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In this issue: A Report from All Ears Cambodia • How to

run a journal club • Tackling Tinnitus Campaign Launched • Annual Conference report from Nottingham


A British Society of Audiology publication

issue December 2011 64

Contents Front cover pictures: Children playing in the floods in Cambodia Annual Conference: Professor Quentin Summerfield in the Lecture Theatre The Drinks Reception Exhibition room David Baguley , Judith Bird (page 23), Ned Carter (page 31), Audiology in Cambodia (photo courtesy of All Ears Cambodia)

Editors: Christine DePlacido Safiya Husain Susannah Goggins Matt Murray Assistant Editor: Ann Allen BSA News 80 Brighton Road Reading RG6 1PS Tel: 0118 966 0622 Fax: 0118 935 1915 Email:

Printers: MRM Associates Ltd Unit C4, Weldale Street Reading, RG1 7BX Tel: 0118 950 0987

Editorial 2 Chairman’s message 3 Puretone Celebrates 35 Years 4 Interesting abstracts 5 Hearing and Balance UK 9 CHAIN support network 10 New Chairman for AIHHP 11 PC Werth and Etymotic Research Announce UK Distribution Partnership 12 The British Tinnitus Association launches its ‘Tackling Tinnitus’ Campaign 13 Tinnitus Charity Awards Coveted Industry Prize at Conference 15 The British Tinnitus Association & Audiologists 17 Knowing Me, Knowing...The Editors 19 1

How to run a journal club Annual Conference 2011 A Report from Cambodia Tribute to Michael Eric Bryan Examination Passes AGM Report for Council 2011 Special Interest Group reports Available from BSA Calibration services Council and meeting dates Membership Useful names & addresses Sponsor members Fees - membership & advertising Submissions

23 27 31 33 34 35 45 47 48 49 50 51 53 54 56

Editorial I

t is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another year. At the start of the year we think of new beginnings, but here at BSA News

we thought we would get ahead of the game and our two new editors have joined us for the December issue. Safiya and I are both looking forward to working in the bigger team with Susannah and Matt. You will find an editor’s version of ‘Knowing me…’ in this issue. Hopefully that will let you get to know us all a little bit better. Over the last year we have had an increase in the number of submissions to BSA News and would

Christine DePlacido

encourage you all to think about submitting. One of the developments we are planning is offering support to new Authors who may be nervous about submitting or unsure about the process. If you want to discuss this further please get in touch. The conference in Nottingham was a great success. the venue was marvellous and the programme extremely interesting. You will find photos and articles inside. We are using the same venue next year so we hope you can all come along. All that remains now is to wish that you all stay warm and well over the winter period, and have a happy and peaceful holiday. We will see you all next year!

Safiya Husain Chris DePlacido

Safiya Husain

Susannah Goggins

The British Society of Audiology publishes BSA News as a means of communicating infomation among its members about all aspects of audiology and related topics. Matt Murray

BSA News accepts contributions, features and news articles concerning a wide range of clinical and research activities. Articles typically emphasise practical rather than theoretical material. BSA News welcomes announcements, enquiries for information and letters to the editor. Letters may be in response to material in the News or may relate to professional issues. Submissions may be subject to editorial review and alteration for clarity and brevity. See the ‘Submissions’ page for more information and requirements. BSA News is published in April, August and December. Contributions should preferably be emailed to or sent to; The Editor, BSA News, 80 Brighton Road, Reading, RG6 1PS. Tel: 0118 966 0622, Fax: 0118 935 1915. Views expressed in BSA News do not necessarily reflect those of The British Society of Audiology, or of the editors. The Society does not necessarily endorse the content of advertisements or non-Society documents included with their mailings. The Society reserves the right to refuse to circulate advertisements, without having to state a reason.


