International Society of Audiology

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- E. Prevention of deafness and hearing loss

On behalf of the International Society of Audiology I wish to felicitate WHO for the prompt and efficient implementation of the WHA resolution 70.13 adopted in 2017. Globally, the prevalence of hearing loss continues to rise and this condition is now one of the main contributors to the global burden of disease. It is suggested that the meteoric rise in prevalence may continue if firm action is not taken. Hence, WHO actions are both timely and well though through.
the International Society of Audiology greatly appreciated the development of the World Report on Hearing, for which it is one of the contributors. We believe that this report will be a decisive step towards establishing a public health approach to hearing loss and we eagerly await its launch in 2020.
ISA itself remains committed to this public health approach. During the World Congress on Audiology held in 2018, ISA highlighted the resolution and need for global action through a key note address attended by nearly 2000 participants from all over the world.
Since 2014, ISA has been collaborating with the WHO programme in its various activities including the World Hearing Day, the Make Listening Safe initiative. We are especially delighted with the launch of the World Hearing Forum. We believe that this Forum is a key step towards developing strong global advocacy on hearing loss.
We thank WHO for its leadership and offer the full technical support from the Society when and wherever it is required.