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.
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Project PartnersSound Seekers
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.