cause!

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