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IFHOH World Congress - Budapest 2020
27-28-29 May 2020
IFHOH 2020 World Congress
is postponed to 2022 spring

Budapest – HUNGARY
Hotel Helia Danubius

gold sponsor

Important dates

15 October 2019
Online Registration opens
20 October 2019
Oral and Poster Presentation submission opens
28 February 2020
Oral and Poster presentation submission deadline
29 February 2020
Early bird registration deadline
15 May 2020
Regular registration deadline


Dear New and Old Friends and Colleagues!

I invite you to attend the 11th IFHOH World Congress in Budapest, a historical city near the Danube River with lots of beautiful and interesting places to visit. The Congress will take place at the Hotel Helia Danubius, a wellness hotel with ample conference facilities and comfortable rooms.

Congress 2020 will offer food for the mind over two days. You will learn more about the life of the hard of hearing persons, and their personal and social challenges. You will be introduced to technological innovations for hearing accessibility, medical developments for better hearing, and to legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people.

Interested in organizations at work? The Congress will be preceded by the Biennial General Meeting of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People and by the Annual General Meeting of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People. As well, there will be a town hall meeting of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People.

There will be numerous exciting social events as well. We hope that this Congress will be a wonderful experience for you and your family! Register for IFHOH Congress 2020, and see you in Budapest!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Ruth Warick
President, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

»» President message ««

Dr. Adam Kosa
President, SINOSZ

Scientific Organiser

IFHOH- International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) was established in 1977 as an international, non-governmental organization, registered in Germany. IFHOH represents the interests of more than 300 million hard of hearing people worldwide. This includes late deafened adults, cochlear implant users, and people who experience Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, Hyperacusis and auditory processing disorders. IFHOH has over 40 national member organizations from most regions of the world. IFHOH and the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) work to promote greater understanding of hearing loss issues and to improve access for hard of hearing people. IFHOH has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliation with the World Health Organization, and membership in the International Disability Alliance.


Local Organiser/Host

SINOSZ- Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing(SINOSZ) as a national non-profit advocacy organization operating in Hungary live deaf and hard of hearing to promote social inclusion. To this end, the legislation provided for the implementation of encouraging help improve their quality of life, real needs and demands, based on processes encourage accessibility, community theatres facilities.



Juergen Schaeding IFHOH, Special Advisor, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People


Shelley Chadha, Medical Officer of World Health Organization (CV)

Laszlo Lovaszy, Ph.D., expert, advisor and commissioner for strategic research (CV)

Juergen Schaeding
Shelley Chadha
Laszlo Lovaszy, Ph.D.

Conference program

Time Room Program
8:00-8:30   Registration for AGM and BGM
8:30-12:00 Helia conference hall EFHOH Annual General Meeting (European Federation of Hard of Hearing) 
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-17:00 Helia conference hall IFHOH Biannual General Meeting ( Internationasl Federation of Hard of Hearing)
14:00-18:00 Lobby Registration for the Conference participants
19:00-21:00 Restaurant Jupiter ( Hotel Hélia) Welcome Reception

Time Room Program Speaker
9.00-10.00 Helia conference hall Welcome session Dr. Ruth Warick (IFHOH president)
Attila Fülöp / Ildikó Horváth - Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary
Dr. Ádám Kósa (SINOSZ president)
Juergen Schaeding (Conf. Patrons)
10:00-10:30 Helia conference hall 2x30 min presentation Shelley Chadha (WHO) keynote
10:30-11:00 PhD. Laszlo Lovaszy, Ph.D. - Hungarian keynote
11:00-11:40 Coffee break
11.40-12.00 Helia conference hall General session Dr. Ruth Warick - IFHOH president
Inclusive Education for Hard of Hearing Persons
12:00-12:20 Dr. Andrea Jámbor - SINOSZ
World without barriers or voices?
12:20-12:40 Dr. Max Niebling - EHIMA
Myths and facts about hearing aid usage
12:40-13:00 Elisa Molino - Apple
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14.30-14:50 Helia conference hall Theme 1:
Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss 
Gael Hannan
I'm Hearing As Hard As I Can
14:50-15:10 Vasiliki Maria (Vivian) ILIADOU
Hearing impairment is much more than we are currently evaluating. 
15:10-15:30 Natasha Gallardo
Listen Up, New Zealand
15:30-15:50 Lidia Best, Dr. Ewa Domagala-Zysk
A decade of progress for hard of hearing community in Poland
14.30-14:50 Panorama room Theme 2:
 Technological innovations for hearing accessibility
Ananya Herbert - Phonak
Phonak Marvel
14:50-15:10 Karyn D. Menck- Jennifer Schuck
Which Method of Speech-to-Text Captioning is Appropriate?
15:10-15:30 Andrew Thomas
Providing accurate information to stakeholders and users of A/L technology
15:30-15:50 Alexander Goldin
A Consumer-Focused Alternative to Hearing Aids
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Helia conference hall Discussion and conclusion Dr. Ruth Warick
17:00-18:30 Mercure room Poster presentation
16.30-17:30 Venus room IFHOHYP AGM (International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People)
20:00-22:00 Outside venue Get together party  ( optional)

