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Audiology training for better care

In Nicaragua there is only one trained audiologist in a country with around six million inhabitants. The rural population has little or no access to hearing healthcare, which is restricted to the capital city Managua. This situation is now set to improve thanks to the establishment of a national audiometry training program.

Place & Year

Nicaragua, 2014

Support

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.

The aid organization Mayflower Medical Outreach (MMO) was founded in 1999 with the aim of improving audiological care in Nicaragua. In cooperation with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinics and audiology centers are being set up and equipped in rural areas. With financial support from the Hear the World Foundation, MMO is now also planning to launch a training program to train up a local audiometry team. Audiometry, which is also often called hearing testing, is a subdiscipline of audiology and refers to various diagnostic methods used to test hearing sensitivity.

Establishing local expertise

The audiometry training program runs for two years and teaches participants both theory and practical skills. The program is supervised and supported by experienced audiologists. Once they have completed the program, the trainees are deployed to rural audiology centers to help ensure that people living outside the capital city can obtain access to professional audiological care in the future.