Real Estate Firm Diversifies Operations to Venture into Treating Hearing Impairment
Real estate firm Myspace has partnered with ear doctors at IncusEar Hearing and ENT Centre to offer full range of diagnostic audiological evaluations and treatment for the hearing impaired.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer Mwenda Thuraira says it is diversifying from just focusing on return on investment to appreciating and tackling social problems.
The Nairobi-based property firm has tapped Richard Mwangi, an audiology at Doctors of Hearing Healthcare to spearhead the project.
Dr. Mwangi has a vast experience of 15 years, providing a full range of diagnostic audiological evaluations and treatment for hearing impairment patients.
He is a correspondent in the American Journal of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and has authored several articles on hearing healthcare.
He holds a master’s degree in clinical audiology and hearing therapy from Isabel I De Castilla Buros, Spain.
“He spearheads this partnership and is on the road to ensure Kenyans who cannot secure good hearing healthcare due to financial strains are catered for,” Myspace said in a statement.
The partnership comes amid findings that most hearing problems in Kenya go unchecked.
A study conducted in the country by the International Journal of Science and Research in 2019 found that though profound hearing disability is the most prevalent, some children attending mainstream schools who were believed to have no disorder were found to have a slight hearing impairment.
Globally, a study by Stevens et al., found that the prevalence of hearing disability in 2013 was 1.4 percent in children aged between 5 – 14 years, 9.8 percent in females, and 12.2 percent in males.
Another study published in 2012 by the World Health Organization revealed a prevalence of disabling hearing loss in children in sub-Saharan Africa to be 1.9 percent, versus 0.4 percent in high-income countries.
According to WHO early diagnosis and intervention for children with hearing impairment are recommended to maximize their cognitive, social-emotional, speech, and language development.