Sunday, 3 March marks World Hearing Day 2019 in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO). This year, WHO will draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realise that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.
Hearing loss is an often-overlooked condition, with more than three million South Africans suffering from permanent, disabling hearing loss.
hearX Group, a South African tech start-up, commercialised from the University of Pretoria, has created South Africa’s very own clinically validated hearing screening app, hearZA, which is free of charge and can assist South Africans with the identification of hearing problems. hearZA was developed to be accessible to any South African with a smartphone (Android or iOS) and any pair of earphones regardless of income level. By detecting hearing loss at an early stage, hearZA can link people to their closest audiologist based on geolocation, in partnership with the South African Audiology Association and South African Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
In partnership with Vodacom, hearZA has sourced Samsung (Android) smartphones, all equipped with Vodacom SIMs. Data...