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The hearScreen app, developed in South Africa, has a range of features to make clinically valid hearing tests, capturing and managing data to be reviewed by an audiologist. While traditional hearing screenings can be highly expensive, hearScreen is a health care solution that allows 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 that they need a referral to an audiologist, hearScreen links parents with local healthcare providers. Originating at the University of Pretoria, the app is now used in more than 35 countries to diagnose hearing loss among children. Thanks to the tests, thousands of children have been referred to specialists to find solutions to their hearing loss or to prevent further deterioration.