Upcoming conference will take global perspective on hearing health

LOS ANGELES—Audiologists, otolaryngologists, audiologists, deaf educators, representatives of industry, and others who care about hearing will gather here September 8-9 for the second Conference of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health. Following up on last year’s conference, attendees will seek consensus on the best practices in global outreach. House Research Institute is hosting the event.

The mission of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health is to advocate, to equip, and to empower hearing healthcare professionals and families, educators, communities, and the hearing impaired, so as to encourage and perpetuate best practices.

The 2011 meeting will begin at noon on September 8 with small workgroup sessions where participants will discuss and make recommendations to the larger group on such topics as: How can we improve advocacy with data and media? How can we improve training for hearing professionals? What are the principal technical challenges and how do we overcome them?

Next, , Dr. Shelly Chadha, of Sound Hearing India, the keynote speaker, will discuss “Global Ear and Hearing Health: Where Do We Start?”

On the second day, plenary sessions will address such topics as technology, training, epidemiology, and measuring outcomes. Each session will end with discussion and suggested action items for the coalition to implement.

In addition, House Research Institute will offer a one-day Temporal Bone Lab course on September 7.

The conference co-chairs, James E. Saunders, MD, representing the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and Jackie Clark, PhD, from the International Society of Audiology, stated: “We are delighted to once again organize the Coalition for Global Hearing Health for representatives from the U.S., the developed world, and the developing world, so that multiple disciplines can work jointly in addressing the critical need for strategizing global hearing health.”

For reservations or more information, visit coalitionforglobalhearinghealth.org.