Predictions for 2031: Matthieu Del Rio: A hearing profession that must embrace demand to transcend the senses


Future of Audiology: 2031

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"A form of transhumanism" and vastly advanced hearing abilities is what we may be witnessing in 2031 in the audiology sphere, predicts the next expert to venture a vision in our series looking ahead to the future.

Such a panorama would be a welcome challenge for hearing care professionals, this French academic argues. But the HCP is here to stay.

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Matthieu Del Rio, President of CNA (Collège National d’Audioprothèse), which governs audiology studies and training in France; member of SFA (Société Française d’Audiologie).

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as «a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, which is not just the absence of disease or infirmity». In line with this logic, and within ten years, it is safe to bet that technology will occupy a preponderant place in an area of medicine that could evolve from the field of compensation towards much greater orientation on performance.
Audiology is a field where these transformations could be particularly present: biotechnologies, artificial intelligence, neurosciences… So many avenues that could bring questions related to hearing into a form of transhumanism, pushing current hearing capacities far beyond what we currently know.
Hearing care professionals as we know them today may have to adapt to a demand that no longer comes just from hearing impaired patients or patients with hearing pathologies, but also to a demand from people wishing to transcend their senses and cognitive abilities in the broad sense. Regardless, their role as a healthcare professional expert in hearing management will remain essential for the fitting and monitoring of these new technologies.

Source: Audiology Worldnews EUHA special 2021