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Amplification and aural rehabilitation in resource-constrained environments

  • C Rutherford (a1) and L Petersen (a2)

This article attempts to highlight the challenges and possibilities for hearing healthcare through technology and aural rehabilitation in a resource-constrained setting, using South Africa as an example.

Results and conclusion

The authors argue that it is possible to enhance service delivery by using free resources and maximising the limited existing resources. In order to provide a sustainable hearing healthcare service in developing countries, it is pertinent to understand the context where the services are needed, and not just adopt an approach developed for a different context. Audiologists in such settings need to employ strategies to develop context-specific tools, and adapt existing tools to serve the needs of the local population. Some examples, although not exhaustive, are provided in the article.

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Author for correspondence: Dr Cherilee Rutherford, Ida Institute, 98 Egebaekvej, Naerum 2850, Denmark E-mail:
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