Pre-Sessions

Registration cost for each pre-session workshop is $25 per person.

The following pre-session workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Conference of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH). Each of these workshops will be held at the University of Miami on Thursday October 12, 2017. The workshops provide more in-depth material and generally have more interaction or hands-on participation than is the case for presentations at the conference. Enrollment in a pre-session workshops is $25.00(USD) and can be paid as a part of your registration for the CGHH conference.

David Pither

Operating a Field Based Earmold Lab

9 AM - 3 PM

One critical component of successful and sustainable community based ear and hearing care services, in a low - and middle - income country, is prompt provision of earmolds for dispensed hearing aids. Though, earmold laboratories can ensure success, the time to train and resources required for production can be very time intensive and cost prohibitive. However, when costs are abated, the earmold lab can become a serendipitous cottage industry opportunity in a region that will benefit from a fiscal boost. This workshop will provide information about materials required as well as the protocol for production. The model created by the charity, Ears, Inc., has been used effectively in many parts of the world, and enhance d local economy with much needed cottage industry skills. The workshop will provide instruction for production materials, and suggest the infra-structure for establishing the earmold lab, as well as recommend training procedures for the local program partners.
Jim Saunders

A Practical Guide to Humanitarian Missions for Improving Hearing Health

9 AM - 12 PM

The workshop presenters have organized dozens of humanitarian outreach trips and non-profit programs in Central America, Africa, and Asia. Based on that experience the workshop will explore how humanitarian outreach has changed in recent years and some ethical issues inherit in doing this type of work. The practical issues related to humanitarian trips in audiology and otolaryngology will be explored including selecting a location for the work, recruiting team members, team and local site preparation, equipment needs, establishing follow up, and sustainability issues. Specific issues and methods of educating both the team members and local providers will be presented and discussed. Teaching methods employed in this pre-conference session will include lectures, presentations by a panel of experts (followed by a Q & A session) and conclude with suggestions for best practices for humanitarian trips focusing on hearing health care.