Concerned with the urgent need for ear-and hearing care follow-up services after a hearing aid mission in 2012 at the Ndlovu Care Group clinic, Dr Karin Joubert, senior lecturer of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology Department of the University of Witwatersrand, was invited to assess the situation at Elandsdoorn. Not long afterwards, in January 2014, The Ndlovu Wits Audiology Clinic became a reality when funding was granted for the implementation of the Audiology Project.
The Ndlovu Wits Audiology clinic uses its comprehensive resources and expertise to reduce the negative impact of hearing impairment on the health lifestyle and communicative abilities of hearing impaired individuals and their families through the:
· prevention of the onset of ear and hearing problems with regular community education programs on ear an hearing health;
· early identification and management of ear and hearing problems by offering neonatal hearing screening services (at five clinics in the Elandsdoorn vicinity), school screening, ototoxicity monitoring of HIV/AIDS and TB patients of the NCG clinics as well as diagnostic assessments.
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