Advisory Board Update from EAONO 2021

Three members of the Healthy Hearing Ears Advisory Board recently presented the initiative at EAONO 2021. The conference was held online between 6-10 September and we are happy to be able to share our presentations with you.

Dr. Douglas Backous introduced the Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative and discussed how we are working to change the treatment paradigm for patients with chronic otitis media related hearing loss. In order to achieve our goal, Doug conveyed how we must facilitate evidence- based decision-making, targeted research, and systematic data collection.

Next, Professor Thomas Lenarz provided an overview of the current status of hearing rehabilitation of patients with chronic otitis media. In his presentation he highlighted current research priorities and barriers that prevent adequate hearing restoration in patients with chronic otitis media.

Professor Myrthe Hol presented new data on a recently completed registry study (currently under peer-review), where we investigated healthcare consumption in patients with chronic otitis media related hearing loss. Below, Myrthe will talk you through this very interesting study that allowed us to gain a better understanding of resource utilization and costs related to chronic otitis media.

We hope that you enjoyed learning more about our initiative as it continues to gain momentum. Please reach out to us if you have any questions via info@healthyhearingears.org and stay tuned for the recordings from our latest seminar, held on October 14th, which we will post very soon.  

Systematic Literature Review Published

Our systematic literature review reporting long‐term hearing outcomes and complications data on adult and pediatric patients with chronic otitis media that underwent a tympanoplasty has been published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology.

This is the first time that experts from several continents have come together in order to create a document that reflects the status of hearing rehabilitation for individuals with COM-related hearing loss.

Data show that 14.0% of patients encountered postoperative complications and 7/10 patients had a postoperative air‐bone gap of less than 20 dB HL at long‐term follow‐up, which is considered a successful hearing outcome.

To access a free PDF of the full article, please click HERE

First Healthy Hearing Ears Seminar

The first Healthy Hearing Ears Seminar and panel discussion on the treatment outcomes of Chronic Otitis Media (COM) related hearing loss was held on October 1st 2020. We highlighted that restoring hearing in patients with COM is often overlooked when focus is placed on achieving a safe and dry ear. Good hearing is key to improving quality of life and to prevent dementia and bone conduction implants can be game changers in the treatment of COM-related hearing loss. The recording of the seminar presentations can be viewed below:

Following the presentations we engaged in a panel discussion where we discuss outcomes of various hearing interventions in patients with COM and the need for additional clinical evidence surrounding the current standard of care. The panel discussion can be viewed below.

Thank you for watching and please sign up to be notified of upcoming events.