TETFund-sponsored researchers get global recognition for developing hearing aid

Hearing aid developed by Nigerian researchers under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Alliance for Innovative Research (TETFAIR) programme has begun to attract global recognition, named, “Chord Hearing Device”.

It was developed by a team under the TETFAIR initiative, which recently got opportunity for exhibition at the prestigious Sheba ARC (Accelerate, Redesign, Collaborate) Global Entrepreneurship Programme.

This was disclosed Thursday in Abuja by TETFund’s Director of Public Affairs, Abdulmumin Oniyangi.

Oniyangi said the hearing aid is a self-programmable device developed by a team of Nigerian academics.

“The hearing device is an innovative, affordable, and self-programmable hearing aid developed by Dr. Adebolajo Adeyemo and his team (Team 12) comprising Associate Professor Bolanle Oladejo and Dr. Oluwasola Adeniji), all from the University of Ibadan.

“The Team was selected to participate in TETFAIR based on its idea for a solution to the challenge of affordable and accessible hearing aid devices in Nigeria.

“Since the inception of TETFAIR, with the support of innovation, technology and venture creation experts, the team has made significant progress with the completion of the development of the first prototype, which is now being tested with users, as part of the proof-of-concept phase of TETFAIR,” Oniyangi said.

He said Dr. Adeyemo represented the team at the ARC Programme, where for 12 weeks, 29 startups from Israel, USA, Germany, Japan, Colombia, Nigeria, South Africa and Australia worked on finding solutions to pressing healthcare challenges.

“Based on the viability of his idea and good impression, Dr. Adeyemo was selected among 11 healthcare researchers from five continents to present their innovation to investors and experts at the final event of the Sheba ARC Global Entrepreneurship programme, held in Israel.

“Eventually, his innovation and pitch led him to also being selected among the 3 startups that presented their innovations at the ARC Global Summit in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2023.”