Meetings and Workshops

Hearing Across the LifeSpan (HEAL): Cernobbio, Lake Como , Italy: 2-4 June 2016

Topics to be addressed in the HEAL conference : 


Screening and Early Identification

  • Hearing screening across the lifespan: newborn, pre-school, school-age, adult and elderly screening; targeted screening (workplace, at-risk populations)
  • Screening methods, techniques, and devices
  • Audiological assessment: audiological test battery, evoked potentials, central and cognitive tests, medical imaging
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs: guiding principles, protocols and implementation, quality assurance
  • Hearing loss prevention
  • Clinical decision making and health policy issues

Intervention and Rehabilitation Strategies

  • Development of hearing devices and instrumentation
  • Cochlear implants
  • Implantable devices
  • Auditory training
  • Psychosocial approaches
  • e-health resources
  • Family and carers empowerment
  • Outcome evaluation

Hearing Loss: Mechanisms, Effects and Medical Issues

  • Basic research on hearing loss
  • Speech and language development
  • Maturation and plasticity
  • Causes of hearing loss: genetics, risk-factors and harmful agents, age-related hearing loss
  • Medical conditions, comorbidity, and syndromes
  • Impact of hearing disorders: communicative, psychological, social and family issues