IFHOH World Congress - Budapest 2022 IFHOH BGM/EFHOH AGM

22-23-24 september 2022

Budapest Hungary
Ensana Thermal hotel Margaret island ****


1st JULY 2021
Online Registration opens
31st JULY 2022
Early bird deadline
8th SEPTEMBER 2022
Regular registration deadline

Dear Visitors!

We would like to inform you that Hungary and Budapest are safe areas. Visit our beautiful city and enjoy the colorful, meaningful Congressional performances and programs.


Dear New and Old Friends and Colleagues!

We are glad to announce the new dates for the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People’s 11th World Congress which was originally scheduled for the 27-29 of May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new dates for the Congress will be the 22-24 of September, 2022.

The Congress will take place in the historical city of Budapest which offers charm and interesting tourist sites. The new venue is the Ensana Thermal Hotel Margaret Island ****, a contemporary facility in a lush natural setting.

We invite you to join us for Congress 2022. It will be a welcomed opportunity to interact with friends and colleagues, focusing on issues of importance to improving the lives of hard of hearing persons. These issues include technological, medical, personal and social challenges as well as ways of addressing them and influencing public policy to advance the rights of hard of hearing people. 

As part of the Congress, IFHOH’s Biennial General Meeting will occur on the 22nd of September along with the Annual General Meeting of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People.  As well, the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People will hold its Annual General Meeting during the Congress.

The program will include social events and opportunities for connecting together with other hard of hearing persons, family members, professionals and corporate participants. This long-awaited for Congress is an opportunity not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you in Budapest from the 22-24 of September, 2022.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Ruth Warick

President, IFHOH (International Federation of Hard of Hearing People)

Dr. Adam Kosa

President, SINOSZ (Hungarian Association of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People)


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.



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.

We have served Deaf and Hard of Heaing communities for over 115 years through direct assistance programs and advocacy.  Our vision is a world where the sign language of the Deaf is part of the national culture and where the Hard of Hearing are helped on the road to active social participation in national life. We strongly believe that the IFHOH Congress with its prestige and themes has a significant role in social integration of the Hard of Hearing citizens of Hungary.





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



Medical Officer of World Health Organization



Expert, advisor and commissioner for strategic research



Prime Minister of Hungary

During the conference a Wi-Fi based assistive listening system will support listening to the presenters. 

The system will take audio from the microphones installed for the speakers and transmit it to smartphones and dedicated receivers connected to the Wi-Fi network that will be available at the venue. 

Users will have the chance to choose their audio content and language and listen to the spoken word anywhere where the Wi-Fi network will be available. 

Hearing aids featuring Bluetooth™ audio connection may be connected to the audio from the stage via the smartphone, thus providing the best quality for audio transmission. 

Personal loops (neckloops) may be used with dedicated receivers and/or smartphones for hearing aids featuring T-coil operation, and audio may also be received via standard headphones and earphones.

Any user have a number of approaches to take advantage of the system:

  1. If a smartphone is set up and connected to a Bluetooth™ capable hearing aid:
    • Use the dedicated WaveCAST receiver app from the App Store or Google Play Store to connect to the audio stream

2. If a hearing aid is not capable of Bluetooth™ audio connection, but T-coil operation is available and a smartphone is available

    • Use a neckloop provided at the venue. Please contact the organisers so sufficient amount of neckloops may be provided

3. If no smartphone is available

    • Use a dedicated receiver (and earphones or neckloops) provided at the venue. Please contact the organisers so sufficient amount of neckloops may be provided





Check-in for EFHOH meeting


EFHOH General Meeting (European Federation of Hard of Hearing) 


Lunch break


Check-in for IFHOH BGM


IFHOH Biennial General Meeting (International Federation of Hard of Hearing)


Registration for the Conference participants


Inter-organizations' meeting


Welcome Reception





Welcome session

Dr. Ruth Warick (IFHOH president)

Attila Fülöp (Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary)

Dr. Adam Kosa (SINOSZ president)

Juergen Scheading (Conf. Patrons)

Kompolti Péter (Hungarian National Lottery)


Keynote presentation

Dr. Shelly Chadha (Technical lead, Programme for ear and hearing care, World Health Organization)

Hearing across the life course: is it possible?


Coffee break


Keynote presentation

PhD. Laszlo Lovaszy

Good examples + better technology = best opportunities in a more equal and sustainable society


General session

Lucas Fisher (EHIMA)

Myths and facts about hearing aid usage – what users really report


General session

PhD. Andrea Jambor (SINOSZ)

World without barriers or voices?