Time Room Program Speaker
9.00-9:10 Helia conference hall Morning welcome speach Chairman
9:10-9:30 General session Avi Blau - IFHOH
Artificial Intelligence for Captions creation
9:30-9:50 Dr. Ádám Kósa - SINOSZ
9:50-10:10 Dr. Emese Belényi-
One household- How many cultures?
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:20 Helia conference hall 4x20 min presentation  in general topic Michele Nealon, Aida Regel Poulsen (EFHOH)
The Impact of Hearing Loss on Social and Economic Status
11:20-11:40 Hanna Rantala
Digital Skills as an Outlet for Participation 
11:40-12:00 Juliette Sterken; Barbara Kelley, Rob Drullman
Assistive Listening Technology – Today and Tomorrow
11.00-12.30 Sue Archbold, PhD, Hon LLD ; Brian Lamb, OBE
 Advocacy action to influence global public health policies on hearing care
12:30-14:00 Lunch time
14:00-14:20 Helia conference hall Theme 3:
Medical developments for better hearing
Patrick S.C. D'Haese
Digital campaigns to raise awareness on hearing loss
14:20-14:40 Niels H. Pontoppidan, Ms Lidia Best, Jeppe H. Christensen, Mark Sladen, Louisa Murdin, Doris-Eva Bamiou
Insights from data-driven hearing healthcare in EVOTION
14:40-15:00 Attila Tuzson, Association of Medical Devices Manufacturers, Hungary
15:00-15:20 Harald Seidler ,Germany DSB Head of Department
Historic formation of international cochlear implant advocacy alliance to improve access to cochlear implants for adult with severe to profound hearing loss
14:00-14:20 Panorama room  Theme 4:
Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people  
Marit Skatvedt, Marte Oppedal Vale
A school without barriers
14:20-14:40 Nikolai Bisgaard
Hearing aid uptake across the world
14:40-15:00 Tadashi Takaoka
The text interpreter business by  Tokio interpreters Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
15:00-15:20 Berit Elisabeth Tollefsen
School without barriers. How to gain equal rights and equality
15:20-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Helia conference hall discussion and conclusion Dr. Ruth Warick
19:00-22:00 Outside venue Gala dinner
Theme 1: Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss

Theme 1:

  • impact of hearing loss on cognition, energy level, and self-esteem.
  • Effects of hearing loss on one’s way of being and manner of interacting with others.
  • Social and economic status of individuals with hearing loss and its impact on their family members and community.
  • The role of hard of hearing organizations in validating a person’s identity and in providing outlets for interaction and advocacy.
Theme 2: Technological innovations for hearing accessibility

Theme 2:

  • New developments in hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive listening systems.
  • Developments in captions for TV, for public events and for in-person communication.
  • Hearing applications of mobile smartphones and of wireless communications.
Medical developments for better hearing

Theme 3:

  • Developments in health care practices, medical research and medical technology.
  • Developments regarding cochlear implants, middle ear implants, brain-stem implants, bone encored implants, hair cell regeneration
  • New audiology measuring, fitting and following technics.
  • Improvements in hearing health care, treatment for tinnitus and drug use protocols.
Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

Theme 4:

  • Public policy initiatives at the organizational, municipal, national, regional or global level.
  • The UN CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals), the World Health Assembly (of the WHO) Resolution 70.13, and there implementation to hard of hearing and deaf persons.

Confirmed speakers

The past, the present and the future of the largest hidden group of persons with disabilities

Laszlo Lovaszy, Ph.D. - keynote

The presenter will show the past experience and the present challenges of hard of hearing people in the world through the lens of personal experiences. He will also provide different perspectives of hard of hearing persons in terms of legislation, technology, science as well as current societal phenomena with special regards to the activity and achievements of the UNCRPD Convention. He finally will give a larger picture on the European situation with a view to aging societies.


Registration is required for all conference participants preferably until 15 May 2020. It is recommended to make the registration online in order to avoid double charges, please register only ONCE.


Any registration and payment received after that date will be accepted as regular registration. Confirmation will be sent to all participants by the organizers upon receipt of registration and payment.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the congress organizer,

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Participation fee
Early bird fee
until 29 February 2020
Regular fee
from 1 March 2020
Conference fee490 EUR590 EUR
Student ticket350 EUR390 EUR
Daily conference ticket290 EUR340 EUR
Accompained person ticket120 EUR140 EUR

Participation fees include

  • Access to all scientific sessions
  • Admission to the exhibition area
  • Printed material of the conference
  • Electronic access to the book of abstracts
  • Conference bag
  • Welcome reception (not a complete dinner, 27 May)
  • Coffee breaks (28-29 May)
  • Lunches (28-29 May)
  • Accompanying persons’ registration fee includes

  • Welcome reception (not a complete dinner, 27 May)
  • Lunches (28-29 May)
  • Entrance ticket to the Dagaly Termal bath

  • Accompanying persons' registration fee and exhibitor's registration fee is not valid for admission to the scientific part of the Conference, and these fees do not include conference materials, only social events.

