5 Big Successes of eMoyo’s Kuduwave Portable Audiometer

eMoyo’s Kuduwave portable audiometer is recognised globally as a highly accurate audiological instrument. Learn more about some recent Kuduwave successes.

In 2008, South African med tech company eMoyo launched what would become their flagship product – the Kuduwave portable audiometer.

Today this clinically validated, tele-medicine enabled audiometric device (which combines a headset, sound booth and audiometer in one state-of-the-art instrument) is used by healthcare professionals, governments, philanthropists and private sector companies around the world. The device, which has helped to revolutionise portable audiometry, is taking hearing healthcare to those in need everywhere.

Read on as we take a closer look at the Kuduwave portable audiometer’s most recent major successes – locally, internationally, and even in space.

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1. eMoyo Opens First US Office: Kuduwave Portable Audiometers Now Sold Directly In United States

On 1 March 2022, Kuduwave manufacturer eMoyo realised a long-held dream by opening a United States office in Wilmington, Delaware.

This means that it will now be possible for the med-tech company to service US clients more efficiently and affordably. Existing Kuduwave users in the US can now have their devices serviced and calibrated in their home country, instead of sending their devices to South Africa for calibration. This means much shorter turnaround times and greatly reduced shipping fees.

Because US Kuduwave sales are now direct, new customers in the United States will receive their Kuduwave audiometers much faster than before. Plus, shipping on all new units will be included in the device’s selling price.

Additionally, eMoyo will be opening a US Kuduwave repairs centre within the coming months. The company will also commence manufacturing of the Kuduwave portable audiometer in the United States, something that will effectively see the Kuduwave become a US product.

For more info and to find our full list of international distributors, click here.

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2. eMoyo’s Kuduwave Portable Audiometer Used by NASA Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station

It all began back in June 2018, when a NASA intern discovered South African med tech company eMoyo during an online research session. The reason for this search? The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration agency (NASA) was on the lookout for a portable diagnostic audiometer that could be used by their astronauts to conduct self-hearing tests aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

At the time, NASA had investigated several portable audiometers from all around the world. The list of criteria was long (not to mention strict!). After much consideration, it became clear that eMoyo’s Kuduwave portable audiometer was the strongest contender.

A few years of testing new prototypes followed as the commercially available Kuduwave Pro-TMP portable audiometer had to be adapted for its journey into space. What emerged was a specially adapted, extra-lightweight Kuduwave Pro audiometer. The device could provide clinical data, test middle-ear function and report on background levels via a built-in sound level meter.

“eMoyo should be proud of what they have done for NASA’s Human Space Life Program,” says Dr Richard Danielson, recently retired Manager for Audiology & Hearing Conservation, Human Health & Performance at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Read the behind-the-scenes story of the Kuduwave portable audiometer’s journey from Johannesburg, South Africa all the way to NASA’s International Space Station here.

3. Kuduwave Used By Indian Government in Nationwide NPPCD Programme

First launched by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2006/2007, India’s National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) is tasked with “early identification, diagnosis and treatment of ear problems responsible for hearing loss and deafness.” It focuses predominantly on children aged between newborn and 14 years.

Every state in India has been allocated a budget for implementing the NPPCD programme. However, in certain states, such as Karnataka, the cost of using audiometric sound booths for conducting hearing tests in remote taluks (villages) has proved prohibitively expensive as well as logistically complicated.

For this reason, the state of Karnataka has, through a tender process, procured 39 Kuduwave Pro portable audiometers to assist with reaching those in need of hearing healthcare in the most far-out reaches of the state.

Karnataka state is home to 31 districts. As per NPPCD programme guidelines, every district headquarters has one appointed audiologist, and every district headquarters oversees six or seven taluks (remote villages). Since the Kuduwave is tele-audiology enabled, resident audiologists at the state’s district headquarters are now able to test and diagnose village residents’ hearing remotely.

The telemedicine-enabled Kuduwave portable audiometer is simple to use and has thus proven ideal for this kind of work. Trained clinicians at village level are operating the device, while audiologists at district level are overseeing the hearing tests and diagnosing patients remotely.

4. A Transatlantic Hearing Test From Johannesburg to Bangalore

Prior to roll-out in the state of Karnataka, Kuduwave training was offered to audiologists and ENT specialists during a one-day training session at a Bangalore hotel.

According to Arshad Hussain (Ganganagar-based speech therapist who is the principal member of Hearing Healthcare Clinic AS, the organisation that was granted the government tender to supply Kuduwaves in Karnataka), during a training session for medical officers, ENT surgeons and district audiologists, some initial scepticism about the Kuduwave’s capabilities and accuracy was observed. However, after hands-on experience of using the Kuduwave, the NPPCD hearing healthcare professionals were convinced of the accuracy, efficiency and benefits of eMoyo’s Kuduwave portable audiometer.

After training concluded, a transatlantic Kuduwave hearing test was carried out by eMoyo’s resident audiologist Hlolo Ramatsoma, who is based in Johannesburg. Hlolo conducted a diagnostic hearing test on an ENT specialist in Bangalore. This, along with hands-on Kuduwave testing in peer groups, gave the NPPCD audiologists and ENT specialists at the training session even more confidence in the Kuduwave.

With the programme now well under way in Karnataka, NPPCD audiologists at district level are using their Kuduwave Pro audiometers with great results. They are screening, testing and diagnosing the hearing of patients in remote villages, making use of the device’s telemedicine functionality.

“We find that using the Kuduwave portable audiometer makes hearing screening and testing more accessible and more convenient for users and patients,” says Mr Hussain.

The Kuduwave’s versatility has also proved to be of great benefit to India’s NPPCD programme. “The Kuduwave can be used to test for ototoxicity, offers tympanometry, and is helpful in preventing cross-contamination in the time of Covid-19,” Mr Hussain added.

“It is a sturdy, quality device that is highly portable. Most importantly, we are absolutely confident that we can trust the results from this revolutionary, tele-audiology enabled audiometer.”

Learn more about India’s National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) here.

Kuduwave portable audiometer in use
The Kuduwave portable audiometer empowers you to screen and diagnose patients anywhere.

5. South African Government Uses Kuduwave Portable Audiometers to Screen Patients’ Hearing in National MDR-TB Programme

Globally, South Africa is recognised as the world leader in the field of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment. Between 2011 and 2021, the number of MDR-TB treatment initiation sites in the country expanded from 17 to 658!

The reason? Dr Norbert Ndjeka took the reins as Chief Director, TB Control and Management at SA’s National Department of Health and led the implementation of a highly effective decentralisation strategy. This included using Kuduwave portable audiometers to test the hearing of patients to monitor them for ototoxicity (irreversible hearing loss resulting from medication).

Under the stewardship of the esteemed Dr Ndjeka (who also happens to serve as Temporary Multidrug-Resistant TB Advisor for the World Health Organisation), patients who live in remote or rural areas have been able to receive treatment.

Says Dr Ndjeka: “Before 2011, prior to us using the Kuduwave portable audiometer, there was not much hearing testing done in the programme. It was simply too difficult from a logistical point of view. Tuberculosis patients residing in big cities did have access to audiologists, but only to ones who were prepared to treat them. And even this was a complicated process to negotiate. Patients living in remote areas did not have access to any sort of audiometric testing.”

Find out what motivated SA’s MDR-TB programme to start using the Kuduwave to test patients’ hearing: read our full interview with Dr Ndjeka.

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The Kuduwave portable audiometer keeps making its mark around the world, allowing users to take hearing healthcare to all those in need of it, regardless of their socio-economic status or location.

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