Chairman’s message A

s I write, the BSA Conference 2011 (held jointly with the Experimental Short Papers meeting) remains a vivid memory. A capacity crowd

of around 300 enjoyed a rich programme of keynote lectures, presentations and posters, and the exhibition proved a lively attraction for delegates. Deb Hall, Heather Fortnum and their team are to be congratulated for organising such a successful meeting, providing very substantial scientific and clinical content at a keen price. Personal highlights for me were the keynote lectures by Quentin Summerfield (this being the Twilight lecture sponsored by Action on Hearing Loss) and by Stuart Rosen. Both of these addressed issues of clinical importance (the benefits of binaural cochlear implants and hearing in noise respectively) with immense scientific rigour, stretching the boundaries of knowledge for both scientist and clinician members of the audience. In both 2010 and 2011 it has been this multidisciplinary audience that has been distinctive about

David Baguley

the meeting, and this reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the BSA. The advantages of having the Experimental Short Papers and Annual Conference run alongside each other are very significant, but this does create a task of meeting the needs of both communities. No-one involved with the meeting would say that this was perfectly achieved, and care needs to be taken to maintain that which was distinctive and valued about each separate meeting. The strategy of maintaining the BSA as the place where translational research dialogue can flourish has been discussed at length at Council and will be upheld. With this in mind, the Conference will be held in Nottingham again in 2012 (5 Sept – 7 Sept) and with a modified but similar format. Another issue that has been the source of Council discussion has been the relationship of BSA with Action on Hearing Loss (AoHL – previously RNID). This was precipitated by the strategic partnership of AoHL with Specsavers Hearing Centres. Many readers will know that I wrote as BSA Chair to Jackie Ballard, CEO of AoHL, and expressed concern that the nature and timing of this partnership would diminish the reputation of AoHL and their ability to promote the needs and rights of hearing impaired people. A response to that letter was received, and acknowledged the BSA view, and at an upcoming meeting with AoHL Kevin Munro (BSA Vice Chair) and I will seek to further understand the strategic trajectory of AoHL and how the BSA should respond to that. In the meantime, BSA has agreed to join the Charities Alliance that AoHL have instigated, so that our knowledge and experience can be utilised in that context. Reading this you will be in the midst of preparations for Christmas. I hope that within the hustle and bustle of this busy time of year there are some opportunities for rest and reflection.


Puretone Celebrates 35 Years in Business P

uretone, the UK’s only independent hearing aid manufacturer is very happy to have recently reached the milestone of 35 years in business. Founded in 1976 by Jay Choudhry OBE, Puretone has steadily grown over the years to become a premier manufacturer of quality hearing aids, tinnitus devices and faceplate kits, with products being exported to over 90 countries worldwide.

The past 35 years has seen Puretone privileged to win many awards, including the prestigious Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. In addition, the company has confirmed its status as the UK’s premier supplier of audiological accessories by winning the AIHHP award for best accessories provider 4 years in a row. Managing Director, Baz Choudhry said, “It is an honour to be a part of this family business for so long, to watch it grow year after year with the multitude of changes in our industry.”. For more information visit www.puretone. net


Puretone Ltd, 9-10 Henley Business Park, Rochester, Kent. ME2 4FR. UK.

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Interesting abstracts The following is a list of abstracts of audiologically related articles published in journals that are not usually associated with Audiology or Abstracts compiled by: Safiya Husain Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital, London

ENT, although the odd audiology journal with an eye-catching title might slip in. The idea is to bring to the attention of our readers information that is hopefully of interest, found in journals that audiologists may not routinely read. The abstracts were obtained using a relatively sensitive but non-specific search for audiological terms using the Medline and Web of Science information systems. The search produced a very large number of references that were filtered to a smaller number that appeared most interesting, relevant and novel.

Intra-operative observation of changes in cochlear nerve action potentials during exposure to electromagnetic fields generated by mobile phones Authors: Colletti V, Mandala, M, Ramat S, Sacchetto L, Colletti L. Source: J of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 82 (7), 766-771, July 2011 Abstract: Background: The rapid spread of devices

patients suffering from MÊnière’s disease and



undergoing retrosigmoid vestibular neurectomy

has raised concerns as to the possible effects

were exposed to the effects of mobile phone

of this technology on humans. The auditory


system is the neural organ most frequently and

Results: All patients showed a substantial decrease

directly exposed to electromagnetic activity

in amplitude and a significant increase in latency

owing to the daily use of mobile phones. In

of cochlear nerve compound action potentials


during the 5 min of exposure to EMF. These changes














lasted for a period of around 5 min after exposure.

nervous system tumours has been detected. Very

Discussion: The possibility that EMF can produce

recently deterioration in otoacoustic emissions

relatively long-lasting effects on cochlear nerve

and in the auditory middle latency responses

conduction is discussed and analysed in light

after intensive and long-term magnetic field

of contrasting previous literature obtained

exposure in humans has been demonstrated.

