Prof De Wet Swanepoel
Lead Inventor and Co-founder, hearX Group
De Wet Swanepoel is professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria with adjunct positions at the University of Western Australia, and is a senior research fellow at the Ear Science Institute Australia. Prof Swanepoel’s research capitalises on the growth in information and communication technologies to explore, develop and evaluate innovative service delivery models and applied solutions to improve access to ear and hearing care. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters and has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of his work. Prof Swanepoel serves as president of the International Society of Audiology and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Audiology. He has been actively involved in research, related to early identification systems and diagnostic techniques for hearing loss and he has expanded this into the area of ear and hearing tele-health. Prof De Wet Swanepoel is the Lead Inventor and Co-Founder of the hearX Group, an award-winning startup that specialises in mobile solutions for hearing healthcare. To date, by means of these solutions, the hearX Group has screened more than 150 000 people across 25 countries globally working towards De Wet's vision for the company, to provide healthy hearing for everyone, everywhere.