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Comprehensive audiological care

Sound Seekers is an organization that focuses on supporting children with hearing loss in the poorest parts of Africa. With the help of the Hear the World Foundation, plans are now in place to build an audiological center in southern Malawi where people can receive comprehensive, sustainable audiological care on site.

Place & Year

Malawi, 2014

Project Partners

Sound Seekers

Support

Technology Funding

Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

In children, untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences, particularly in developing countries like Malawi: delays in development, social isolation and problems at school are not uncommon. Sound Seekers is hoping to change this situation by setting up a comprehensive audiological center at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the southern Malawian city of BlantyreIn the future they plan  to offer services such as newborn hearing screenings, audiological treatment for children and adults, and the production of earpieces.

Training a local team to provide sustainable care

Hear the World is proud to be working in co-operation with a group of supporters of this project. Everyone has a part to play. Some donors are focusing on building and equipping the audiological center, and the funding from the Hear the World Foundation will be put towards training up a local team. Two selected local experts are undergoing a one-year training program in clinical audiology in the UK. When they return to Malawi, they will then spend another year under the instruction and supervision of an experienced audiologist. Other local professionals will also receive audiological training. The purpose of this is to build up a highly qualified Malawian team that can run the audiological center reliably and independently. This is the only way to ensure that audiological care can be provided on a sustainable basis for the people in the region.