Tomorrow, March 3, is World Hearing Day. The theme this year is “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment.” The WHO estimates that 360 million people have hearing loss, of which 32 million are children. Their new report on Global costs of unaddressed hearing loss and cost-effectiveness of interventions estimates that lack of attention towards hearing loss poses an overall annual cost of 750 billion international dollars globally. Please find the report here.
To celebrate World Hearing Day, we are launching the ICED hearing group, to highlight and grow our activities in this area. This includes:
- Generating evidence on the prevalence, impact and effectiveness of interventions for hearing loss through conducting research.
- Training people in “Public Health for Ear and Hearing Care” through a series of overseas short courses, now offered in nine countries.
- Publication of the “Community Ear and Hearing Health Journal”, in English, French and Spanish, sending 3,400 copies to people in 181 countries.
More information about these activities is available on our website: located here.
A host of events are being held to celebrate World Hearing Day. Here at LSHTM, we are running a demonstration of mobile tools to test hearing, in the South Courtyard Café at LSHTM, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Come along – but bring your own headphones! WHO is hosting a webinar on the Costs of Unaddressed Hearing Loss, at 11:15 a.m. UK time, Register here. Yesterday, ICED was honoured to have presented at the House of Lords on the importance of hearing loss, partnering with Deafkidz International, the Royal College of Physicians and the Hearing Conservation Council. Hopefully these activities will act as a stimulus for more attention to hearing loss across the world.
Congratulations to ICED PhD student Joerg Weber, for passing his PhD yesterday, pending minor corrections. His work focussed on developing a participatory evaluation tool for Community Based Rehabilitation in Jamaica, and was funded by CBM.
Finally, I am enormously grateful to all the help and support that Allen Foster has offered to ICED over the years. He will now be stepping back as co-director, but will continue as a mentor and great friend of the Centre. In particular, he will help to build our overseas education component over the coming years.
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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For the remaining Newsletter contents please click here: March 2017 Newsletter