under non-surgical conditions. Limitations of



this novel approach, including the effects of the

observations if exposure to mobile phone

anaesthetics, craniotomy and surgical procedure,


are presented in detail.








determine acoustically




with evoked





Living sound identification system using smartphone for persons with hearing loss Authors: Sarudate A and Itoh K. Source: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 130 (4), 2449, Oct 2011. Abstract: In today’s advanced information society that

signal processing was subjected to frame-by-

overflows with a variety of sounds, people

frame analysis. In addition, so as to be able to

with hearing loss find it very difficult to obtain

detect signals precisely in a noisy environment,

information on sounds within the home. Although


there are many systems to aid handicapped

perception-was adopted. In an experiment in

persons, support systems for the hearing impaired

a simulated life space, the system was able to

do not provide adequate performance. In light

discriminate ten living sounds with almost 100%

of this, the various living sounds identification

accuracy. Therefore, the proposed method was

system for persons with hearing loss was

very applicable. In addition, the method used

proposed. This system adopts the method of

by us to present the sound identification results

pre-storing signal characteristics so that it can

using a mobile phone is considered to be of

discriminate important living sounds in the home

value. This paper proposed the living sound

with a high degree of accuracy. In order to

identification system for use with a smart-phone

construct a real-time processing system, basic

and discussed the utility of this system.





Unilateral Vestibular Loss Due to Systemically Administered Gentamicin Authors: Ahmed R M, MacDougall H G, Halmagyi G M. Source: Otology & Neurotology. 32(7): 1158–1162, Sep 2011. Abstract: Objective: fact







been administered gentamicin was confirmed


only when the hospital charts were examined.



Only 4 of 18 patients knew or suspected that they

rather than only bilateral vestibular loss.

had been administered gentamicin; none had been

Methods: This is a retrospective review of patients

administered gentamicin at the authors’ hospital.

presenting with imbalance and oscillopsia

Conclusion: These results mean that any patient

due to a compensated, selective unilateral

presenting with imbalance due to a compensated,

vestibular loss, who denied ever experiencing

selective unilateral vestibular loss, who has


never experienced vertigo, should be closely









administered hospital

questioned about any hospital admission just

admission just before their symptoms began.

before symptoms started and the hospital records

Results: From 1993 to 2011, 18 such patients were

for that admission requisitioned and scrutinized

identified from the records of our tertiary referral

for possible gentamicin therapy.





Balance Disorders Clinic. The fact that they had


Attenuation of Eye Movements Evoked by a Vestibular Implant at the Frequency of the Baseline Pulse Rate Authors: Saginaw M A, Gong W S, Haburcakova C, Merfeld D M. Source: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 58(10): 2732–2739, Oct 2011. Abstract: We are developing a vestibular implant to

velocity amplitude of 8.1 degrees/s, which might

electrically stimulate vestibular neurons in the

cause visual blurring. However, after half an

semicircular canals in order to alleviate vertigo,

hour of stimulation, that component reduced to

which is a commonly occurring problem. However,

1.6 degrees/s (0.0020 degrees peak-to-peak). The

since electrical stimulation causes synchronous

average time constant for this reduction was 5.0

(phase-locked) neural responses, such electrical

min. After one week of constant stimulation, the

stimulation might also cause inappropriate

250-Hz response component was only slightly

vestibuloocular eye movements, which might,

smaller, at 1.2 degrees/s (0.0015 degrees peak-to-

in turn, cause visual blurring. We investigated

peak). We conclude that although an electrical

the eye movements evoked in the guinea pig

prosthesis with a resting rate of 250 pps may

using electric stimulation with a constant rate

cause some visual blurring when first turned on,

of 250 pulses per second (pps), and measured

such blurring is very likely to attenuate and be

0.010 degrees peak-to-peak eye movements on

imperceptible within several minutes.

