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10/27/2018  |   10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Kramer Lecture Theater 3

The Role of Online Education in the Expansion of Audiological Services in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent. Hearing impairment is one of the most common reported disabilities in Ethiopia, a country also characterised by a severe shortage of ENT and audiological services and resources. Many medical professionals are involved in various humanitarian projects in Ethiopia but the challenge with this is that services and resources are not sustainable and continuously available. Development of online learning programs are making it possible for many people across Africa to engage in educational opportunities that previously would have been impossible. The purpose of this study therefore was to determine whether medical doctors consider online education as a viable means to expand audiological service delivery in Ethiopia. A survey research design was implemented to determine if medical doctors, whom are currently working in Ethiopia, consider online training in the field of audiology as a method to expand hearing health care services in Ethiopia. Results indicate that although reliable internet connection might be a challenge, the majority of participants are confident that an online training program in audiology will benefit service delivery and expand audiological services in Ethiopia. An ongoing, online training program is also considered as a means of addressing the need for sustainable service delivery and a manner in which the level of knowledge and skills of current professionals can be expanded. Although most of the participants are positive regarding online audiological training, they do feel that online training alone would not be sufficient and that such a program should incorporate a practical component as well. Online education in hearing health care can assist with the expansion of audiological service delivery in Ethiopia and further research should be performed to determine the components of such a program.

  • Current status of hearing health care in Ethiopia
  • Online training in Audiology as a means to improve hearing health care services
  • Components of an online training program in Audiology


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Marinda Uys (POC,Primary Presenter,Author), Eduplex Training Institute ,;
Marinda Uys is an audiologist and speech-language therapist with a Doctoral degree in Audiology. She has more than 12 years’ experience in working in private practice and was involved in several local and international research projects.


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Elme Selesho (Co-Author), Eduplex Training Institute,;
Elme Selesho is an audiologist who started her career at the Ear Institute, the largest hearing health care services company in sub-Sahara Africa. She has a passion for education and has spent the last 6 years in developing, editing and presenting various training programmes to students from all over the world. She has dedicated the past 2 years of her work in developing the curriculum and programmes for the Eduplex Training Institute (ETI). ETI is a non-profit online training institution that focusses on developing and managing programmes relating to hearing health care and education of children with hearing loss. Elmé Selesho is currently preparing to register for her Master’s in Education with the University of Pretoria which will focus on online education within the field of audiology.

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