International Humanitarian

Hearing Aid Purchasing Program



We know that it is hard to trust an organization without knowing the people. Jim Saunders, MD is an otologist at Dartmouth School of Medicine. Debra Fried, MS, CCC-A is an audiologist with primary association with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. David Molter, MD is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Ron Brouillette, PhD has been developing affordable hearing health solutions within low income countries for over 30 years. He currently serves as an adviser to the Global Deaf Connection and other International NGOs. Anita Stein-Meyers, Au.D., CCC-A is an audiologist and Assistant Director of the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication in New York.

Each of us travels for medical mission work at least yearly, Jim much more than that. We are also board members of the Mayflower Medical Outreach and quite active in the Coalition for Global Hearing Health. As Mayflower Medial Outreach is our hosting organization their other board members should be considered part of this core as well.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 278 million people (4.2% of the world population) have disabling hearing impairment. The vast majority of these individuals live in resource poor countries, where access to audiology services is limited.  There is an estimated need for 7 million hearing aids in developing countries yet fewer than 1 million people actually have use of this technology. While the reasons for this paucity of hearing aid fittings are complex, one of the major barriers to providing hearing aids has been their high cost.

Many individuals and humanitarian organizations work to address this unmet need by providing hearing aid services to low resource environments. The International Humanitarian Hearing Aid Purchasing Program (IHHAPP) was created to support these programs by making high quality low cost hearing aids available to qualified members.  This purchasing consortium was formed many years ago to provide an opportunity for such programs to purchase devices through special agreements with manufacturers. Mayflower Medical Outreach, with its long track record in its commitment to hearing impaired people in Nicaragua, has assumed the responsibility for administering the IHHAPP.  

The hearing aids offered through the IHHAPP are new, quality behind the ear digital hearing aids that can be easily adjusted without additional equipment. Device are available that would be appropriate for people with hearing losses ranging from mild to profound. 

The goal of IHHAPP is to provide hearing aids to humanitarian organizations with long term commitments to a population. They are not intended to be sold for profit or to compete with existing hearing aid distribution networks. In the interest of insuring best practices, Mayflower Medical Outreach requires potential IHHAPP members to complete a detailed application and provide a signed letter of agreement and reference letters. Following receipt of the application, Mayflower Medical Outreach staff will review the application and contact the member to arrange purchases. Please click here to go to the application form.

Mayflower Medical Outreach looks forward to working with you and expanding hearing aid access  for those in need.