Tuesday 2/4/2019
Hearing Loss and Associated Comorbidities in the elderly population

Hearing loss in the elderly population will have a growing impact on society over the coming years. This is not only because of the hearing loss itself but also because of the associated co-morbidities. If you would like to gain more insights on the different comorbidities of hearing loss in the elderly and be up to date with the latest scientific findings than you should attend this session.

An astonishing 466 million people across the globe live with a disabling hearing loss, equating to 6.1% of the world’s population. As our global population continues to age, with the 65 plus age group expected to grow from 534 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, the number of those experiencing hearing loss is expected to increase, primarily because its most common cause in adults is the ordinary process of ageing. It is predicted that by 2050 more than 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss, bringing with it an array of public health challenges including increased costly co-morbidities such as cognitive decline, type 2 diabetes, more frequent falls and social isolation - this comes at significant economic and social costs. Good hearing contributes to good quality of life, and access to appropriate treatment ensures that people can transition smoothly into their older years, helping them to live their lives as healthily as possible: remaining active, retaining independence and contributing to the economy.


Part 1: Introduction to the topic
Patrick D'Haese, Corporate Director of Awareness and Public Affairs MED-EL

Part 2: Hearing loss and its co-morbidities in the elderly: findings of the PASQUID study
Prof. Helene Amieva

Part 3: Hearing loss and its co-morbidities in the elderly: what do we know from other studies?
Patrick D'Haese, Corporate Director of Awareness and Public Affairs MED-EL

Tuesday 2/4/2019
The worldwide socio-economic impact of hearing loss  

Are you interested in hearing loss and its socio-economic impact on our society? Is it worth investing in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss? Which data are currently available and can these be used by health insurers? If you have answered positively to at least one of these questions, this symposium, in which discussions are certainly encouraged, will be of interest to you.

Worldwide there are currently 466 million people with hearing loss according to the World Health Organization. This number will only increase in the future with an maximum of 900 million people with hearing loss by 2050 if we don’t intervene. It is clear that the impact of hearing loss reaches far beyond communication. How big is the impact on our society? What costs are involved? What is the impact on the productivity of our population? What is the financial impact if people with a hearing loss are given a hearing aid or implant? In this training an answer is given based on scientific data.


Lecture Patrick D'Haese
Corporate Director of Awareness and Public Affairs MED-EL


Wednesday 3/4/2019
Symposium on vestibular rehabilitation and BPPV  

Zit je met vragen rond vestibulaire rehabilitatie? Wie komt in aanmerking hiervoor en moet daarvoor juist zeker wel of net niet doorverwezen worden? Na deze studiedag blijven er geen vragen onbeantwoord rond de differentiaaldiagnoses van bewegingsgebonden vertigo en de bevrijdingsmanoeuvres als zinvolle behandeling.

Tijdens deze studienamiddag zoemen we in op vestibulaire rehabilitatie. Niemand minder dan Prof. Alain Semont, bekend van het gelijknamige bevrijdingsmanoeuvre, komt zijn inzichten rond vestibulaire rehabilitatie delen: wat, waarom, wanneer, hoe ... Uiteraard zullen ook de bevrijdingsmanoeuvres als behandeling voor Benigne Paroxysmale PositioneringsVertigo (BPPV) aan bod komen, waarbij het niet zal ontbreken aan het Semont manoeuvre. Ook de verschillende differentiaaldiagnoses rond bewegingsgebonden vertigo zullen aan bod komen. De impact van een vestibulaire laesie op de ogen bekijken we door de bril van kinesitherapeut Alain Bauwens, gespecialiseerd in vestibulaire rehabilitatie.

De voertaal van de studienamiddag is Engels o.w.v. het internationaal karakter van zowel gastspreker Prof. Alain Semont als het publiek. Deze studiedag past immers binnen een internationale uitwisselingsweek ‘Intensive Programme on Audiology across Borders’ (IPAB 2019).

13:30-14:15 Cognition, perception: The Vestibular Sense
Prof. A. Semont, Founder of the International Vestibular Rehab Society (Paris)
14:15-15:00 Vestibular Rehabilitation: what why when How
Prof. A. Semont, Founder of the International Vestibular Rehab Society (Paris)
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:30 BPPV the Manoeuvres and differential diagnoses
Prof. A. Semont, Founder of the International Vestibular Rehab Society (Paris)

Impact of vestibular disorders on eye movements
Mr. A. Bauwens, Physiotherapist with specialization on vertigo, member of the Société Internationale de Réhabilitation Vestibulaire (SIRV)

17:00-17:30 Discussion