Hearing Care for All

To support the aims of the WHO's first World Report on Hearing "Hearing Care for All: Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate (released 3rd March 2021) the World Hearing Forum Changemakers Working Group fulfilled a request from the WHO's programme on Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss to sponsor a story telling video to raise awareness of hearing loss, address stigma and promote more inclusive societies to improve the health and wellbeing of people with hearing loss. This video illustrates challenges facing people with hearing loss and how these are overcome through inclusion and support and the courage of those impacted. The film was produced by Ms Alana Nichols of the Children's Hearing Foundation. The WHO programme contact who helped guide the messaging is Dr Shelly Chadha,Technical lead for Ear and Hearing Care, WHO Department Noncommunicable Diseases,

  • Alana Nichols
  • Alana Nichols
  • Warren Snipe
    Key Cast
    "Wa Wa"
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa, United States
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Director Biography - Alana Nichols

About Alana
Born with a common cavity malformation in both ears which resulted in profound hearing loss, Alana underwent an experimental cochlea implant surgery in Australia at the age of two and half. Through intensive childhood verbal therapy at CHF, Alana was able to learn how to listen and speak.

Alana is now the host of a travel show, Follow Alana, and aspires to use film making as a powerful tool to impact positive change in the world. When she is not filming, Alana is an active advocate for ear and hearing care. Setting herself as an example, Alana encourages and reminds those who are deaf or hard of hearing to embrace who they are to the fullest and never give up.

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Director Statement

Every day, I’m challenged by my unique hearing and communication needs. I’ve had trouble talking to taxi drivers, listening on the phone, and understanding conversations in noisy environments. At school, I struggled to hear my teachers and took measures to advocate for my needs such as sitting in the front of the class and frequently asking questions.

My advice to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing is to accept yourself for who you are and find peers who will do the same. Then, with help from them and family if possible, live each day without giving up.”