Who We Are

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

Greetings!

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

Come 2020, SAPS will celebrate its 20th year since its founding. The society has come a long way, growing from an initial membership of ten to about 120. 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.

These two years, my committee and I will continue to work towards the development of the audiology profession by working with various stakeholders and reaching out to the public. We will also be planning activities to celebrate our 20th anniversary, so do watch this space.

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.