In June two major conferences in Como, Italy, will bring together specialists in audiology, otolaryngology, hearing sciences, communication disorders, neurosciences, neurology, psychology, genetics, biology, engineering, health care, epidemiology and other related areas for an international and multidisciplinary forum on clinical studies and scientific and technological advances. Beyond Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) will be held June 5-7, followed by the 2nd International Conference on Adult Hearing Screening (AHS) on June 7-9.
The NHS Conference on Infant and Childhood Hearing in Science and Clinical Practice will bring together professionals from all over the world to meet and share concepts, models and results on the most recent advances in hearing screening, audiological and medical diagnosis, and intervention for newborns and infants.
Early intervention programs for infant hearing disorders have seen significant advances over the past decade. New technological developments in hearing aids, cochlear implants and audiological equipment offer increasingly reliable and affordable solutions. These changes have brought challenges to professionals across areas of care in ensuring they have the right skills and competencies to provide safe and effective high-quality screening, assessment and early intervention services. The conference will include keynote addresses, special sessions, roundtables, satellite symposia and workshops, and poster sessions.
In conjunction with the NHS 2012 Conference, the 7th Widex Congress of Pediatric Audiology will be held on June 4. Experts, professionals and others will gather to discuss the latest developments in pediatrics. Widex is a primary sponsor of NHS 2012.
The Oticon Pediatric Symposium will be held on June 6. The theme of this year's symposium will be children's auditory development, focusing on the importance of an accurate fitting and the different stages a child's auditory and cognitive maturation go through.
AHS 2012 will provide state-of-the-art scientific and clinical information on the rapidly changing landscape of adult hearing care. A comprehensive spectrum of issues will address early identification, treatment of auditory dysfunctions, and aural rehabilitation in adults.
Experts, scientists and clinicians from multiple disciplines will share their expertise and knowledge, bridging research and clinical practice, toward the common goal of improving hearing care for adults. This unique meeting was conceived within the framework of Project AHEAD III, funded by the European Commission, and is aimed at encouraging advances in research on aging and hearing as well as addressing all components of care, from early identification to tailored rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on screening methods, technologies, criteria and protocols.
The conference will include keynote lectures, special sessions and roundtables, as well as free platform presentations with time for interactive discussions. The program will be structured in concurrent sessions to let delegates follow their own preferences. Poster presentations will be an integral part of the general scientific program. The program schedule is arranged to maximize opportunities for interaction among participants.
To maintain ongoing discussion beyond the three days of the meeting, an International Working Group on Adult Hearing Screening will be established. The group will serve as a framework where colleagues from different disciplines can join forces and work together to advance knowledge and improve the standard of care for the growing number of adults and elderly with hearing problems.