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Otometrics Webinar: Fact check Hearing loss and the importance of lifetime hearing screening

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Hello everyone. Welcome to today's webinar "Fact check: Hearing loss and the importance of lifelong hearing screening". My name is Trine Marqvard and I'm Project Coordinator in Otometrics. I'm joined today by Mariana. Here we go, Mariana Roslyng-Jensen who's Education and Training Manager at Otometrics. She will begin her presentation in a short while. I'll just give you a few tips and tricks for this webinar. You are all muted to avoid or reduce background noise. It is however possible to ask questions if you have any during the session, you can use the questions box in the webinar panel in the right hand side of your screen. We will collect the questions during the session and Mariana will answer them at the end of the session. If she doesn't have time to answer all of your questions we will make sure that you receive the reply later by email. If you have any technical problems or need immediate support you are welcome to write me a message directly here in the chat panel. Hello everybody As Trine told you, my name is Mariana and I'm the Education and Training Manager at Otometrics. My talk today will be about Hearing Screening. When I say the word Hearing Screening, what do you think? I'm sure that most of you will think about Neonatal Hearing Screening. But is it reallt that all? Should we only screen the children when they are born and then we are done with that? What is the message that the parents get in the first screening of the children? If they pass, probably they have normal hearing at this moment. But that doesnçt mean they will have normal hearing for the rest of their lives. So I think if we go a step back and think about what is hearing? Hearing is the only sensory sense that facilitates communication that make us interact with each other, make us having relationships, participate in daily activities, be alerted to danger, experience life events, and all is based on communication, and if we don't have the hearing, we don't have the communication. And what does that mean? If we go a little bit beyond, we think, hearng is actually not the sense of... ear is not the sense of heraing, it's actually the brain that is the true organ of hearing. The ears only transmit the sound to the brain. Babies born with hearing loss, they have already missed out on 20 weeks of typical development of their auditory brain pathways before the birth. So while they are in the mother's stomach they are already hearing, so when they are born they already know their mother's voice. They have also missed out on auditory neural development that could have occured just after the birth, before their hearing loss was diagnosed. And they have also missed out the auditory brain pathway development, until the time they start wearing a hearing aid. And that's when they start really developing. And even though we are fast in fitting the hearing aid, they have already missed something out. So, if we think a little bit more, and if we talk to, not us audiologists but normal people, when we talk about hearing loss, what do we think about? Most of people will think about this old man that can't hear and can't participate. So, our grandfather, that's what everybody will think about. But if we think how many people have hearing loss, 5% of the world population has hearing loss. So 360 million peiple in the world have a hearing loss that is considered disabling. 32 million children. And one of the things we have to keep in mind is that most of the people with hearing loss are under the age of 65. So even though we think about our grandads with hearing loss, it's not our grandads that are the majority of the people with hearing loss. And another thing that I think we have to think about, especially because of the world that we live in today is that most of the people with hearing loss it's because of the exposure to excessively loud sounds. So we live in a world of sound; there are sounds all around us. Of course it depends where you live in the world, which kind of city you live in, but even though you live in a very quiet city, we are in Copenhagen right now that it is a quiet city, where the quality of life is pretty good, we still go to parties, we still listen to very loud music, we still live .... because we are now used to very loud sounds. So, and if we go even back, what happened before we started to screen babies? We started to screen babies in 1993. So before that, 50% of the children with hearing loss was lost. They were out of the hospital before they got examination. So only the high risk children were screened before they got out of the hospital. So at that time, the time that they lost before thet got the hearing aid it was much larger than it is today. So it will be from two and a half years to three year old that they will reach to have a hearing aid, so they had at that time, lost a lot of time. I know in some parts of the world it is still like that. Even though tat most of the countries in the world today have screening, there are still countries that don't have screening, newborn hearing screening, and some of the countries that have newborn hearing screening, they don't know how to do the diagnostic and they don't know how to fit the hearing aid. So even though that we know that these children might have a hearing loss, they are still not getting the hearing aid in time. And that's why I thought it was important that we look back how long time has it taken for the developed world to get the screening in all the countries. We have to remember, we started in 1993. So today in the United States, if we look at the United States, 95% of all newborns children are getting screened. But half of them do not pass the screening, are still lost in the follow-up. And that's in the United States, so how is it in the other countries? So, if we look at the numbers, 1-3 out of 1000 children have a permanent hearing loss.

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