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Chronic otitis media (COM) may contribute over 50% to the global burden of hearing impairment and treating the hearing loss can potentially reduce the global burden by 80%1

328 M

individuals suffer from COM around the world1


of all adults with COM develop an associated hearing loss 1


of dementia cases among older adults may be caused by unaddressed hearing loss2

Our initiative

International guidelines on treating hearing loss associated with Chronic otitis media (COM) are limited, even at the country-specific level. This leads to unequal and differing outcomes across the world. Without standard clinical guidelines, individuals with COM who may benefit from a treatment will not receive it.

The Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative aims to increase awareness surrounding COM-related hearing loss through the latest clinical evidence and to reach an agreed standard of care. We are an international group of clinical experts in the fields of otology that forms the Healthy Hearing Ears Advisory Board & the steering committee of the Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative.

HHE News & Events

What’s the latest?

Second Healthy Hearing Ears Seminar

HHE News
Second Healthy Hearing Ears SeminarThe second Healthy Hearing Ears seminar was held online on October 14th 2021. More than 300 individuals registered for the event and we would like to…

Advisory Board Update from EAONO 2021

HHE News
Advisory Board Update from EAONO 2021Three members of the Healthy Hearing Ears Advisory Board recently presented the initiative at EAONO 2021. The conference was held online between 6-10 September and we…


  1. World Health Organization. Chronic suppurative otitis media : burden of illness and management options: Geneve : World Health Organization; 2004; Available from: https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/42941 [Accessed April 30 2020]
  2. Livingston G, Huntley J, Sommerlad A, et al. Dementia prevention, intervention, and care. Lancet. 2020;396(10248):413–446.