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Pediatric Hearing Loss Takes the World Stage

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AG Bell Hosts its First-Ever Global Conference to Address Childhood Hearing Loss Worldwide

MADRID, July 4, 2019 - The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), which was started by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, best known for inventing the telephone, recently held its first-ever global symposium in Madrid, Spain to address the rising number of childhood hearing loss worldwide.

More than 400 hearing health and education professionals from 40 countries gathered to share information on the latest advancements in research and findings related to hearing loss and spoken language development, as well as information on the latest advancements in hearing technology. Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, including 34 million children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, through early identification, hearing assistive technology, such as cochlear implants and hearing aids, and speech therapy, children born with hearing loss in today’s world can learn to hear and speak.

In many countries, few hearing health and education professionals are qualified to help children with hearing loss learn to hear and talk. However, plans are in the works to change all that. AG Bell, AG Bell International, and the AG Bell Academy will work together to prepare professionals around the world by publishing its world-renowned certification exam in more languages, bringing together professionals from around the world to share knowledge and expertise, and by developing global affiliates and chapters in other countries to address the needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing right where they live.

“Through this symposium, professionals from around the world had the opportunity to learn from each other and present research regarding practices in their home countries,” said AG Bell CEO Emilio Alonso-Mendoza. “Based on what we have learned from this global gathering, we can now take those findings and continue to help hearing health and education professionals improve outcomes for children who are deaf and hard of hearing that put them on the path to success.”

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About the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and live a life without limits. With chapters located in the United States, AG Bell International in Europe and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Working Globally to Ensure That People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing can Hear and Talk. Visit www.agbell.org.
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Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.