an average at 250 Hz, with an average peak

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy versus Tinnitus Retraining Therapy in the treatment of tinnitus: A randomised controlled trial. Authors: Westin V Z, Schulin M, Hesser H, Karlsson M, Noe R Z, Olofsson U, Stalby M, Wisung G, Andersson G. Source: Behaviour Research & Therapy. 49(11): 737-747, Nov 2011. Abstract: The study compared the effects of Acceptance

in comparison with the WLC regarding tinnitus

and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Tinnitus

impact (Cohen’s d=1.04), problems with sleep and

Retraining Therapy (TRT) on tinnitus impact in

anxiety. The results were mediated by tinnitus

a randomised controlled trial. Sixty-four normal

acceptance. A comparison between the active

hearing subjects with tinnitus were randomised to

treatments, including all assessment points,

one of the active treatments or a wait-list control

revealed significant differences in favour of

(WLC). The ACT treatment consisted of 10 weekly

ACT regarding tinnitus impact (Cohen’s d=0.75)

60min sessions. The TRT treatment consisted

and problems with sleep. At 6 months, reliable

of one 150min session, one 30min follow-up

improvement on the main outcome measure was

and continued daily use of wearable sound

found for 54.5% in the ACT condition and 20% in

generators for a recommended period of at least

the TRT condition. The results suggest that ACT

8h/day for 18 months. Assessments were made at

can reduce tinnitus distress and impact in a group

baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months and 18 months. At

of normal hearing tinnitus patients.

10 weeks, results showed a superior effect of ACT


Hearing Loss and Cognition among Older Adults in the United States Authors: Lin F R. Source: Journal of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences Behaviour Research & Therapy. 66(10): 1131-1136, Oct 2011. Abstract: Background: To investigate the association

incorporated sampling weights to yield results

between hearing loss and cognitive function in a

that are generalizable to the U. S. population.

nationally representative sample of older adults.

Results: Greater hearing loss was significantly

Methods: We analyzed data from the 1999 to 2002

associated with lower scores on the DSST

cycles of the National Health and Nutritional

after adjustment for demographic factors and

Examination Survey during which participants

medical history (DSST score difference of -1.5

aged 60-69 years (n = 605) underwent both

[95% confidence interval: -2.9 to -0.23] per

audiometric and cognitive testing. Hearing

10 dB of hearing loss). Hearing aid use was

loss was defined by a pure tone average of

positively associated with cognitive functioning

hearing thresholds at 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz in

(DSST score difference of 7.4 [95% confidence



interval: -0.62 to 15.4]). The reduction in

consisted of the Digit Symbol Substitution

cognitive performance associated with a 25 dB

Test (DSST), a nonverbal test that assesses

hearing loss was equivalent to the reduction

executive function and psychomotor processing.

associated with an age difference of 7 years.

Data on hearing aid use, demographics, and

Conclusions: Hearing loss is independently

medical history were obtained from interviews.

associated with lower scores on the DSST.

Regression models were used to examine the

Further research is needed to determine whether

association between hearing loss and cognition

hearing loss is a modifiable risk factor or an early


marker of cognitive decline.









Sexual orientation and the auditory system Authors: McFadden D. Source: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology . 32(2): 201-213, Apr 2011. Abstract: The auditory system exhibits differences by sex

potentials (AEPs) also exhibit sex differences

and by sexual orientation, and the implication is

beginning early in life. Some AEPs are different

that relevant auditory structures are altered during

for heterosexual and nonheterosexual females,

prenatal development, possibly by exposure to

and other AEPs are different for heterosexual and

androgens. The otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)

nonheterosexual males. Research on non-humans

of newborn male infants are weaker than those

treated with androgenic or anti-androgenic agents

of newborn females, and these sex differences

also suggests that OAEs are masculinized by

persist through the lifespan. The OAEs of

prenatal exposure to androgens late in gestation.

nonheterosexual females also are weaker than

Collectively, the evidence suggests that prenatal

those of heterosexual females, suggesting an

androgens, acting globally or locally, affect both

atypically strong exposure to androgens some

nonheterosexuality and the auditory system.

