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Welcome to the home of the Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative

Chronic otitis media (COM) may contribute over 50% to the global burden of hearing impairment and treating the hearing loss can potentially reduce the global burden by 80%1

328 M

individuals suffer from COM around the world1


of all adults with COM develop an associated hearing loss 1


of dementia cases among older adults may be caused by unaddressed hearing loss2

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Our initiative

International guidelines on treating hearing loss associated with Chronic otitis media (COM) are limited, even at the country-specific level. This leads to unequal and differing outcomes across the world. Without standard clinical guidelines, individuals with COM who may benefit from a treatment will not receive it.

The Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative aims to increase awareness surrounding COM-related hearing loss through the latest clinical evidence and to reach an agreed standard of care.

We are an international group of clinical experts in the fields of otology that forms the Healthy Hearing Ears Advisory Board & the steering committee of the Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative.


What’s the latest?

Healthy Hearing Ears Steering Committee Update from IFOS 2023

Professors Jaydip Ray and Thomas Lenarz both attended the IFOS 2023 ENT World Congress, which was held in Dubai between the 17th and 21st of January. Professor Ray provided an overview of the Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative during his podium presentation. He also presented a poster highlighting multicentre study data that has been collected by…

Registry Study Published

Our registry study investigating health care utilization and costs associated with chronic otitis media in western Sweden has been published in European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology. The study showed that patients with chronic otitis media require considerable care over many years. This places a significant burden on the patient and the health care system. In total,…

Second Healthy Hearing Ears Seminar

The second Healthy Hearing Ears seminar was held online on October 14th 2021. More than 300 individuals registered for the event and we would like to thank everybody that participated to make it a huge success. For those of you that could not attend, we are pleased to be able to provide an overview of…

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1. World Health Organization. Chronic suppurative otitis media : burden of illness and management options: Geneve : World Health Organization; 2004; Available from: [Accessed April 30 2020]
2. Livingston G, Huntley J, Sommerlad A, et al. Dementia prevention, intervention, and care. Lancet. 2020;396(10248):413–446.