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Packed day of learning at BSHAA professional development day

Over 70 delegates were treated to a packed day of learning and networking at BSHAA's professional development day in London on Saturday 30 September.

The event was held in central London, at the etc venues Liverpool St-Norton Folgate Conference & Training, just five minutes from Liverpool Street Station.

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BSHAA Chief Executive Prof David Welbourn updated members on the latest Society developments, including the first joint event with BAA and BSA which is being held in February 2018; the current consultation on the Society's updated referral guidelines; and this year's Council and Vice President elections. Prof Welbourn then delivered a session on how hearing healthcare professionals can capitalise on new opportunities, with reference to the Lancet study on dementia and last week's Cochrane review on the impact of hearing aids. Dev Lall, meanwhile, delivered some practical strategies to grow a private practice.

All delegates are now Dementia Friends following a session by Nori Graham, a Dementia Friends Champion and Vice President of the National Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Disease International. Jonathan Vaisberg from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, outlined the findings of his research into the sound quality of hearing aid-processed music, and delivered some strategies for delegates to improve music listening.

Curtis Alcock, Audify managing director, talked delegates through his new model of positive hearing healthcare, the Nectima, while BSHAA Council member Raul Garcia-Medina looked at cerumen management, with lots of practical advice and top tips. Dr Christian Fullgrabe from the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham, outlined the TFS-AF test in relation to binaural sensitivity to temporal fine structure, and Brian Taylor delivered a session on interventional audiology by video link from the States. 

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Dr Jay Jindal, BSHAA Fellow and the Society's education consultant, said: "The event delivered important sessions on audiology science and practice, as well as providing business development strategies and advice. We provide members with a range of professional development opportunities to ensure they stay up to date in this fast-changing world. Our next professional development events are our webinars in October and December, and we are working with BAA and BSA on the first joint event that's being held in February next year in Leeds."

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