    Social events


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    Offering breathtaking views of Budapest landmarks, rooftop hangouts across the city come to life in summer. Some are located atop luxury hotels, others above historic buildings at prestigious locations.


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    For the third year running, palm-lined, sandy Lupa Beach brings the seaside closer to Budapest. Spread over two kilometres of waterfront near Budakalász, this leisure park offers a real holiday experience.


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    When summer in the city becomes overwhelming, you can escape the crowds with an easy day trip to the Buda hills, where the Zugliget Chairlift will take you up the side of János Hill in about 15 minutes.

    Submit your abstract

    The Abstract Submission Deadline has been expired
    However, due to the high number of requested received, Abstract Submission only for Poster Presentation is possible until 28 February 2020.

    Call for paper

    The best platform for presenting your research is at the IFHOH BGM/AGM & World Congress- Budapest 2020.

    Call for paper

    Important dates:

  • Oral and Poster presentation submission opens 20 October 2019.
  • Oral presentation submission deadline has been expired
  • Notification deadline is 31 January 2020.
  • The conference covers aspects of the everyday life of hard of hearing people, including:

    Theme 1. Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss
    Theme 2. Technological innovations for hearing accessibility
    Theme 3. Medical developments for better hearing
    Theme 4. Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

    If you DO NOT receive any e-mail notification regarding your abstract submission by 1 February 2020, please send an e-mail to zsanett.reichardt@miracolosoevent.hu

    Authors are invited to submit the one-page abstracts in PDF with clearly stating the purpose, the principal results, and major conclusion to be presented at the symposium. Abstract submission should be done through the electronic submission page. Submissions by fax, post, or e-mail will not be considered.

    Abstracts can be submitted in English only.

    It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact in the abstract text will be reproduced as typed by the author.

    Abstract submission

    Exhibition and Sponsorship

    Thank you for your interest in partnering with us! We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate to market your organization and services to our members.

    Sponsoring of „World without barriers” IFHOH World Congress- Budapest 2020 the best way to present your interest and support for People with hard of hearing - and to showcase your latest achievements to estimated 400 international IFHOH 2020 delegates (with Japan, US and Central/Northern Europe as main countries of origin).

    We offer tailored sponsorship packages as well as the possibility to e.g. fund specific events or activities, like Welcome Cocktail, Gala Dinner or Coffee breaks to guarantee your visibility!

    Check our diverse set of possibilities and get in touch with our Conference Secretary. Together, we will find the most convenient and efficient way to co-operate! All prices are in €uro and exclusive of VAT.

    Hotel and venue

    Please note that you have to arrange your own accommodation. Pre-reservations for conference guests and delegates have been placed with the Danubius Hotel Helia. Reserved according to the availability.

    Danubius Hotel Helia ****
    62-64 Kárpát utca, 1133 Budapest, Hungary

    "City and spa"

    The Danubius Hotel Helia is a 4 stars wellness and conference hotel is located on the bank of the Danube. Every room has wireless internet, cable TV, a hairdryer and a mini bar. The Budapest Liszt Ferenc International airport is only 25 km away.

    Barrier-controlled enclosed car park at the entrance to the hotel. Parking fee: EUR 10/day

    The city centre is just 15 minutes away, while the nearby Margaret Island offers a host of recreational activities in beautiful parkland.

    Whether you’d like to unwind after work wellness centre is the perfect spot. It has an adventure pool, swimming pool, sauna and a two-storey fitness club with stunning panoramic views. The hotel’s thermal bath is fed by natural thermal water from Margaret Island’s springs.

    Check-in and check-out: Please check in at the hotel reception desk upon arriving to the hotel, where you will be given your room keys. Please check out before you leave the hotel.

    We kindly offer you other hotels too, please contact with the congress secretary, at zsanett.reichardt@miracolosoevent.hu.


    IFHOH 2020 Congress - 26-29 May 2020

    Junior participants, twin room (max. 30 rooms)
    98 EUR standard rooms double occupancy
    Early bird prices until 30. November 2019
    105 EUR standard room single occupancy
    117 EUR standard room double occupancy
    115 EUR superior single occupancy
    127 EUR superior double occupancy
    December 2019 – 17. April 2020
    115 EUR standard single occupancy
    127 EUR standarddouble occupancy
    125 EUR superior single occupancy
    137 EUR superior double occupancy
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    Often described as the "Little Paris of Middle Europe", Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remains from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire the union with Austria has a particular influence on the city's form and style.

    The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city.

    Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, book stores, antique stores and café houses.

    Budapest has a lot to offer. Museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and historic buildings, baths and pools are presented together with the influence of Secession in the city.

    There is an unmistakable feeling that something out of the ordinary is just around the corner, but what it will be is up to you to find out...

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