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Recent advances in hearing health at the beginning and end of the life course

Children in a row with hearing aids

​The World Health Organization estimates that 430 million people in the world have moderate or worse hearing loss and 1153 million have mild hearing loss. 80% live in low- and middle-income countries [1]. It is also a significant problem amongst disadvantaged groups in high-income countries. Hearing loss is the third largest cause of Years Lived with Disability (YLD) in the 2019 Global Burden of Disease Study [2]. This online seminar will cover recent research and new developments in hearing health among newborns and infants, and among older people, including from a public health perspective.  

Join us for presentations from two distinguished experts as they discuss these topics with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. The presentations will be followed by questions and discussion.

Live captions and International Sign Language interpretation will be available. 


Professor Andrew Smith

​Professor Andrew Smith (co-chair) - Andrew has been an Honorary Professor at the International Centre for Evidence on Disability at LSHTM since 2008. His main interest is public health approaches to the prevention of hearing loss. With a colleague, he developed and teaches short courses on Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment in centres in low and middle-income countries. He was responsible for the Programme for Prevention of Hearing Loss, WHO, Geneva, 1996-2008. He has conducted surveys and intervention studies on hearing impairment in various low and middle-income countries.  

Honorary Associate Professor Robin Youngs

Honorary Associate Professor Robin Youngs (co-chair) – Robin is an Honorary Associate Professor at the International Centre for Evidence on Disability at LSHTM. He is also a consultant ENT surgeon based in West Suffolk, UK. He has been involved in global ENT initiatives for 25 years, particularly with NGOs in Nepal and Myanmar. He established and led the Global Health Committee for ENTUK. He is a Past President of the Otology Section of The Royal Society of Medicine and Emeritus Editor of The Journal of Laryngology and Otology.  

Professor Frank Lin

Frank Lin, MD PhD is Professor and Director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. As an otologic surgeon and epidemiologist, he has translated his experiences caring for older adults with hearing loss into foundational public health research and policy. His research established the association of hearing loss with dementia. Dr. Lin has collaborated with the National Academies, White House, and Congress to develop policies to ensure hearing loss can be effectively and sustainably addressed in society. 

Professor Adrian Davis

Adrian Davis OBE was the Director of Population Health Science at Public Health England, and advised the Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England on NHS Audiology Services. He was responsible for the strategy of burden of disease programme for England and advised the Global Burden of Disease programme on hearing and related health issues. He was the first Director of the Newborn Hearing and Infant Physical Examination Screening Programme (NIPE) where he had overall responsibility for all aspects of the Programmes. 



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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health