A hearing test developed in South Africa is heading to the International Space Station.
Business Insider SA Tech’s article on February 20, 2021 states: “A made-in-SA hearing test is about to launch to the ISS, after makers ‘create our own luck’” by Phillip de Wet.
South Africa company eMoyo says it made its KUDUwave boothless audiometer to be tough and portable, and it required only slight modifications to be made ready for space.
As for getting its gear into space, that was a process of making its own luck.
Space is noisy, and preventing hearing loss among astronauts has been one of the key medical priorities for Nasa for decades. The KUDUwave was built to be small, robust and easy to use. Critically, and eMoyo says unique at its diagnostic level, it was also designed to offer tympanometry, which measures the functioning of the middle-ear, without the need for an audio booth.
That has proven handy in the coronavirus pandemic, allowing for open-air hearing tests – and is an advantage on a mission to space where space is severely constrained.
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