- Published on 16 October 2019
Germany. October 16. The 64th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians - EUHA - has opened its doors to more than 8,000 visitors at the Nuremberg at the Nuremberg Convention Centre (NCC Ost).
It's a big specialist show, the largest audiology event in the world, and it places an accent this time round on things to come in audiology. The "Future Friday" agenda on October 18 will feature special industry presentations on forward-looking issues, and presentations on digitisation, new sensor technology and artificial intelligence, among other key developing aspects of hearing.
Delegates began filtering through a carefully organised registration process before 0900 on Wednesday (16), with the EUHA 2019 trade exhbition already set up and welcoming its first visitors in an overall space of 15,500m2. In total, 154 exhibiting companies from 21 countries (top five: Germany, 52%; China, 8%; Denmark, 5%; USA, 4%; Netherlands 3%) were open for business.
EUHA 2019 features 22 lectures, 6 tutorials, and the special Future Friday programme. The flow of presentations will cover vital issues such as evaluation of feedback reduction, the current state of hearables, the predictability of individual speech intelligibility in cochlear implants, cartilage conduction hearing aids, congenital aural atresia, complex listening situations, sensors, the benefits of psychoacoustic findings, and smartphone-controlled hearing aids.
Studies show that 5.4m people living in Germany are affected by hearing loss, and the trend is on upward slant. For the audiologists who treat these people, the EUHA Congress is the major updating event; for the manufacturers and professional associations, this week's gathering is the top opportunity to reach practitioners.
There are currently 6,000 dispensing shops in Germany that specialise in hearing aids, employing some 15,000 workers and 3,200 apprentices. In 2018, German audiologists fitted around 1.36 million new hearing systems.
Source: AWN Live at EUHA