“Hearing in Later Life” Working Group

Presented By International Society of Audiology

The primary goal of the Hearing in Later Life Working Group (HLL WG) of the International Society of Audiology (ISA) is to connect and engage professionals in ear and hearing care from across the globe to share, develop, and use evidence about hearing in later life to promote healthy ageing in healthcare practices and in social policy initiatives. To achieve this goal, it is imperative that ear and hearing professionals and aging experts build new collaborations.

Dr. Sharon Curhan

Dr. Curhan is a physician and epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School, ScM in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, and ScB in Neuroscience from Brown University. As a clinical researcher in chronic disease epidemiology and prevention, her research focuses on the identification of risk factors for acquired hearing loss and tinnitus in several large ongoing cohort studies involving over 250,000 participants, the Nurses’ Health Studies, the Growing Up Today Study, and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Along with her husband, Gary Curhan MD, ScD, she initiated the Conservation of Hearing Study (CHEARS; click here to examine ear and hearing disorders in these cohorts. Her research sheds light on growing evidence that a complex array of health, diet, lifestyle, genetic and environmental exposures across the lifespan contributes to an accumulation of biologic changes throughout the lifetime and illustrates how the integration of different data types, including from the genome, metabolome, proteome, microbiome and exposome, enable a more holistically examination of factors that influence auditory health, connect genotype to phenotype, lead to discovery of shared or distinct mechanisms, and inform development of personalized hearing healthcare. She was a founding editor of the Ear and Hearing Epidemiology of Auditory and Vestibular Disorders section and is associate editor of the JARO epidemiology section. As a member of the World Health Organization expert group, she helped develop the WHO Ear and Hearing Survey Handbook and serves on the NIOSH NORA Hearing Loss Prevention Cross Sector Council and the Noise Hazard Recognition Workgroup. Her research also encompasses several areas of neurocognitive and neurodegenerative disease and the epidemiology of herpes zoster (“shingles”). She is Co-Director of the Channing Division of Network Medicine Healthy Aging and Longevity Consortium, a multi-disciplinary collaboration of investigators, clinicians and data scientists. Dr. Curhan is the proud parent of a son with severe SNHL and an advocate for hearing health.

Dr. Isabelle Giroux, Ph.D

Dr. Giroux is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and a Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.). She is a Full Professor of nutrition and the Director of the School of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She was previously Vice-Dean Academic (student and professional affairs) at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Ottawa (2019-2021). She has also been Assistant Director – Undergraduate Studies of the School of Nutrition Sciences (2015-2019). She is actively involved in professional affairs as a dietetic educator (since 2000), dietetic program evaluator (since 2008), member of the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) of Canada Accreditation Standards Development Working Group (2012-2014), Chair of the French Network of Dietitians of Ontario and Canada (2007-2015), and member of the PDEP Steering Committee as a dietetic educators’ representative 2015-2021 (and co-chair 2016-2018, 2020-2021). She is a specialist of nutritional assessment and evaluation of cardiometabolic health, as well as the development of effective nutritional education approaches and intervention programs. She is a researcher of the Institut du Savoir Montfort where her work is centered on quality interdisciplinary care for clients, supporting the education of health professionals, and interdisciplinary research in the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes across the lifecycle, including at risk populations. She conducts research on the role of dietitians in care teams and research to evaluate the impact of experiential learning on the development of interprofessional competencies. She is a researcher of the GReFoPS (Groupe de recherche sur la formation et les pratiques en santé et en service social en contexte francophone minoritaire) of the University of Ottawa.

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