Boost for hearing loss patients

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TRAUMA Centre Hospital’s initiative to introduce medical health tourism will this week see the arrival of a team of Denmark experts who deal with audiometry.

BY SENIOR REPORTER

They will examine hearing loss patients using the world’s latest ear treatment equipment.

The team will be in the country for two weeks.

The visit by the Denmark experts followed the recently successfully performed hip-and-knee replacement surgery on a Danish national at the private health institution.
According to the hospital’s major shareholder, Dr Vivek Solanki, the Danish team, led by Dr Jenny Nesgaard Pederson of Audiovannah, will focus on the ear problems and the equipment to be used has already been installed at the hospital where the services would continue to be provided to both the locals and foreigners.

“This team of experts is attending to hearing losses and providing hearing aids, in fact, we are furthering our medical relationship with the medical sector between Denmark and Zimbabwe,” Solanki said.

Commenting on the exercise and the services to be provided, Dr Pederson said: “Over 5% of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss.

That hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than 40 decibels (dB) in the better hearing ear in adults and a hearing loss greater than 30dB in the better hearing ear in children. The majority of these people live in low and middle-income countries. Approximately one-third of people over 65 years of age are affected by disabling hearing loss.

“The prevalence in this age group is greatest in South Asia, Asia Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe or profound. It leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud sounds.

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