Updated Apr 23, 2019


Solar Ear

Part of Global Integrity

Having a hearing test done on an cell phone and with the results enabling the user to have their cell phone become a hearing aid

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Howard Weinstein

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Stage 5: Scaling

We have the alfa model of pure tones hearing test, otoscopy test and OAE for newborn hearing test

Registered in Brazil.

Focus Areas:

Disability, Inclusive Education, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Disability, Inclusive Education, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Health and Digital DevelopmentSEE LESS

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Hearing loss is a debilitating problem around the world. This loss causes significant communication impediments for children, creating large educational challenges. Many adults who lose their hearing lose their job. Seniors with hearing loss may become isolated from family conversations, which can lead to depression. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 650 million people have hearing loss, yet only 10 million aids are sold every year. Fewer than 2.5% of the global population needing a hearing aid can get one. Furthermore, there is a dearth of trained professionals to detect hearing loss, especially with babies and infants, which is a critical time of life for developing speech. Solar Ear has developed a low cost, holistic method to reduce hearing damage and reverse the burden of hearing loss at all ages.



A mobile holistic hearing health solution called mDREET (Detection, Research, Education, Equipment, and Therapy) has been developed. Each individual aspect of the DREET program has been successfully implemented and tested at the Solar Ear operation in Brazil. Solar Ear will be the first to implement a fusion of individually proven programs, protocols, and key partnerships – together creating the solution to significantly reducing hearing loss. A micro-entrepreneur or rural clinic will be able to test someone's hearing using their Android phone, the results will get sent to Solar Ear and we will then be able to remotely program the user's cell phone to become a hearing aid ( with earbuds) Hearing health will now be affordable and accessible to all. We will have 3 different hearing tests and THE FIRST to be able to test the hearing of a baby.

Target Beneficiaries

We will be able to help 400 million people in developing countries who have no access to a hearing health professional or cannot afford a solution. We will focus on children and newborns in developing countries

Mission and Vision

We will lower hearing loss and the burden of hearing loss to 160 million people in the next 5 years.

Innovation Description

Solar-powered hearing aids
How does your innovation work. In its more severe form, a hearing impairment keeps otherwise healthy children and adults from going to school and working. Hearing loss leads to poverty and hardship in the families and communities affected as the hearing impaired often suffer from a lack of educational and occupational opportunities.

Competitive Advantage

We will be using an Android platform while all competitors us iPhone or Ipads to test the hearing. We will have 3 different hearing tests and the first one to be able to test the hearing of a newborn.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are going to develop a maternal hearing health education app because 50% of hearing loss can be prevented and 80% occurs after birth. We will develop a free gamified app to educate mothers in developing country as to how they can PREVENT a hearing loss with their baby
Funding Goal300
New Implemented CountriesBrazil
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The Team Behind the Innovation

We have over 30 years of experience in hearing space. Our team has won over 20 global health, technology, innovation, and humanitarian award. We have raised in our careers over 70 million dollars




Jan 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Feb 2017
Funds RaisedPENDING
Jan 2017
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Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
Profiled Innovation - Silver
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