HEAL – Hearing Across the Lifespan: the right to hear, throughout life

Three days of highly productive work and exchanges in the beautiful and inspiring setting of Lake Como. With strong participation and major scientific contributions, that was the outcome of the 2014 edition of the HEAL – Hearing Across the Lifespan congress, held in Cernobbio, Italy from June 5 to 7. The congress was organized by a team of Italian and American researchers, chaired by Ferdinando Grandori from the Italian National Research Council, Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (IEIIT) in Milan. The Congress is resolutely aimed at offering a truly global event for professionals who are interested in or who work in the various areas related to hearing. It is the only event in Italy where it is possible to meet audiologists, speech therapists, medical specialists and technicians, university professors and public health experts from across the globe.

The wide-ranging topics under discussion covered all the phases from diagnosis to hearing rehabilitation, for patients of all ages, and included healthcare policies and the emerging unexplored needs of a rapidly changing, and aging population, with a wide range of cultures, that does not always have access to treatment. It was also in this context, that it was decided to bring together in one event for the first time this year the conferences that formerly took place every two years and concerned Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) and Adult Hearing Screening (AHS).