SoundFest is dedicated to addressing the growing global public health problem of hearing loss and providing affordable, high-quality hearing assistance via smartphone. According to the World Health Organization, 693 million people worldwide require hearing assistance. As the world population ages, that number is expected to grow. Meanwhile, smartphones are expected to reach 70% penetration by 2016. SoundFest addresses the problem of hearing loss by leveraging the power of smartphones to deliver a hearing solution that is cost-effective, convenient and uniquely capable.