Lunch break


Theme 1: Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss 

Carole Willans

The Value of Mentoring and Peer Support


Theme 1: Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss 

Dr. Ewa Domagala-Zysk

A decade of progress for hard of hearing community in Poland


Theme 1: Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss 

Ursula Soffner

My life as a person with electric 'artificial' ears in Germany


Theme 1: Identity and interactions: personal and social dimensions of a hearing loss 

Patrick S.C. D'Haese

Hearing loss and menthal Health


Coffee break


Theme 2: Technological innovations for hearing accessibility

Stephen Klineberg (Cochlear)

Working Together to improve Access to Hearing for all


Theme 2: Technological innovations for hearing accessibility

Niels H. Pontoppidan, Lidia Best

Insights from data-driven hearing healthcare with smart hearing aids in Horizon 2020 project EVOTION


Theme 2: Technological innovations for hearing accessibility

Juliëtte Sterkens, Rob Drullman

Assistive Listening Technology – Today and Tomorrow


Theme 2: Technological innovations for hearing accessibility

Christopher Sutton

Inclusion of Hard of Hearing Persons in the Built Environment


Theme 2: Technological innovations for hearing accessibility

Chuck Sabin (Bluetooth SIG), Andrew Thomas

Is Bluetooth® Technology the New Standard for Assistive Listening Systems?


Dr. Ruth Warick


View of the exhibits and displays

Liisa Sammalpenger, PhD. Stina Ojala

Vibrotactile aids in daily living solutions


Meeting of the International Hearing Access Committee (IHAC)


Social events - optional evening programs

Shari Eberts Book presentation at the hall





Morning welcome speech

Dr. Ruth Warick (IFHOH)


General session

Avi Blau (IFHOH)

Artificial Intelligence for Captions creation


General session

Dr. Adam Kosa (SINOSZ)

Why is it harder to be hard of hearing these days?


General session

Emese Belenyi, PhD (Partium Christian University - Oradea)

One household - How many cultures?


Coffee break


4x20 min presentation in plenary session

Moses Serwadda and Brender Wanyana

Employment for Persons with Hearing Loss


Paulina Lewandowska

Significance of IFHOHYP activities for hard of hearing (HoH) people


Sanna Kaijanen, Anniina Lavikainen

Digital Participation as an Outlet for Interaction


Sue Archbold, PhD, Hon LLD; Brian Lamb, OBE

Addressing the gap in access to CI: How?


Lunch break


Theme 3:

Medical developments for better hearing

Patrick S.C. D'Haese

Digital campaigns to raise awareness on hearing loss


Theme 3:

Medical developments for better hearing

Shari Eberts

What You Need to Know about Person-Centered Care


Theme 3:

Medical developments for better hearing

Heldner Benjamin (Phonak)

Phonak innovations in hearing loss


Theme 3:

Medical developments for better hearing

Dr. Leo De Raeve

Development of living guidelines for cochlear implantation in adults


Coffee break


Theme 4:

Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

Liisa Sammalpenger, PhD. Stina Ojala

Speech-to-text interpreting in promoting equaility


Theme 4:

Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

Nikolai Bisgaard

Hearing aid uptake across the world


Theme 4:

Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

Dr. Ruth Warick, Patrick Gift Egessa

Inclusive Education


Theme 4:

Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

Lidia Best

Accessibility: a requirement to inclusion and participation


Theme 4:

Legislative, policy and human rights advances for hard of hearing people

Neeta Keshary

Access to Hearing Health Care


Discussion and conclusion

Ruth Warick, Joseph Murray representing World Federation of the Deaf and the International Disability Alliance


Gala dinner

Shari Eberts Book presentation at the hall

 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:

  • New developments in hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive listening systems.
  • Developments in barrier free environments.
  • Hearing applications of mobile smartphones and of wireless communications.

Note: Featured speakers for this session include members of the International Hearing Access Committee which aims to foster greater understanding and awareness of accessible technology.

 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.

 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.


The best platform for presenting your research is at the IFHOH BGM/AGM &World Congress – Budapest 2022.

Important dates:

1: Oral and Poster presentation submission opens 1st July 2021
2: Oral and Poster presentation submission deadline is 31st May 2022
3: Notification deadline is 7th June 2022

If you DO NOT receive any e-mail notification regarding your abstract submission, please send an e-mail to haban.zsuzsa@sinosz.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 abstract text will be reproduced as typed by the author.


