Turning up the volume on hearing loss in South Africa

Shazia Peer


Increasing awareness and raising advocacy are key to addressing the problem of hearing loss in South Africa. The challenge in addressing what is a global burden lies not only in early identification in high-risk groups (both children and adults), but also in the provision of early interventions.

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Shazia Peer, Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Canada

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Hearing loss; Cochlear implants; Hearing aids; Developing world; Presbycusis; EDHI; Hearing screening; Ototoxicity

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(1):31-32. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9218

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-12-01
Date published: 2014-12-02

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