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WHO World Hearing Forum

Date posted: 11th of June 2019

Did you know, approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss - of these 34 million are children? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the highest rates of severe and persistent otitis media in the world. Hearing loss resulting from otitis media has long term consequences and contributes to deep social and educational disadvantage among Australia's Indigenous children. 

Shelly Chadha, MBBS, MS, PhD delivered an inspiring key note address on the opening day of ISOM 2019 in Hollywood. During Shelly's key note address 'Ear and hearing care - a global health priority: Really?' she inivted everyone to join and contribute to the WHO World Hearing Forum

The WHO World Hearing Forum is a global advocacy network promoting ear and hearing care worldwide. Through networking and by sharing knowledge, skills and experience from the field, the World Hearing Forum will galvanise action toward a world in which no person experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential.

Interested in helping to eliminate hearing loss worldwide? Apply to join the WHO World Hearing Forum.

For researchers

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For health practitioners

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For families and communities

Many Indigenous children, and almost all Indigenous children living in remote communities...