Who We Are

Welcome to the official website of the Society for Audiology Professionals Singapore (SAPS)

Greetings!

My committee and I are honoured to be serving the audiology community and playing a role in promoting good hearing health in Singapore.

Since its founding in 2000, SAPS has come a long way, growing from an initial membership of ten to over a hundred audiologists today. The society has served as a platform for the exchange of ideas and professional development among audiologists and has also played a role in educating the public about hearing health.

As SAPS matures as a society and hearing health awareness continues to gain momentum in the public space, my committee and I hope to raise the professional standards and image of audiology in Singapore.

In the last few years, we have taken the first baby steps towards the regulation of audiologists by establishing best practice guidelines in adult hearing diagnostics and rehabilitation. We plan to continue this endeavour with more best practice guidelines, as well as a establishing a system of tracking continuing education for audiologists.

At the same time, the pandemic has made it necessary for us to innovate in the way we engage with our members and the public. We hope that the growth of the society will also see us bring greater benefit to our members and the community as well.

We hope that audiologists in Singapore will come alongside us and work with us to improve the standards of hearing healthcare in our country and region.

Wong Yuhan
President
Society for Audiology Professionals (Singapore)

The objectives of the Society are:

To promote the highest level of professional competence among members through honest, dignified, compassionate and ethical behaviors.
To educate health-care professionals and the general public on hearing healthcare and audiological issues.
To facilitate continuing education for members and hearing health professionals.
To provide a forum for members to discuss clinical cases, ethics, professional and audiological issues.
To promote goodwill among members hearing-health professionals and the community.

Audiology in Singapore Timeline

October 10

1977

The audiology unit of the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) department at Singapore General Hospital was set up.

October 10

1985

There were 4 audiologists and 5 audio technicians working in the various hospitals in Singapore.

October 10

1997

The first paediatric cochlear implant surgery was carried out.

October 10

1999

The Ministry of Education started providing FM systems to schools with hearing-impaired students.

October 10

2000

The Society for Audiology Professionals (Singapore) (SAPS) was formed with 10 founding members.

October 10

2002

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) was introduced at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

October 10

2004

UNHS was introduced in all hospitals in Singapore.

October 10

2007

There were 25 audiologists and 25 audio technicians working in Singapore.

October 10

2010

SAPS and Temasek Polytechnic collaborate to offer the Professional Certificate in Basic Industrial Audiometry.

October 10

2012

The 11th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness was held in Singapore.

October 10

2013

SAPS was accepted as a member of the National Council of Social Services.

 

The Seniors Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) was expanded to include subsidies for hearing aids.

 

The Masters of Audiology program was started at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

October 10

2015

The first cohort of NUS MSc Audiology students graduated.

October 10

2016

The number of SAPS members increased to more than 100.

 

The National University Hospital started two mobile hearing clinics.

October 10

2018

The Ministry of Health started Project Silver Screen, providing basic hearing screening at subsidized rates for citizens above 60 years of age.

October 10

2019

The 18th ASEAN ORL-HNS Congress was held in Singapore, with a full-day Audiology program organized by SAPS.