Advances in hearing research: From brain function to endoscopic ear surgery.
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AbstractIn the past decade, the field of ear medicine and surgery has witnessed some radical changes in the concept of hearing and brain functions. A study by our team 15 years ago in Hong Kong had proven that hearing impairment is the most important modifiable risk factor for depressive symptoms in the elderly. A few years later, the correlation was further exemplified by a few studies globally regarding cognitive decline and hearing losses. In our 30 years of journey o to combat deafness in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, we are finally able to convince the medical world to work as a team. In May 2017 'WHO adopted a new resolution o hearing loss that is far more comprehensive and emphatic than the prior resolution agreed upon in 1995. WHO estimates the annual cost for unaddressed hearing loss to be about US$750 billion globally'*. Combating hearing losses from the use of assistive devices, hearing implants, to modification of the brain function is a reality. A recent development of our team in using the ear canal as the route of entrance has also been globally popularized. Through our continuous efforts, Hong Kong is one of the first places in the world to look into the problem as a public health issue, pioneering a hearing screening for elderly in the hospital Authority in2021. While the life expectancy of our brotherhood comes together in the top world leader board, our team is working with the Macau medical community to launch a similar programme with ever more depth and penetration, aiming to combat this ever-increasing primary healthcare problem in the forefront of the international medial arena.
*Karen Kasmauski. Editorial The Lance. Hearing Loss: Time for Sound Action. December 02, 2017.
All Author(s) ListMichael CF Tong
Name of Conference2020 Dr Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation Symposium
Start Date of Conference11/01/2020
End Date of Conference12/01/2020
Place of ConferenceMacau
Country/Region of ConferenceMacau
Year2020
Month1
Place of PublicationMacau
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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