An ear screening device, ‘Son’Or’ has been invented in Cameroon.Dr. Ngounou Guy Merlin is the inventor of the groundbreaking device that screens children from 0-2 years for deafness.
Son’Or has comes in two sizes .
The smaller device rapidly detects the presence of Auto Acoustic Emissions in two minutes.
The bigger version detects an in-depth Audio-Brain Response in 10-30 minutes.
The invention is the result of a PhD project, sponsored by Societe Generale de surveillance (SGS).
‘ Son’Or’: the timely medical invention
Public health experts reveal that just 1% of hospitals in Cameroon are equiped with ear screening devices.
Evenmore, the few equipment available in hospitals are not properly maintained .
This scarcity explains why kids are hardly screened for deafness at birth.
‘Son’Or’ will now ensure a systematic screening of new borns in hospitals .
Dr Ngounou Guy Merlin is working with the Ministry of health to supply the device to all hospitals in Cameroon.
Dr Guy has also set up a small unit, “Bendo” to
accompany hospital staff who will be using the device.
Kathy Neba Sina