The Department of Speech-Language, Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria is hosting a mHealth Solutions in Ear and Hearing Care Symposium to showcase mHealth solutions developed by the university.
Disabling hearing loss is an invisible epidemic that is affecting more than 3 million South Africans. With only one hearing health provider for every million people in sub-Saharan Africa, most have no access to care.
The University of Pretoria has been at the forefront of developing mHealth solutions in hearing screening, audiometry, diagnosis of ear disease and new community-based models of care.
The upcoming world-first symposium hosted at the University of Pretoria will showcase mHealth research dedicated to ear and hearing health solutions.
“mHealth solutions for ear and hearing care are becoming powerful tools to revolutionise access, quality and affordability,” said Lead-inventor and Co-founder of hearScreen, Professor De Wet Swanepoel.
“The goal of the symposium is to highlight the increased impetus to capitalise on technology and connectivity in the fight against hearing loss, the 5th leading contributor to the Global Burden of Disease,” continued Prof Swanepoel.
Leading international scholar, Prof Robert Eikelboom from the Ear Science Institute Australia and the University of Western Australia, will be the keynote presenter followed by a research showcase of mHealth solutions developed at the University of Pretoria. Other speakers include Prof Swanepoel; Dr Herman Myburgh; Dr Faheema Mahomed-Asmail; and Dr Marianne van Zyl.
Those who are invited and expected to attend include the Department of Health (DoH) and Department of Basic Education (DBE) representatives; stakeholders in health, education and occupational health and safety; NGO’s; professional societies; audiology students; University of Pretoria staff; audiologists; and other strategic partners.