Startup Story

In South African 3.2 million people suffer from disabling hearing loss (WHO, 2013). Globally it amounts to 360 million people. In 2030 hearing loss will be the 7th most important contributor to the Global Burden of Disease above HIV/AIDS and TB (WHO, 2004).

Prof De Wet Swanepoel – Lead-inventor and co-founder of hearScreen. De Wet is professor of audiology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, senior research fellow at the Ear Science Institute Australia with adjunct positions at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Western Australia. What drives De Wet is to see access to ear and hearing health reach the millions who need it. His research and work capitalises on the growth in information and communication technologies to explore, develop and evaluate innovative solutions to improve ear and hearing health care access.

Dr Herman Myburgh – Computer engineer specialising in wireless communication systems, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, and mobile health. Herman is the co-inventor and co-founder of hearScreen and has a position at the University of Pretoria, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.