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Hear the World Sound Academy: Amplifying the Grand Canyon

The world is speaking, what will you hear?

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Applications are due FEBRUARY 26, 2011

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FULL scholarships are available thanks to the generous support of the Jones Hearing Center, Bassett Medical Center, and .

Interested in a scholarship? Apply to the program and Global Explorers will contact you at a later date with the scholarship application.

Program Highlights

  • Explore the acoustical environment of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World while collecting data with a sound scientist.

  • Raft the Colorado River, hike to waterfalls and petroglyphs, and listen to the river as it lulls you to sleep.

  • Learn and practice leadership skills that will equip you to become an effective ambassador for a cause.

When: July 30-August 6, 2011
Where: Grand Canyon National Park
Who: Full-time students ages 15-20 with and without hearing loss
Price: $1,700 + round-trip airfare to Las Vegas, NV | Scholarships are available!

The majesty of the Grand Canyon summons a profound connection with nature and a deep sense of purpose as few places can. But this world-famous natural wonder faces a serious threat: noise pollution. While rafting the incredible Colorado River and exploring side canyons by foot, we will learn about the interplay between human beings, wildlife, and this rugged land through the world of sound. Guided by an acoustical scientist, we will collect sound data in the Diamond Down section of Grand Canyon for use in Grand Canyon National Park’s backcountry management plan.

Sound deepens our experience of the world and the capacity to hear is a fundamental part of life, yet one in five teenagers experiences some degree of hearing loss. The Hear the World Sound Academy will foster awareness about hearing loss and sound preservation while equipping you with the tools needed to step up and make a difference in the world. Using hearing loss awareness as a case study, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a campaign for a cause you believe in.

Trip Leader Profile: Bill Barkeley

We are fortunate to have Bill Barkeley as one of the Global Explorers expedition leaders on this adventure. As one of 15,000 people in the U.S. with Usher’s Syndrome (Type 2) (the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the world), Bill’s 2007 summit of Mount Kilimanjaro shattered expectations (read article). With the assistance of Phonak hearing technology, Bill was successful in not only reaching the summit but also in sharing a story of inspiration, determination and aspiration, telling the world about assistive technologies available to those with hearing and vision problems (view Bill’s Phonak testimonial video


Did you know about 800 million people worldwide are affected by hearing loss?
Hear the World is a global initiative by leading hearing instrument manufacturer Phonak to raise awareness about the importance of hearing and the consequences of hearing loss. Learn more about Hear the World here.