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International conference on audiology and the internet

How can the internet help people with a hearing impairment? On 3 and 4 October, Linköping University is hosting an international conference on audiology and the internet.

Picture of an ear”Over the past 20 years our lives have changed radically as a result of the internet. Linköping University is a world leader in the field of internet-based treatment, both in terms of mental illness and for the treatment and rehabilitation of hearing problems,” says Gerhard Andersson, professor of psychology and chair of the meeting.

Tinnitus was one of the first areas where the internet could be used to search for ways to treat and reduce its effects. Today it is possible to do hearing tests, search for advanced answers to problems, get advice on how to improve one’s hearing and learn to manage different types of hearing impairment.

70 to 80 international researchers will gather to discuss new research in the field.

”One in three people over the age of 65, worldwide, require a hearing aid. And the ageing population is growing. So there is an enormous number of people who need to know how to manage their hearing problems. Linköping University is at least ten years ahead, when it comes to particular internet-based treatments,” says Prof Andersson.

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