New European hearing conservation conference


Health and Safety Executive’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) has announced the keynote speakers who will be presenting at Listen UP! – the first European Hearing Conservation Conference. Taking place in Manchester on 2nd March, Listen UP! will bring together international specialists in the field of hearing conservation to propose a fresh approach to the escalating problem of noise-induced hearing loss.

Speakers at the conference, which is the first of its kind in Europe, represent a broad range of disciplines. Those delivering keynote talks include, Professor Andrew Curran, HSE’s Chief Scientific Advisor; Professor Bart Vinck, Head of the Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria; Dr David Welch, Head of Section (hearing and hearing loss), University of Auckland; and Chris Wood, Senior Research and Policy Officer for Action on Hearing Loss.

Disabling hearing loss currently affects more than 10 million people in the UK and by 2031 it is anticipated that 14.5 million people in the UK will suffer some degree of noise-induced hearing loss. Listen UP! offers anyone actively involved or interested in hearing conservation the unique opportunity to obtain the very latest information, solutions and good practice to help tackle hearing loss. They will also be in at the start of this drive for change and can help to shape the future of a proposed European Hearing Conservation Association.