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First World Congress on ear and hearing care

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From left to right: Dr.Bulantrisna Djelantik, COO, Sound Hearing 2030, PROF. MACHARIA ISAAC MUTHURE, Professor, University of Nairobi, Dr. A.K. Agarwal, Chairperson, Sound Hearing 2030, Dr. Sara Varughese, Regional Director, CBM South Asia Regional Office, Dr. Suneela Garg, Organizing Secretary, Sound Hearing 2030, Dr Chamaiparn Santikarn, Regional Advisor, WHO,SEARO, Dr.Bu Xingkuan, professor at Nanjing Medical University China and Mr. Dave McComiskey, President & CEO, CBM released the Directory on assistive devices and technology

The 1st World Congress on ear and hearing care was held from February 12 to 14, 2015 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The congress was organized by Society for Sound Hearing in Collaboration with CBM, WHO and Government of India. 468 delegates from 30 countries attended the congress.

About The World Congress

The World Congress was a culmination of year-long efforts to bring experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss issues pertaining to prevention and rehabilitation of hearing impairment. It is the first World Congress of its kind organised by the Sound Hearing 2030 initiative, under the aegis of Society of Sound Hearing in collaboration with CBM, World Health Organization, Ministry of Health & family welfare, Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi.

Action towards better hearing

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Dave McComiskey, President and CEO of CBM, addresses the delegates at the World Congress on Ear and Hearing Care
The theme of the congress was ‘Action towards better hearing’ and it was attended by ENT doctors and specialists, ear and hearing experts, government officials and members of non-government organisations. 

While chairing the inaugural section Mr.Dave McComiskey, President and CEO of CBM, quoted WHO report and said 360 million people (5% of the total population) have disabling hearing loss with 50% of these cases being treatable. CBM acts as an enabler, facilitator and challenger at various levels with different stakeholders to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Elaborating CBM’s role in the ear and hearing care global scenario, Dave informed that 702,885 persons (51% of them were children) received ear health services through CBM support and 21,427 persons receiving hearing aids through CBM supported programmes. 

Dr.Sara Varughese, CBM Regional Director, spoke about the challenges faced by people with hearing impairment and ways to address hearing care at the primary level. She expressed the need to involve more doctors, hospitals and governments and other actors in the field of ear care to be able to reduce the burden of preventable hearing loss in resource-poor countries. She also called for increased resources in the area of hearing impairment. 

50% of hearing impairment is treatable

Delegates attending the World Congress. ©CBM/ Sound Hearing 2030
Delegates attending the World Congress.
With the goal of eliminating preventable hearing loss, the deliberations of the Congress provided a robust platform for professionals to share and discuss various technologies  and medical interventions in the field of ear and hearing care. Hearing screening for newborns through telemedicine, community-based surgical camps, satellite centres for rehabilitation are among the main topics discussed in detail. Information on indigenously developed technologies and products for persons with hearing impairment was very beneficial. Dr. Patricia Castellanos, CBM consultant audiologist shared broader perspective on ear and hearing practice and training for professionals at the occasion.

Inclusion of persons with hearing impairment

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students with hearing impairment perform a traditional Indian dance to welcome the delegates at the World Congress
The Congress provided a magnificent platform for stakeholders across the globe to present and discuss the various models that have been implemented for the welfare of people with hearing impairment. The Congress also discussed in detail the ways and means of creating adequate awareness and support systems for people with hearing impairment in collaboration with local government and other organisations. 

Explaining the challenges of living with acquired hearing loss, Ms Sally Harvest - CBM Advisor, emphasised the need for multiple levels of support required for people who are hard of hearing.

Conclusion

The three day Congress served to emphasise the magnitude of issues pertaining to hearing loss and was a call for action. The Congress provided a common platform by bringing together different stakeholders from across the globe to share the knowledge, challenges and best practices in the area of prevention and management of hearing loss. 
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