More than three million South Africans suffer from permanent, disabling hearing loss. Some might not even be aware of this. Until now. Anyone in South Africa with access to a smart phone and a set of headphones, can now test their own hearing with a clinically valid hearing test app, hearZA™. This proudly SA app was developed and validated by researchers at the University of Pretoria. It is available to download on both the Android and iOS operating systems free of charge. This service has the vision to impact the 1.2 billion globally who suffer hearing difficulties through affordable access and linkage to hearing health.
Follow these few simple steps to better hearing:
- SIMPLE & EASY-TO-USE
Download the app free of charge on all Android & iOS smartphones and use any headphone set.
- DO THE 2 MINUTE TEST
You will receive your test results immediately after the hearing screening of only 2 minutes. The results will be reported to you on your smartphone and can be viewed on your profile as well.
- RECEIVE ACCURATE RESULTS
The app was developed and clinically validated by the University of Pretoria
- KEEP SCORE
You can keep track of your hearing score. If your results from the hearZA™ indicates a score below normal you should make an appointment for a hearing evaluation at a certified hearing healthcare provider.
- MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
The app will link users diagnosed with a hearing problem to their closest hearing healthcare providers, based on geolocation through their smart phones.
- CHALLENGE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Challenge your friends and family with the hashtag #CanYouHearThat challenge and make them aware of the free service.
The theme for World Hearing Day 2017 is “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” draws attention to the economic impact of hearing loss.