More than 10 percent of the population in Israel suffers from hearing loss. Every third person above the age of 65 is hard of hearing. Hearing loss affects all levels of society and causes difficulties in socialization and communication. The obstacles to coping with hearing loss include shame and denial. Hearing loss interferes with one?s ability to communicate with the surrounding environment, thus disturbing all aspects of life.

?Bekol?, founded in 1997, is the only organization in Israel founded and managed by people who are hard of hearing. The organization works actively to improve and advance the quality of life of hard of hearing people ages 18 and above. Our work includes lobbying for laws to improve accessibility, promoting the rights of the hard of hearing people, removing the barrier of shame surrounding hearing loss, and encouraging and providing tools for the hard of hearing people to cope with hearing loss.