Gown versus town relationship in hearing health: Implication for international best practices in hearing health practices in Africa
Keywords:Hearing healthcare, audiology, hearing impairment, international best practices, Sub-Sahara Africa
Africans are well-represented among the global population of persons with hearing impairment. Various initiatives have previously been implemented to curb the rise in the population of persons with hearing impairment. However, practice among hearing healthcare professionals according to international best standards in Africa remains a mirage. Adopting the literature review approach, this study established, among other factors, that the percentage of hearing healthcare professionals is lower than that of patients needing hearing care services. Hence, emphasis on practicing according to international best practices may be impossible. Therefore, this study advanced some recommendations that would foster hearing healthcare practice in Africa that is in tune with internationally acceptable standards of operation.
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