Early Detection and Intervention in Audiology

Early Detection and Intervention in Audiology

An African perspective

Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Amisha Kanji, Rachael Beswick, Juan Bornman, Aisha Casoojee


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Early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) is the gold standard for any practising audiologist, and for families of infants and children with hearing impairment. EHDI programmes aim to identify, diagnose and provide intervention to children with hearing impairment from as early as six months old (as well as those at risk for hearing impairment) to ensure they develop and achieve to their potential. Yet EHDI remains a significant challenge for Africa, and various initiatives are in place to address this gap in transferring policy into practice within the southern African context.
The diversity of factors in the southern African context presents unique challenges to teaching and research in this field, which has prompted this book project. The South African government’s heightened focus on increasing access to health care which includes ongoing Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes, make this an opportune time for establishing and documenting evidence-based research for current undergraduate and postgraduate students. Early Detection and Intervention in Audiology: An African Perspective aims to address this opportunity.
Grounded in an African context with detailed case studies, this book provides rich content that pays careful attention to contextual relevance and contextual responsiveness to both identification and intervention in hearing impairment. With diverse contributions from experts in local and international contexts, but always with an African perspective, this is textbook will be an invaluable resource for students, researchers and practitioners.


Katijah Khoza-Shangase:
Katijah Khoza-Shangase is Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.|||Amisha Kanji is Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Wits University.|||Rachael Beswick is the director of Queensland’s newborn hearing screening programme, Healthy Hearing. She completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Master’s in Audiological Studies, and PhD at the University of Queensland, and recently completed her MBA at the Queensland University of Technology.|||Juan Bornman is a professor and director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria.|||Aisha Casoojee is a lecturer in the Speech Therapy and Audiology Department in the School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.|||Rudo Chiwutsi is the current administrator in the Audiology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.|||Carlie J Driscoll is an associate professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.|||Jane Fitzgibbons is a senior audiologist with the Healthy Hearing Program in Queensland, Australia, and co-ordinates a diagnostic tele-audiology service for infants referred from newborn hearing screening in regional and remote parts of Queensland.|||Ntsako P Maluleke is an audiologist and lecturer in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria.|||Nomfundo Moroe is a senior lecturer and current head of Discipline (Audiology) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.|||

Alida Naudé is a corporate training audiologist and is a junior research fellow at the University of Pretoria.

|||Luisa Petrocchi-Bartal has lectured and supervised students in paediatric audiology for the past 10 years and is a current PhD fellow (Audiology) in early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.