Registration is required for all conference participants preferably until 8th September, 2022. It is recommended to make the registration online in order to avoid double charges, please register only ONCE.
We are able to confirm the registration after the payment of the participation fee

After this date, only on-site applications are possible, taking into account the remaining free spaces.
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Zsuzsa Haban at haban.zsuzsa@sinosz.hu


until 31st July 2022
until 8th September 2022
Conference fee
550 EUR
650 EUR
Student ticket*
350 EUR
390 EUR
Daily conference ticket
300 EUR
350 EUR
Accompained person ticket
150 EUR
200 EUR


  • 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)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches

* Student tickets are valid people under 26 years with valid international student ID


  • Welcome reception (not a complete dinner)
  • Lunches 
  • Entrance ticket to the Szechenyi Thermal 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.




Allow yourself to be seduced by elegance and refined style.
We kindly provide the restaurant of the oldest hotel in Hungary as the venue for the gala dinner.

Just a few steps from the
conference venue, the Grand Hotel Margaret Island is an imposing neo romantic building constructed in 1873.

The graceful elegance and refined interior of the historical building, The Széchenyi Restaurant perfectly invokes the atmosphere of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

During the 4-course gala dinner, we will color the evening with surprise performances.

Places are limited, you should register as soon as possible by the following link below: www.ticket-m.hu —-

Price: 90 euro per person


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.


Coming soon…


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 2022 the best way to present your interest and support for People with hard of hearing – and to showcase your latest achievements to estimated 250 international IFHOH 2022 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.


Ensana Thermal Hotel Margaret Island ****

Tel: +36 1 889 4752
Budapest – Margitsziget, 1007 Hungary

Please note that you have to arrange your own accommodation. Ore- reservations for conference quests and delegates have been placed with the Ensana Thermal Hotel Margaret Island ****. Reserved according to availability.

Health Temple and City hotel surrounded by greenery

Uniquely situated on the quiet and green Margaret Island in the heart of Budapest, the modern Ensana Thermal Hotel Margaret Island **** offers free use of its large spa area, an indoor and an outdoor pool, and free WiFi access.

This Four-Star hotel is by far the best health hotel in Budapest – with its proprietary thermal water springs, expansive spa and wellness area, modern fitness centre and medical expertise in balneotherapyrehabilitation and cosmetic surgery.

The property is also a popular destination for business meetings with our newly renovated rooms and a sophisticated conference and lobby area. The lush landscape lends well to a variety of sports and leisure activities as well as breathtaking sights to see and explore.  

All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony. A work desk, satellite TV and bathrobes are also provided.

Who could ask for anything more?

Room rates:

Early bird room rate
Valid till 31st July 2022
premium single room: 135 EUR / room / night
premium double room:  145 EUR / room / night

The discounted price is valid in case of advance payment, it cannot be canceled or changed.


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…


How to get to the conference venue, the
Ensana Thermal Hotel Margaret Island ****


All participants arriving at ‘Liszt Ferenc’ International Airport (formerly known as Ferihegy Airport) are advised to take the airport shuttle minibus to their hotels; this is the least expensive and most reliable service. You can find information about the Airport Shuttle Minibus (LRI) service on the following link: http://www.airportshuttle.hu/en

(Metropolitan bus No. 200E) also leaves from the terminal building for Kőbánya-Kispest station, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to the Nyugati Railway – Metro station. Than change bus line No 26 ( next to the Railway station to Szállodák/ Hotels stop) 400 m from the hotel


A high quality and fair passenger carrier service is running at Liszt Ferenc Airport, fotaxi.eu whose fares are defined and limited by zones. Efficient and simple taxi ordering procedure characterizes this taxi company. The price is appr. 30 EUR from Airport to the hotel.


There are 3 major international railway stations in Budapest (Déli pu., Keleti pu. and Nyugati pu.), located in the city centre and within easy reach of the hotels, either by public transport or by taxi. See the following link about railway services: (www.mav.hu)


Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7. Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary. 

Take any motorway in the direction of Budapest City Centre than on the Arpad híd ( Arpad bridge turn to Margitsziget (Margaret Island) – turn left onto the parking lot and continue to the hotel.

Parking is available at an open air parking area at the Hotel Helia, for 10 Euro/ day. Parking in the city centre is subject to fees.


The Hungarian currency is the forint (Ft and HUF). If you want to exchange your currency to forint, always do so at an official exchange office. Never exchange money on the streets with random strangers, since this is prohibited by law.

