Sound Seekers

Sound Seekers HARK! (Hearing Assessment and Treatment Centres) Programme.

Sound Seekers HARK! projects, have been delivered to communities in Uganda, Lesotho, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tamil Nadu, India, and are based on a replicable model that has worked successfully over the past 13 years.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1013870)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

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One of the key services we deliver is the HARK! (Hearing Assessment and Research Centre) mobile earcare clinics which deliver outreach audiology and ear disease treatment services as part of community healthcare programmes amongst the isolated rural poor communities. Sound Seekers provide a mobile clinic, lab and testing room with all necessary equipment and recruit and train a team of local medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses and technicians. HARK! programmes are always established in collaboration with local health authorities, with Sound Seekers supporting each HARK! programme for three to five years before it becomes fully integrated into the local health service to ensure future sustainability. Each HARK! has the capacity to benefit up to 10,000 people per year, screening for hearing loss and debilitating ear disease, treatment of disease, referral to hospital for surgery, referral to school for deaf children, dissemination of advice and information about how to care for one’s hearing and provision of hearing aids. To establish and support each HARK! project costs in the region of £200k, which includes the vehicle and equipment costs, and earmould laboratory; training and monitoring and evaluation. We are currently supporting HARK! projects in Tanzania, Ghana, Pune and The Gambia, and we are about to launch the service in Cameroon and Zambia.

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