Services offered by Physicians
Otolaryngologists offer ear care services in hospitals in Ethiopia. All of these professionals have received their training in Addis Ababa (Black Lion, Yekatit 12, and St Paul’s Millennium Hospital). Medical doctors that had their medical training outside Addis Ababa sign a contract to go back to their primary university and practice otolaryngology outside the capital city. However, 80% of ENT care is facilitated in the capital city.
Due to the lack of a certified audiologist in Ethiopia, we are not aware of any special service in deaf schools, private and public areas provided by an audiologist. We are not aware of special clinics that focus on tinnitus management; vestibular assessment and auditory processing disorders.
There is a hearing aid specialist in Addis Ababa, that works with the Starkey foundation. Hearing aid supplies in private practice comes from Sudan.
Ethiopia had no neonatal screening. There are also no services provided for children from birth to three. Due to lack of training, the hearing aid specialists do not feel comfortable working with this population.
Limited mobile services are only being provided by organizations (from The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States) on a volunteer basis.