There are ATMs on almost every corner in Budapest. Money withdrawal from ATMs is in forint.

All major credit and debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, etc.) are accepted.

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = 400 HUF

There’s no general rule, but 10% of the final price is usually expected in restaurants, pubs, cafés and taxis. There are restaurants where the service fee is already included in the price, so check the bill before tipping. Be careful about saying “Thank you!” when paying. If you say it while handing over the money, this is informally taken to mean that you don’t expect any change to be given back.


Time zone:

Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone (GMT+1).


Most hotels/hostels include Internet facilities as part of their service (it’s usual, but not always free of charge). Cafés, pubs, and restaurants usually offer free Wi-Fi Internet access. There’s a free Wi-Fi service on Intercity trains and selected bus lines.


Hungary uses 220 volts AC and the European-style plug (two circular metal pins). If your appliance has a 120/240-volt switch, all you will need is a plug adapter – otherwise, a current converter is required.

Pay attention to sockets in bathrooms and on trains marked „Shavers Only”. While these put out 110 volts, they will burn out with a more powerful appliance.


Smoking is NOT permitted inside the Congress buildings or at the venues for the social functions. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors in the designated area.


Public transport IN BUDAPEST

Public transport in the city is well organized. Tickets must be purchased in advance at metro stations or tobacco shops.

Whenever you change vehicle, validate a new ticket. One-day, three-day and weekly travel cards allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the administrative boundary of Budapest can be bought at each metro station for 1650 HUF, 4150 HUF and 4950 HUF, respectively. EU citizens over 65 years are allowed to travel for free on the vehicles of the public transport.


If you are not familiar with the city, it is easiest to get around by a taxi cab. Budapest has a single, uniform taxi service policy. It mandates every taxi company to use distinctive yellow cars and charge uniform fares. All vehicles must provide the option to pay by bank card. During the conference do not hesitate to call a taxi through at the Registration Desk.

Never hail a cab on the street! Call one of the following numbers to order one!

Főtaxi +36 1 2 222 222
Budapest Taxi +36-1-4-333-333
City Taxi +36-1-2-111-111

Uber is currently illegal in Hungary.


Tap water in Budapest is generally safe to drink. Public restrooms are practically non-existent in Budapest, with the exception of shopping malls. Both locals and tourists use the rest rooms in shopping malls, cafés and restaurants (especially fast food).

Our tip would be to always carry a few hundred forints in your pocket in case you get the urge to go, while touring the city.


Registration fees do not include participants’ insurance against personal accidents, sickness and cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.


Emergency hotline: 112.

Once you have dialled the number, the dispatcher connects you to the corresponding service (ambulance, police, fire dept.). Calls are free from any public or private phones, but they should only be made in real emergencies.

Medical costs for foreigners

Only emergency first-aid assistance is free – foreign tourists must pay for all other types of medical care and medicines. Costs will vary greatly between doctors working at publicly run clinics and those working privately.


Budapest’s pharmacies (gyógyszertár in Hungarian) are well stocked and can provide medicaments for most commonailments. Each of the 23 districts has an all-night pharmacy open every day, a sign on the door of any pharmacy will help you locate the closest one.



Hungary is part of the Schengen Area of 26 European countries. For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter Hungary. Citizens of other countries should check whether visa is needed for them when entering Hungary (for more information please visit the home page of the Hungarian Consular Service (www.konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu) On request, the IFHOH World Congress 2022-Budapest Congress Secretariat will issue invitation letters for visa applications. Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary and note that visa application takes 30-60 days and personal procedure is necessary.

Invitation letter

Please contact haban.zsuzsa@sinosz.hu for invitation letter.


The main shopping areas are located in Pest’s City Center. One of them is Váci Street (Váci utca), perhaps the most famous shopping street in Budapest. Designated as a pedestrian precinct, it runs from Vörösmarty Square to Vámház körút (Central Market Hall) featuring a large number of fashionable shops, restaurants and cafés.

The most popular souvenirs to bring home are wine, especially Tokaji, and porcelain, like Herendi and Zsolnay. Other products such as paprika and embroidery are also popular. A great source of Hungarian products is the spectacular Central Market Hall.

Opening hours:

Most shops are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, while malls are generally open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Outside Budapest and other main cities, many businesses and stores still close on Sundays, but in the larger cities you can expect most shops to be open.


Conference secretariat
Zsuzsa Haban haban.zsuzsa@sinosz.hu