Our inaugural conference, held in June of 2010 at the headquarters of the American Academy of Otolaryngology in Alexandria, Virginia, USA was a great success. Representatives from 18 countries including professionals from all aspects of hearing healthcare, deaf educators, and patient advocates met and discussed common interests.
During our second conference at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California, USA we engaged in extended discussions about the highest priority concerns in hearing healthcare around the world and especially in low-resource settings. We identified areas of need where the Coalition could have the most impact.
At our third conference at the EduPlex campus in Pretoria, South Africa we established the following five areas of emphasis in which the Coalition would work.
During our fourth conference at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA we continued to focus on these five goals to further improve on and expand the information that is available to us, and to those around us.
The fifth Conference was held at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Participants from 26 countries attended the conference and continued discussions about how we could make a difference in each of the five areas of emphasis.
The purpose of each annual conference is to enable us to come together to share the challenges we have faced and the solutions we have developed, to raise awareness of important issues and to explore new technologies to help us meet our goals to promote and enhance hearing health services in low resource communities.
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