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10/28/2018  |   10:45 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Kramer Lecture Theater 3

The Global Audiology Initiative: An African Tale

The Global Audiology initiative (www.globalaudiology.org) aims to promote the understanding of Audiology education and practice across the globe. It strives to improve communication between audiologists and those interested in hearing healthcare, by connecting stakeholders in hearing healthcare across the world and ultimately facilitating the development of uniform audiological practice standards. Five regional resource editors have been appointed to represent America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Africa, as defined by the United Nations. While information for several countries has already been populated, information for the African region is significantly lacking. This presentation will provide delegates with an update on the African database and feedback from those countries that have participated in the initiative thus far. The need for increased involvement and information from hearing healthcare professionals involved in projects and hearing health services in Africa is paramount.

  • To understand the mission, vision and structure of the Global Audiology initiative
  • To increase awareness of the lack of hearing healthcare resources across Africa
  • To encourage maximum involvement by African delegates in the Global Audiology initiative

Presentation:
18607_10098ShannonO'Leary (née Kruyt).pdf

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Shannon O'Leary (née Kruyt) (Primary Presenter), HearInAfrica, shannon@hearinafrica.com;
Shannon is an audiologist and speech/language pathologist born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa. Having worked in a diverse range of private and public healthcare environments across Africa and in the United Kingdom, Shannon is passionate about improving community-based audiology services. Her main focus is on the crisis of hearing loss in Africa and the associated shortage of audiologists on the continent. She is the owner of HearInAfrica, an independent centre of audiology excellence, which provides a range of conventional and community-based hearing healthcare services. Shannon has a particular interest in tele-audiology and enjoys creating new clinical models to better serve under resourced communities across Africa.

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Bhavisha Parmar (Co-Presenter), Sound Seekers , Bhavisha@sound-Seekers.org.uk;
Bhavisha Parmar is a practising audiologist and has since worked extensively with both the adult and paediatric populations. After completing volunteer projects in rural India with Raleigh International and an MSc in Advanced Audiology in 2016, Bhavisha was inspired to link her passion of audiology and development work. This lead her to volunteer with Sound Seekers in 2017 for one year in Zambia, where she set up the first Children’s Hearing Clinic in the country. She is currently the paediatric audiology team lead within a London based clinic whilst completing a PhD investigating the assessment of spatial hearing and optimisation of hearing devices. Bhavisha continues to volunteer for Sound Seekers as the Special Advisor (Audiology) to provide technical and clinical advice and support for all projects.
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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


      AAA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.