The ENT UK & BSA Inaugural Global Health Meeting 2018 is now open


Registration for the ENT UK & BSA Inaugural Global Health Meeting 2018 is now open!

Registration is now open for the ENT UK & BSA Inaugural Global Health Meeting 2018. This meeting will be held on Friday, 11th May at Resource for London, Holloway Road.

ENT UK and the BSA have entered into a partnership for this meeting which aims to mobilise delegates and share the importance of ENT conditions on the global health stage. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has some chilling statistics on hearing loss. The majority of people with disabling hearing loss live in low- and middle-income countries.

WHO key facts on hearing loss

  • 360 million people worldwide (5% of the world’s population) have disabling hearing loss, and 32 million of these are children.
  • Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and ageing.
  • 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
  • 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.
  • Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of 750 billion international dollars. Interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are cost-effective and can bring great benefit to individuals.
  • People with hearing loss benefit from early identification; use of hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices; captioning and sign language; and other forms of educational and social support.

The figures above were taken from the WHO ‘Deafness and hearing loss’ fact sheet, last updated in February 2017


Shelly Chadha who oversees the WHO’s work on prevention of deafness and hearing loss will be giving an unmissable talk on ‘World Health Organisation Global action for hearing loss.’

This meeting will give delegates knowledge of global health ENT and audiology issues and the practical problems of addressing these challenges at both global and local levels. It will also provide the perfect occasion to network with your peers and likeminded people who are dedicated to shining a light on these issues and changing the lives of those affected.

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