'You can't improve what you don't measure' - A lecture by Dr Dalia Tsimpida
|Starts:||14:00 3 Mar 2021|
|Ends:||15:00 3 Mar 2021|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Dr Dalia Tsimpida|
Hearing loss has been labelled as something which is more likely to affect the elderly. However, a recent study, led by Dr Tsimpida, revealed for the first time that the increasing trend in hearing loss prevalence is not related to the ageing of the population, as widely believed, but potentially to social and lifestyle changes.
To date, the prevalence estimates of hearing loss in England (and globally) are calculated using data solely derived from the cities of Nottingham and Southampton in 1980s. The prevalence (%) per age group from that study’s samples is being applied to the most recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) population data.
This data’s accuracy has not been validated in the last 40 years, yet it determines local health needs. Specifically, these are the only data available to the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to plan NHS audiology services for their local area, including the free provision of hearing aids to the eligible population.
In this special topic lecture on World Hearing Day 2021, Dr Dalia Tsimpida will showcase the groundbreaking research by researchers at the Institute for Health Policy and Organisation (IHPO), at The University of Manchester, UK.
Also, she will present the new Project PLACE, short for 'PrevaLence stAtistiCs of hearing loss in England'. This project provides a significant opportunity to advance our knowledge of the current hearing data’s appropriateness for planning sustainable hearing care models, by comparing for the first time the existing data with reliable objective audiometric measures from a nationally representative cohort study of 8,529 older adults.
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Dr Dalia Tsimpida
Role: Postdoctoral researcher
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