12th Annual Coalition for Global Hearing Health
January 20-22, 2022 • Fully Virtual
Coalition for Global Hearing Health 2022. Virtual Global Conference. 20 - 22 January 2022. 14h00 - 17h30 (CET)

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10/26/2019  |   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   |  Ventana Ballroom C

Update on Primary Prevention

From a public health perspective, primary prevention refers to when the disease is prevented from occurring at all. This form of prevention may include public health campaign to change behaviors which may transmit viral diseases such as CMV, pharmacological advances to reduce the effects of ototoxic drugs, or prevention of hearing loss causing infection like meningitis through vaccination programs. The presenter will review recent developments in the primary prevention of hearing loss from several prevalent causes including otitis media, aminoglycoside ototoxicity, quinine ototoxicity, noise induced hearing loss, pneumococcal meningitis, CMV, and rubella. The focus will be on technological and new pharmacological advances.

  • Describe the role of primary prevention as a strategy for the reduction of hearing loss in the world.
  • Relate new pharmacological advances in the prevention of hearing loss related to ototoxicity and infections
  • Discuss new research in the prevention of hearing loss

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James Saunders (POC,Primary Presenter), Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center,;
Dr. James E. Saunders is a Professor of Otology / Neurotology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He completed an M.D. at University of Oklahoma, Residency Training and a Research Fellowship in Otolaryngology at Duke University Medical Center, and a Research and Clinical Fellowship at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Saunders has many projects related to the etiology, prevention and treatment of hearing loss in the developing world including collaborations with the WHO and the Global Burden of Disease Project. He is past Coordinator for International Affairs and Chairman of the Humanitarian Efforts Committee for the AAO-HNSF. In 1999, he co-founded Mayflower Medical Outreach, an organization that supports and trains otolaryngologists and audiologists in Nicaragua. He currently serves as the co-chair for the Coalition for Global Hearing Health, an international multidisciplinary organization devoted to education and advocacy for hearing health services in low resource areas.

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