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Hearing for Healthy Ageing Conference


October 5, 2017

Time13.00 to 18.00
Duration1 day
VenueCentral Hall Westminster, London UK
TicketsStandard Ticket : £100.00
Student : £50.00

The Ear Foundation is pleased to announce ‘Hearing for Healthy Ageing’ conference at Central Hall Westminster on 5 October 2017.

The number of people with hearing loss in the older population will grow dramatically in the next decade and the needs and lifestyle of this growing population are changing. There will be a crisis of care for the older population with significantly greater levels of dementia, mental health issues and a lack of independence unless we act now. Effective management of hearing is a corner stone of healthy ageing, yet the impact of hearing on health, quality of life and participation in society is still under-recognized. Integrated management of hearing loss within our healthcare and social systems are not yet clearly defined.

This conference aims to build on the work of the NHS England Living Well with Hearing Loss Working Group supporting delivery of the Action Plan on Hearing Loss. The conference will take forward the themes developed in the    ‘Spend to Save’ campaign, by showing how investment in hearing technologies for healthy ageing saves money and improves lives.

During this conference we will present the latest evidence for the effective management of hearing loss in older people. We will propose new models of integrated care which bring value to individuals and healthcare systems. Changes in policy and practice can address the burden of hearing loss on society, healthcare, the individual and their families. Join us to find out how inter-department and interdisciplinary work can optimize wellbeing in later years and save society money.

This conference, starting at 12.30pm, will culminate with afternoon tea and the launch of our new research report into the benefits of bimodal hearing technologies at 5pm.


12.30   Mel Gregory, CEO, The Ear Foundation

Hearing for healthy ageing

12.45   Prof Adrian Davis, OBE

Meeting the need and improving access for older people with hearing loss

1.15     Sir Muir Gray, CBE

Public health, context, value and transparency

1.45     Prof Brian Lamb, OBE

Spend to Save: why it makes economic sense to support hearing well as part of healthy ageing

2.15     Discussion and questions

2.30     Refreshment break

3.00     Paul Breckell, CEO, Action on Hearing Loss

Supporting older people with hearing loss in care homes

3.15     Sue Archbold, PhD

Providing long term success in a short term society: what is really needed

3.30     Lise Lotte Bundesen, Director, Ida Institute

Patients, professionals and participation: foundations for the future

3.45     Discussion and questions

3.55     Prof Barbara Weinstein

Social isolation, physical activity levels and cognitive decline: why hearing enhancements matter

4.10     Mel Ferguson, PhD

Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss: hearing loss vs hearing difficulties

4.25     Prof Gerry O’Donoghue

An ENT’s perspective

4.40     Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England

Action plan on hearing loss: where are we now

4.55     Lilian Greenwood, MP

Closing remarks

5.00     Close


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