For the past three summers the Hearing for Humanity program at Arizona State University has been sending students from its doctor of audiology program and undergraduate programs in speech and hearing science to Africa. This summer the largest contingent in the program’s history is in Malawi testing patients for hearing loss and crafting molds for hearing aids. Two clinical audiologists, two faculty members, and 11 graduate and undergraduate students are spending five weeks in Africa.
The students and faculty from Arizona State work alongside faculty and audiology students in Malawi where this is a high rate of preventable hearing loss, which can be caused by malaria, meningitis, and untreated ear infections.
The group’s blog about their experiences in Africa may be viewed here.