The Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians and the International Industrial Exhibition together are the world’s largest event for hearing care professionals, which is held annually in Germany. It attracts over 8,000 visitors and more than 140 exhibitors from more than 80 countries, each year. The event is a cooperation project of EUHA (European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians) and BVHI (German Hearing Aid Industry Association). EUHA is the host and organiser of the world’s largest international hearing care congress, and BVHI is the organiser of the industry exhibition.
The German Hearing Aid Industry Association (www.bvhi.org) is the representative of hearing aid manufacturers operating on the German market. It articulates the interests of its members and is the communication body for all topics related to hearing technology, hearing care and innovation. The association is committed to increasing the use of hearing instruments by people with hearing impairment and to educating people hard of hearing. It also promotes cooperation with all groups involved in the supply of hearing instruments. These include hearing care professionals, ENT doctors, health insurance companies, other associations and interest groups, as well as politics. The platform www.Ihr-hoergeraet.de, which is organised by the BHVI, provides neutral and fundamental information on all topics relating to good hearing, hearing impairment and hearing instruments. Not only those who are affected by a hearing loss, but also their relatives will find valuable information and up-to-date reports on latest innovations and hearing care topics. In addition to informative content, the platform also offers various online hearing tests as well as a search tool for hearing aid professionals and ENT doctors in Germany.
European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA)
With a total of some 700 members, the EUHA is the oldest professional association of hearing aid acousticians in Europe. Since 1960, the EUHA has been in charge of organising the International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians. Over the years, the event has gained international renown, and is considered the industry’s most important specialist congress held in Europe. The event offers two attractions: on the one hand, the comprehensive, multifaceted, and ambitious programme of presentations given by distinguished experts, on the other hand, the trade exhibition which mirrors the current high standard of, as well as future-oriented innovations in, hearing aid fitting and technology.
The European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians is an association for all persons working in hearing aid fitting and supply. It provides a platform for hearing aid acousticians, scientists and laymen with an interest in trade-specific and economic issues, who want to take part in specialised further education and vocational training in order to provide the best possible care for persons with impaired hearing. In doing so, the EUHA provides a platform for all those involved in the rehabilitation of hearing impaired persons and acts as a partner focused on quality. Further aims of the European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians include the cultivation of solidarity, responsible professional principles and the professional honour, laid down in a separate Code of Honour. While the EUHA focuses on scientific work within the profession, trade-political representation for hearing aid acousticians is taken care of by the Federal Guild of Hearing Aid Acousticians (Bundesinnung der Hörakustiker KödR).
Encouraged by the EUHA, hearing aid acousticians and academics cooperate on national and international levels. A vivid exchange of information on an advanced professional level forms the basis for keeping EUHA members up-to-date on the latest developments in Germany and abroad.
Regional meetings, seminars and conferences are focused on practical information and technical knowledge. Moreover, business issues and other concerns from the field of hearing aid acoustics can be discussed here.
Since 2010, the EUHA has presented an annual EUHA Sponsorship Award for young talents in hearing aid acoustics; since 2014, the EUHA has sponsored the European Phoniatrics EUHA Hearing Award for phoniatricians awarded biannually.
Further information: www.euha.org/en/