time early in development. Auditory evoked


Hearing and Balance UK H

earing and Balance UK is an independent committee representing the interests of the entire range of professional groups active in the field of Audiology. Thus it has a unique status in that it can be said to be a voice for the whole Audiology profession and related disciplines. The committee, originally known as the National Committee of Professionals in Audiology (NCPA), was set up in 1990. Subsequently, it went through a name change becoming the United Kingdom Federation of Professionals in Hearing and Balance (UKFPHB) and then underwent a further title alteration in September 2009 becoming Hearing and Balance UK. Each of the member organisations is represented by a single committee member who acts as link between the HAB UK and their own professional organisation and provides a briefing about the activities of their own professional group at each meeting. Clerical support is provided by the BSA entirely free of charge and meetings are arranged three to four times per year at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London. Our main point of contact is through Catherine Ward at the British Society of Audiology, 80 Brighton Rd, Reading RG6 1PS. Tel 0118 966 0622 or by email to The following organisations have a seat on the committee:

ACPIVR – Association of Chartered Pyhsiotherapists in Vestibular Rehabilitation BAA – British Academy of Audiology BAAP – British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians BAEA - British Association of Educational Audiologists BAPA - British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology [previously British Association of Community Doctors in Audiololgy] BATOD - British Association of Teachers of the Deaf BSA – British Society of Audiology BSHAA - British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists ENT UK - British Association of Otolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons RCSLT – Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists In addition to the above organisations who have full membership there are several organisations with observer status on the committee:


HEARING LINK MRC IHR – Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research NDCS – National Deaf Children’s Society NHS Supply Chain – NHS Supply Chain RNID – Royal National Institute for Deaf People UKCoD – United Kingdom Council on Deafness Four observer seats are also reserved for Government/Assembly representatives from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, one from each country. Hearing and Balance UK is thus unusual in that it is very broad-based, consisting of representatives from the field of education as well as healthcare, from charities as well as professional bodies, from the private as well as the public sector. The primary aims of HAB UK are to • provide a national forum for debate of professional issues • to provide a forum for the sharing of information • to act as a collective voice for all professions in hearing and balance • prepare and advise on reports and give recommendations on issues regarding hearing and balance services and related matters As HAB UK represents a wide variety of associations it is able to view audiological issues from a wider perspective than may be possible in totally profession based organisations. It is therefore in a very good position to act as a channel of access between professional associations and the relevant government departments. HAB UK will also, via working parties, produce position statements, guidelines and statements of best practice on a very wide range of issues, for example UNHS, lost/damaged hearing aids, classroom acoustics and service provision. For further information about HAB UK please contact Catherine Ward on the telephone number above.

CHAIN support network C

HAIN is an online mutual support network for people working in health and social care. It is based around specific areas of interest,

and gives people a simple and informal way of contacting each other to exchange ideas and share knowledge. CHAIN is a free non-for-profit service,

It is a multi-professional and cross organisational group, and is designed to connect like-minded health


and social care practitioners, educators, researchers

experience and aspirations, and be prepared

and managers.


At present more than 10,000 people in Health and

CHAIN stands for: Contact Help Advice Information Network

Social Care subscribe to it and has been running for







willing members’




I would recommend to BSA members to join, because:

fourteen years. It has predominantly UK members,

It is free.

but smaller sections in 40 other countries exist.

You receive brief emails with news or requests in your area of interest that in my

There are four main components of CHAIN which

case have not found anywhere else.

reflect members’ primary interests and you group •

yourself with one of them:

As the notifications are brief and clearly

Research & Evidence Based Practice

structured you can see within 5-10sec if

Widening Participation in Learning

it is of interest or not, the additional time

Innovation & Improvement

Cancer Support & Services

required is minimal. •

It allows easy access to a very wide diverse but focused multi-professional group of

Subgroups with additional subsections exist for: •

Better Care Without Delays

Equality & Diversity

Quality Improvement (Special interest

people To join:

groups: Clinical Microsystems; Health For enquiries:

Analysts; Lean Thinking in Healthcare)

Health & Wellbeing


Improving Patients’ Experience

New Technologies

Patient and Public Involvement

CHAIN Safer Patients Network

Self-care management of long-term

Service Improvement among allied health

Conditions professionals


I hope you find this interesting enough and sign up to try it out. Sebastian

New Chairman for AIHHP July 2011


obert Davies, founder of South East Hearing Care Centres has been appointed Chairman of one of the Hearing Healthcare Industry’s

leading Associations – AIHHP. The Association of Independent Hearing

Robert Davies Seaford Hearing Centre Ltd, 4 Dane Road, Seaford, East Sussex BN25 1LL Tel: 01323 899655






Robert Davies said;


“I’m obviously honoured and thrilled to be


appointed Chairman of AIHHP. I’m dedicated

association dedicated to promoting excellence

to providing an exemplary service in hearing

within the UK Hearing Care profession.

healthcare and hearing protection and will



The members provide a range of high quality

work diligently in promoting AIHHP’s role,

services including hearing assessments, hearing

encouraging best practice, professionalism and

aid provision, hearing protection and other

widening our knowledge base.” AIHHP’s

specialised services relating to hearing.






