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January 5, 2016

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Key speakers named for new hearing conservation conference

HSE’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 2 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.

Attendees will also benefit from presentations from other expert speakers including Peter Wilson, Director of the Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre; Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England; Stephen Dance, Reader in Acoustics at London South Bank University and Mike Barraclough, Senior Risk Manager with QBE Insurance.

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.

Online registration for Listen UP! is now open, but interest in this landmark conference is high so anyone interested in attending is advised to visit now to secure their place.

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