University of Auckland Head of School Seminar (School of Population Health)

Date: Rescheduled to 1 June 2021

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: Room G135; Building 507, 22 – 30 Park Ave, Grafton

Presenters:

Professor Peter Thorne, Professor Suzanne Purdy, Associate Professor Grant Searchfield, Alehandrea Manuel, Dr Elizabeth Holt

Abstract:

466 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss, with 90% of hearing losses being present in communities in low-to middle-income countries and high-risk populations in high-income countries.  Hearing loss and ear disease has a high prevalence among Māori and Pasifika communities in New Zealand and in communities in Pacific Island Countries where there is a lack of supported national programmes and strategies to prevent and manage hearing loss.  A public health approach is advocated to tackle the growing problem of hearing loss and ear disease.  The first WHO World Report on Hearing will be released on the 3rd March 2021, coinciding with the annual World Hearing Day, a day of global hearing and ear health advocacy.

In recognition of the release of the report and the importance of the theme of World Hearing Day “Hearing Care for All”, members of the Eisdell Moore Centre for hearing and balance research will present a snapshot of how  different aspects of our research works towards achieving hearing health equity.  We will present a global, regional and local perspective on the development of ear and hearing care strategies, the role that new hearing technologies can play, and how hearing healthcare can be reorientated to be more accessible to communities in New Zealand and the broader Pacific region.

Peter Thorne: Global hearing health and the World Report on Hearing

Suzanne Purdy: Local perspective – hearing screening in children

Alehandrea Manuel: Local perspective – health equity for Māori

Grant Searchfield: Disruptive Hearing technologies

Elizabeth Holt: Service and Workforce Development in Pacific Island countries

A recording will be available to view on the Eisdell Moore Centre YouTube Channel