Aural Education for
the Hearing Impaired (AURED)
Registration No: E13546/BOM
was one of the first students to work with Ms. Hydari. In
addition to being profoundly deaf, he suffered from
several other medical problems, as well. Over time,
he began to develop his hearing with the use of a Hearing
Aid and therapy. While struggling to overcome his
deafness, he underwent several surgeries to also treat his
other medical issues. He persevered and his efforts
Today, he is able to speak on the telephone, drive a car,
and maintain employment. He can often be seen at the
Aured centre, visiting his long time teacher and inspiring
the current children and their parents.
Rakesh started life surrounded by silence. Through his
efforts, those of his family, and the guidance of Aured's
therapists, he is able to enjoy the wonders of the hearing
Vision: To provide therapies allowing
hearing impaired children to function as hearing
Mission: To integrate hearing impaired
children to become independent, participating,
contributing citizens in mainstream society using
Auditory Verbal Therapy and family participation.
About us: Aured works to integrate
hearing impaired children to become independent,
participating, contributing citizens in mainstream
society. This is done using a very specialized method
called Auditory Verbal Approach, which teaches a child
to listen and speak by making use of every bit of
hearing it may have. The basic idea is to equip these
children to function in a hearing world as normally as
95% of severely to profoundly deaf people have a degree
of residual hearing. With this in mind, AVA
emphasizes the development of hearing and speaking
skills and the steady use of appropriate hearing aids/
cochlear implants to help children develop confidence in
their ability to rely on their residual hearing and to
integrate themselves into a hearing world. Typical
hearing aids as well as cochlear implants aid the
children. A cochlear implant is an electronic
device designed to help severely to profoundly deaf
individuals who gain little or no benefit from hearing
aids. It consists of two main parts: an internal
implanted part called the implant, and external part
knows as the speech processor. However, due to the
prohibitive cost of cochlear implants, Aured's students
comprise both hearing aid and cochlear implant users.
Children take part in one-on-one teaching sessions.
Their spectrum of hearing is tested and focus is given
to developing their residual hearing. No sign
language or lip reading is used. Parents are
required to sit in on teaching sessions to carry the
activities back to the home. The children learn to
interpret the sounds they hear, forming their ability to
integrate into regular mainstream schools, activities
Fees are charged on a sliding scale, but since the
majority of children come from impoverished backgrounds,
the income generated is minimal. Aured survives
almost entirely on donations of money and equipment.
Services: Audiological assessment,
One-one therapy session with children (parent included),
Rehabilitation post-cochlear implant surgery
Impact: 100 children currently enrolled:
70 are cochlear implant recipients, 40 are outstation
History: Aured was founded in 1986 by
Aziza T. Hydari to work with severely and profoundly deaf
children using the Auditory-Verbal Approach (AVA).
This was in answer to Ms. Hydari's discovery that children
in India with residual hearing were not receiving the
education and training that would allow them to make the
best possible use of their capacities. She turned
her 17 years' teaching experience with hearing impaired
children to the endeavor of Aured.
Over the last 19 years, Aured has grown from 3 students in
the back room of an apartment to over 100 enrolled
students in a bungalow at Mumbai's King George Memorial
Trust. Of the 40 outstation children, 11 countries are
represented with families travelling internationally to
avail Aured's expertise.
Achievements: Aured is happy to report a
100% integration rate of its students into the mainstream
school system. Severely to profoundly deaf children
are able to develop their residual hearing to a high
enough degree to take part in classroom education as a
hearing member of the class. Some Aured students
have gone on to achieve university degrees, as well.
Over the course of work at Aured, teaching aids of
international standards have been developed.
Additionally, an advanced mapping technique has been
developed by Ms. Hydari which has allowed for acceleration
of recognition of weak frequencies within residual
What is it that you exactly do for a beneficiary?
- Provide education to hearing impaired children from
- Provide equipment, travel assistance, and quality
therapy, especially to those who cannot afford it.
- Integrate hearing impaired students into mainstream
- Offer support to parents and families in participating
in their child's learning process.
- Evolve teaching aids and update teaching techniques.
- Document and share our experiences.
Yearly Budget: Rs. 16 L
Revenue Sources: Individual donors, Rangoonwala Foundation
Corporates can adopt us at yearly sponsorship of Rs. 10 L
full time: 5
part time: 9
Services needed: no
Advisors / Mentors needed: no
Jobs Available: no
Donation possibilities: - Sponsor nutrition to children
attending therapy sessions: Rs500/mo.
- Sponsor equipment (implant/hearing aid batteries): Rs
Aural Education for the Hearing Impaired (AURED)
King George Vth Memorial,
Dr. E. Moses Road,
Phone: (22) 2604 8798
Contact: Ms. Aziza Tyabji-Hydari
cell: 9820194853 (best time to call: 10a-7p)
Trustees: Aziza Tyabji-Hydari, Kumud
Sheila Naharwar, others on request