BSHAA Congress - Saturday agenda

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Day two of Congress will see a line-up of internationally-renowned experts delivering the latest insights in clinical and business practise, with keynote speeches from Dr Doris Bamiou, Dr Brian Taylor and Curtis Alcock.

The lecture hall is right next to the Congress exhibition, which is divided into three distinct zones: technology, business and careers to help you:

  • source the latest technology and see the next game-changing innovations;

  • find solutions to manage your business more effectively, from CRM systems and websites to clinic design and telehealth;

  • explore career options and pathways.

Exhibition opens
Registration and networking
BSHAA President Andrew Coulter

Andrew Coulter - BSHAA president

KEYNOTE: The public health agenda
A senior figure from Public Health England will outline current thinking on hearing as a public health issue 
The impact of hearing in the workplace
Speaker to be confirmed
KEYNOTE:  A perspective on auditory processing of older adults and the relationship with the pure tone audiogram
Professor Doris Bamiou
Professor in neuroaudiology at the UCL Ear Institute, and honorary consultant in audiological medicine at UCL Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital

Professor Doris Bamiou

Older adults present with reports of speech in noise difficulties, even when their audiometric thresholds are relatively preserved. These difficulties may reflect cognitive effects, auditory processing deficits, peripheral hearing deficits, or an interaction of these mechanisms. It may not always be possible to disentangle the effects of peripheral-type hearing impairment to that of auditory processing - but there is plenty of evidence that demonstrates age-related degrading of different aspects of auditory processing at relatively early stages of the auditory pathway.
This presentation will discuss the hearing deficits and needs of older adults, in cognitively normal as well as cognitively impaired populations. It will make a case for the need to consider both peripheral hearing and central auditory processing mechanisms, together with cognition, when evaluating hearing impaired older adults, and will provide a framework for professionals to carry out this evaluation.
KEYNOTE: Tests for assessing auditory function and their applications to the selection and fitting of hearing instruments
Professor Brian Moore
Emeritus professor of auditory perception, Cambridge University

Professor Brian Moore

The most widely used assessment tool for assessing auditory function is the audiogram. However, it is well known that two people with similar audiograms may function very differently and have different needs for amplification. There is, therefore, a need for tests of auditory function that go beyond the audiogram.
It has recently been demonstrated that noise exposure, ototoxic drugs and increasing age often lead to a loss of synapses between inner hair cells and auditory neurons. This “synaptopathy” effectively disconnects the inner hair cells (IHCs) from the neurons that make up the auditory nerve, leading to a reduced flow of information from the cochlea to the brain. This in turn can lead to problems in understanding speech in the presence of background sounds. In some cases, synaptopathy may be complete over a certain region of the cochlea, and this is often associated with degeneration of the IHC and the auditory neurons that would usually be connected to them. Such a region is called a “dead region” and it can be diagnosed using the “threshold equalising noise” (TEN) test or fast psychophysical tuning curves.
It is recommended that a hearing aid is programmed so that the gain is reduced for frequencies that fall well inside a dead region. Incomplete synaptopathy may lead to problems in the discrimination of sounds, including speech, but with little effect on the audiogram. This has been called “hidden hearing disorder” (HHD). There is no generally accepted test for diagnosing HHD, but some candidates will be described. A person with HHD may require the greatest possible noise reduction, for example by the use of highly directional microphones or remote microphones.   
A two-hour lunch in the Congress exhibition hall gives you lots of time for networking and exploring the exhibition's technology, business and careers zones 
KEYNOTE: Essential communications skills in the era of consumer-driven healthcare
Dr Brian Taylor
Signia director for scientific and product marketing, and editor-in-chief of the Hearing Healthcare & Technology Matters blog

Professional development day - Brian Taylor (2017 07 17 11 10 22 UTC)

Using some of the guiding principles of motivational intervewing, Dr Taylor will demonstrate how individualised communication goals and treatment options can be generated during a consultation. Learn how to build trust, gather information and set goals and treatment plans
What's new in the world of implantable hearing devices
Speaker to be confirmed
Tinnitus and tonotopic reorganisation in the cortex
Elouise Koops
Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, University Medical Centre, Groningen, Netherlands

Elouise Koops

Neuroscientist Elouise Koops's PhD project is investigating brain plasticity as a result of hearing loss and tinnitus. She is looking at differences in the functional response of the brain, as well as the structural changes that are associated with hearing loss. To investigate if any changes that occur in the brain are specifically related to tinnitus, psychophysics and neuroimaging methods are being used to compare people with hearing loss, with and without tinnitus. Find out more about Elouise's fascinating research in this presentation.
To be confirmed
KEYNOTE: Hearing and the meaning of life
Curtis Alcock
Founder of the Audira think tank and Audify MD

Curtis Alcock -

A thought-provoking (and intriguing!) finale to the 2019 Congress.
Curtis says: "Imagine someone across the table takes out a $100 bill, removes a lighter from their pocket and sets fire to the note whilst staring directly into your eyes. How do you feel about the loss of that note? Depends on what $100 means to you, right?
"We appreciate the loss of the note because we recognise its value. If only the same could be said of hearing - widely regarded by society as the ugly sister of vision and the optional extra of healthcare. Is hearing really that important in the grand scheme of things? Should Society be falling over themselves to use our services?
"In exactly 42 minutes we’ll unravel a mystery so astonishingly mind-blowing, it will forever change the significance of what we do. But be prepared: the answer is not what you think.
Congress exhibition prize draw
Congress ends


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