Preventive audiology: An African perspective

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Katijah Khoza-Shangase


This book is an original scholarly book that introduces the concept of preventive audiology, with a specific focus on the African context, which is in line with the South African re-engineered primary healthcare strategy as well as the World Health Organisation’s approach. The book reflects on contextually relevant and responsive evidence-based perspectives, grounded in an African context on preventive audiology, in four major ear and hearing burdens of disease within the South African context: (1) early hearing detection and intervention, (2) middle ear pathologies, (3) ototoxicity, and (4) noise-induced hearing loss. The book represents innovative research, seen from both a South African and global perspective. It offers new discourse and argues for a paradigm shift in how audiology is theorised and performed, particularly in low-and-middle-income country contexts. The goal of this book is to motivate a paradigm shift in how ear and hearing care is approached within this low-and-middle-income country context while arguing for Afrocentric best practice evidence that leads to next practice.


  • Chapter 1
    Preventive audiology: Ramping up efforts towards an ear-and-hearing healthy nation
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 2
    Tele-audiology and preventive audiology: A capacity versus demand challenge imperative in South Africa
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Ben Sebothoma
  • Chapter 3
    Tele-audiology within the African school context: Opportunities, challenges and proposed solutions
    Samantha Govender
  • Chapter 4
    Community-based audiology services: An effective strategy for the prevention of hearing loss in rural communities
    Karin Joubert
  • Chapter 5
    Preventing middle ear pathologies in the South African context: A proposed programmatic approach
    Ben Sebothoma, Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 6
    Ototoxicity vigilance as a preventive audiology imperative within the African context: Pharmaco-audiology explored
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 7
    The earlier the better: Framing EHDI within preventive audiology
    Amisha Kanji
  • Chapter 8
    Early hearing detection and intervention: Considering the role of caregivers as key co-drivers within the African context
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 9
    Preventive audiology in the context of deafblindness
    Nomfundo F Moroe, Khetsiwe P Masuku
  • Chapter 10
    Economic evaluation of EHDI programmes in South Africa: Putting EHDI on the political advocacy and resource allocation agenda
    Ntsako P Maluleke
  • Chapter 11
    Early detection and management of occupational and environmental noise
    Nomfundo F Moroe
  • Chapter 12
    Occupational noise-induced hearing loss and preventive audiology: Using contemporary evidence to achieve zero-ear harm in South African mines
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 13
    Machine learning models: Predictive tools for occupational noise-induced hearing loss in the South African mining industry
    Liepollo Ntlhakana, Katijah Khoza-Shangase


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