Who we are
Health: inequalities, policy, services research, systems, maternal, perinatal, child and adolescent, behaviour change, global health, impact evaluation
Research Fellow / Occupational Therapist
Rehabilitation, disability and inclusion; disability-inclusive maternal, newborn and child health and child development
Social protection, disabilities, poverty, qualitative research, quantitative research
Research Fellow / Physiotherapist
Rehabilitation, disability, and inclusion; Preventive cardiology; Falls prevention; Evidence synthesis; Health economics.
Qualitative research, disability, sexual and reproductive health and rights, policy analysis, impact evaluation
Assistant Professor in Disability and Global Health
Disability measurement, populationed-based survey methodology for estimating disability and impairment prevalence
Epidemiology, Quantitative survey methodolgies, Assessing need for health care, rehabilitation and assitive products
Research Assistant / Visual Anthropologist
Qualitative research, participatory visual research, disabilities, reproductive and sexual health, gender
Qualitative research, systematic review and meta-analysis, policy analysis, disability, mental health
Co-Director of ICED
Qualitative research with disabled people; access to health; livelihoods; sexual and reproductive health; mental health; user involvement.
Promoting and teaching epidemiology, prevention, control and rehabilitation of deafness and hearing impairment.
Assistant Professor/Paediatric Physiotherapist
Quantitative and qualitative research methods; health worker training; physical impairment; mental health; implementation science
Disability-inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene, qualitative and participatory research, behaviour change
Honorary Associate Professor
Consultant ENT surgeon, involved in global ENT initiatives particularly with NGOs in LMICs.
Qualitative research, participatory approaches, focus on children & young people with disabilities and caregivers
- ICED Hearing Group
- Hearing loss affects over 1.3 billion people worldwide of which, 360 million people have disabling hearing loss (Ref:1, 2)
- 60% of childhood hearing loss is preventable (Ref:2)
- 90% of people with disabling hearing loss live in low & middle income countries (Ref:3)
- Hearing loss negatively impacts on speech and language, activities of daily living such as employment and education, economic status, mental health and quality of life (Ref:4, 5)
We aim to raise awareness, promote research and support education in ear and hearing health.
Who we are
Our multi-disciplinary team comprises specialist and experienced academics, clinicians, research students and centre staff. We all share a common interest in ear and hearing health.
What we do
- Organise seminars, advocacy workshops and promotional events
- Deliver education and training programmes
- Provide professional guidance & support to community projects
- Conduct research on hearing impairment prevalence, impact and access to services within low and middle income countries
- Network and collaborate with local and internationally based professional bodies, educational institutions and NGOs
Building evidence about the prevalence of hearing impairment in low and middle income countries, including surveys of Guatemala, India and Cameroon.
Exploring barriers to accessing ear and hearing services and the provision of training for community health workers in Malawi
Assessing the impact of hearing impairment and the provision of hearing aids on socio-economic status (poverty), mental health, quality of life and activity participation in Guatemala.
We run an international, classroom-based educational programme in Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment which incorporates an online community support network for alumni.
This course aims to build capacity for public health knowledge and skills in ear and hearing health (EHH) amongst clinicians and health planners. Since 2009, we have trained 715 health workers from 41 different countries and delivered 25 programmes in 9 locations around the world including, Europe, Asia, Africa and North & South America.
The Global Disability and Health MSc Module teaches about the broader aspects of disability and includes a series of lectures and workshops on hearing impairment.
The free publication Community Ear and Hearing Health Journal (CEHHJ) promotes ear and hearing health in low-middle income countries, by facilitating continuing education for all levels of ear and hearing health worker.
If you have a general enquiry or wish to learn more about our work, please contact a member of our team:
Name Role Email address Hannah Kuper Co-Director of ICED & Professor Hannah.Kuper@lshtm.ac.uk Andrew Smith Professor Andrew.Smith@lshtm.ac.uk Daksha Patel E-learning Director for International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) Daksha.Patel@lshtm.ac.uk Islay Mactaggart Assistant Professor Islay.Mactaggart@lshtm.ac.uk Tess Bright Audiologist & Assistant Professor Tess.Bright1@lshtm.ac.uk Joanna Jeremy Hearing Health Administrator Joanna.Jeremy@lshtm.ac.uk Mark Spreckley Dr Public Health Research Student Mark.Spreckley@lshtm.ac.uk
1. Vos T, Allen C, Arora M, Barber RM, Bhutta ZA, Brown A, et al. (2016) Global, Regional, and National Incidence, Prevalence, and Years Lived with Disability for 310 Diseases and Injuries, 1990-2015: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet. 2016;388(10053):1545–602
3. Stevens. G, et al. (2011) Global and Regional Hearing Impairment Prevalence: An Analysis of 42 Studies in 29 Countries. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 23, No. 1, 146–152
4. Arlinger S. (2003) Negative Consequences of Uncorrected Hearing Loss – a Review. Int J Audiol. 2003;42(2):S17–20.
5. Davis A, McMahon CM, Pichora-Fuller KM, Russ S, Lin F, Olusanya BO, et al. (2016) Aging and Hearing Health: The Life-Course Approach. Gerontologist. 2016;56:S256–67.