Through the Oticon Foundation multiple, philanthropic activities and charitable projects are fostered and initiated. Projects and initiatives in the fields of research, education, culture and selected social areas are carried out with particular emphasis on audiology and hearing, i.e. projects initiated to outline the impacts of hearing loss, and treat or alleviate its symptoms.
In 2016, the Oticon Foundation donated DKK 78 million to projects in such areas as research, education, culture and care. A total of DKK 42 million was donated to projects aiming at alleviating hearing loss all over the world and to education and research projects within hearing healthcare. One example of our global philanthropic activities was the Mobile Hearing Clinic project – a hearing clinic on wheels that can reach the rural districts of China.
Supporting institutions and research projects in the field of audiology is an important part of the Oticon Foundation’s activities. In 2016, the Oticon Foundation donated DKK 11 million to audiological research at leading universities around the world in for instance the Netherlands, the US, South Africa, Italy and in the Nordic countries. In Denmark, the Oticon Foundation co-founded the establishment of CASPR, a new research centre at Aalborg University, with a contribution of DKK 8 million.
For several years, the Oticon Foundation has funded the Ida Institute and has contributed with DKK 12 million to the work of the Institute in 2017. Ida is an organisation that works to disseminate patient-centered hearing rehabilitation globally and that develops tools to empower and support people with hearing impairment in their process of recognition and treatment.