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Hearing problems can go undetected in children for many years and affect their learning outcomes and wellbeing. While 32 million children worldwide suffer from hearing impairment, the World Health Organisation estimates that 60% of childhood hearing loss could be prevented.
The “hearScreen” app, developed in South Africa, has a range of features to make clinically valid hearing tests, captures and manages data to be reviewed by an audiologist. Given the expense of traditional hearing screenings, hearScreen is a health care solution driven by community-based access. Healthcare workers can administer the test and the results are sent via SMS and email to parents. For children whose results suggest they need a referral to an audiologist, hearScreen links parents with local healthcare providers.
Originating at the University of Pretoria, the app isnow used in over 35 countries to diagnose hearing loss among children. Almost 40,000 tests have been conducted with the app and over 7,000 children have been referred to specialists to find solutions to their hearing loss or to prevent further deterioration.