More than 1,600 children in Tembisa outside Johannesburg, South Africa, have benefited from on-site audiology screening thanks to a partnership between South African healthcare innovator eMoyo Technologies, and Entheos Hearing Connection, a US-based NGO.
The collaboration is part of Entheos’ global ‘Hearing the Call’ initiative, which provides hearing healthcare in nine countries including Zambia, Mozambique, Lebanon, Jordan, West Bank, Ecuador, Guatemala and Turks and Caicos, and now South Africa. The team is made up of audiologists and volunteers from all over the United States who give their time and talent to help build sustainable interventions in hearing and related healthcare issues.
The Tembisa ‘Hearing the Call’ project used eMoyo’s KUDUwave™ mobile audiology testing and diagnostic device, which combines the sound booth, audiometer and headset typically used by audiologists into a single, portable solution.
Of the children screened through the drive, 319 children had impacted ear-wax removed. This in itself improved their hearing significantly, but it’s also a strong indicator that there’s a further need for more attentive primary health care in this community.
Forty children were identified with an immediate need, and referred to doctors or specialists for further treatment, while one hearing-impaired child’s life was changed with the fitting of a hearing aid.
Nora Stewart, founder of ‘Hearing the Call’ :
“We are honoured and thankful to have the opportunity to work with eMoyo and the South African government. For kids, hearing is important for language development and connecting with family and friends. South Africa is a beautiful country but even more beautiful is the spirit of the people. We are grateful to be here and partnering with eMoyo.”
Dr Dirk Koekemoer, founder and CEO of eMoyo, adds that this project highlights the importance and relevance of mobile audiology screening capabilities.
“It would simply not have been possible to transport all of these children to one of Johannesburg’s audiology sound booths, nor would it have been practical to transport a soundbooth to where they are. Taking the screening to where the children are means that we can reach underprivileged communities and identify the cases that needed next-level care. At the same time, valuable education time is not lost by being out of school or not being able to hear the teacher.”