With Singapore’s population ageing, there will be a growing demand for audiology services. According to the National Health Survey of 2010, one in five Singaporeans aged 50 to 59, and one in four between the ages of 60 to 69 already suffer from hearing impairment. Hearing impairment reduces communication, work and socialisation options. It is also linked to depression, memory loss and dementia.
As such, the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine recently launched the inaugural NUS Master of Science in Audiology degree course with key donor, Siemens Medical Instruments. The post-graduate Audiology programme, administered by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Division of Graduate Medical Studies, aims to increase the pool of homegrown audiologists. Eighteen students have enrolled in the course, which began in August 2013. NUS has plans to further increase this intake to 30 students per cohort.