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This month saw the culmination of 5 years extensive work by all those involved with the BEAR Project, which was set up in 2017 to review and make recommendations for improving hearing health rehabilitation in Denmark and around the world, through evidence-based research of clinical practice.

The final review was held over 2 days in Copenhagen and attended by Dr Carling in her role as part of the project’s scientific advisory board. Results from the participating sites and laboratories were presented, reviewed and discussed and Dr Carling provided feedback on findings and the framework for future activity.  As part of this, comprehensive guidelines for treatment of hearing loss in adults has been produced for use in Denmark and will be available from January 2023.  This is the first time in over 20 years that a document of this nature will have been produced for use in Denmark.

Dr Carling commented: “It’s been fantastic to see this important project come to fruition and to see how everything has evolved over the last 5 years. The project is an excellent example of outstanding teamwork between clinicians, academics, institutions and hearing aid manufacturers and there has been tremendous transparency and collaboration between all researchers and teams.  I know that the new guidelines will make an extremely positive impact on the effective treatment of hearing loss in Denmark in the future.”