Audiology Commemorates Deaf Awareness Week
UKZN’s final-year Audiology students hosted a deaf awareness campaign at Palmiet Primary School in Durban to commemorate Deaf Awareness Week.
The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to promote understanding of deafness, and highlight deaf people’s accomplishments and the challenges they confront. It is dedicated to educating the public about hearing loss, deafness, deaf culture and sign language.
Themed: Find Your Sign, the campaign aimed to raise awareness among educators about hearing loss.
This included the definition of hearing loss; the difference between being deaf and hard of hearing; causes, types and symptoms of hearing loss; its impact on a child’s communication, learning, and social interaction or behaviour; what to do when one suspects hearing loss in a child; educational options and settings for a child with hearing loss and how to manage the child in the classroom.
The students prepared a PowerPoint presentation and also handed out pamphlets.
The teachers welcomed the event, saying they learnt a lot.
The students have thus far raised R6 000 towards the purchase of hearing aids.
Student Ms Nolwazi Mthembu said that the event was originally planned as a virtual one due to COVID-19, but this changed at the last minute. On behalf of the student team, she expressed their thanks to UKZN, the School of Health Sciences and their supervisors in Audiology as well as their fellow students who ensured that the campaign was successful.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini