Genetics and Hearing Loss Forum

Join us on June 28, 2024, for a special, half-day Genetics and Hearing Loss Forum as part of the AG Bell Global LSL Virtual Symposium!

This forum will focus on genetics and related topics and include presenters who will speak about this area from their various perspectives. The Genetics Forum is an add-on morning session to the Symposium and is included as part of your Symposium registration. Anyone who wishes to learn more about this timely topic and is only interested in attending this forum can register separately for the June 28 event at a cost of $149. As with all Symposium content, the forum will be recorded for viewing later and CEUs will be available for professionals to earn during this learning opportunity.

The schedule promises to be a slate of dynamic and cutting-edge presenters engaged in genetics research, medicine, and listening and spoken language intervention. Additional details will be available in April on this page as well as AG Bell’s social media channels.


Why a Forum on Genetics and Hearing Loss?

Advances in genetic therapy for hearing loss is creating quite a buzz in the hearing loss community. AG Bell wants to connect its community directly to the scientists involved in this exciting advancement for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

In February, AG Bell formed a committee of parents, professionals and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing to discuss recent findings, responses and potential impacts related to gene therapy. The committee recognizes that the current Otoferlin gene therapy trials are both exciting and specific to a small population of children, professionals, parents, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Yet the early results deserve further discussion to ensure anyone interested in potential gene therapy has accurate and timely information.

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