The Association of Independent Hearing

standards which exceed those required of

Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP) is a group

other organizations of hearing aid dispensers,

www.hearingcarecentres. Email: rob@

of leading hearing aid audiologists committed

especially in terms of basic equipment levels.

to promoting and maintaining the very highest

The criteria which has to be met by prospective

professional and ethical standards in hearing

candidates to membership of AIHHP is extremely

healthcare. Membership is only open to fully

high indeed. Each member adheres to the code

qualified independent hearing aid audiologists

of practice, using only the highest specification

who have demonstrated excellence in hearing

diagnostic and verification equipment. This

healthcare provision and are dedicated to serving

ensures that all hearing aids are fitted to match

the needs of the hearing impaired of all ages.

targets according to an individual’s hearing

As an AIHHP member each hearing aid

pattern. AIHHP members must demonstrate

audiologist agrees to deliver an exemplary,

a comprehensive knowledge of all hearing

unbiased service in audiological assessment,

instruments and work from full time consulting

independent advice, expert fitting of hearing


instruments and the security of quality longat

The Association of Independent Hearing

ongoing training programmes in new technology,

Healthcare Professionals is recognised by the


Government and is consulted regarding national








procedures to ensure that patients can confidently receive the most up-to date help available.


hearing healthcare policy.

PC Werth and Etymotic Research Announce UK Distribution Partnership P

C Werth, the UK’s original supplier to the hearing healthcare industry, and Etymotic Research announce their Distribution Partnership.

Announced at the recent EUHA Congress,

including their expertise with custom moulds,

PC Werth is proud to be appointed Etymotic

gives providers an opportunity to offer a broad

Research’s Master Distributor for Specialist

range of hearing solutions. We are especially

Retail, Education and Hearing Healthcare

excited about Etymotic’s newest ETY·Kids™

markets in the UK & Ireland.

safe-listening in-ear earphones for kids.”

This exciting development brings together Etymotic Research - one of the world’s truly




innovative organisations for hearing and hearing

entertainment and assistive technology products

healthcare - and PC Werth, with its unique

are available from PC Werth now, comprising

position in the UK’s hearing healthcare industry.

Etymotic’s full product range and accessories, including:







noise isolating earphones and headsets for portable music players, iPod, iPhone,

Werth, comments on why this could be a game

iPad, smartphones and tablets

changer for the industry: “For the very first time, •

the world famous “ER” series of noise

“Etymotic’s products create a bridge that

universal-fit high-fidelity earplugs

clearly and unambiguously links consumer


audiologists will have a portfolio of products

filters in custom Musicians Earplugs

that is genuinely attractive to all consumers.




devices for gun users, workers in extreme

desire to the expertise of their local hearing

noise and musicians

healthcare professionals. In turn, these hearing solution providers have a unique ability to

personal noise dosimeters

educate and address the needs of the UK’s

QuickSIN™ and BKB-SIN™ speech-innoise tests

kids, parents and music lovers, particularly with respect to the risks of excessive exposure







professionals in time for Christmas trading. If

to noise. “The importance and commercial relevance

you are an audiologist with special interest in

of addressing this wellness and quality-of-

sound and music, hearing protection, education

life mission is growing day by day. Anecdotal

or have an active local outreach program, get in

evidence from the first generation of habitual

contact with PC Werth on 020 8772 2700 or via

music listeners - sometimes called the ‘iPod

generation’ - suggests that prolonged exposure to music through earbuds may have created the first age groups with degraded hearing early in life. “So if your business is already a destination for sound or you have an active community communication program, then we’d like to hear from you.” Dr. Cynthia Compton-Conley, Director of Family Hearing Wellness at Etymotic continues, “We are delighted to work with PC Werth to provide hearing solutions to audiologists and hearing healthcare providers in the UK. Their extensive experience in all areas of audiology,



Whatever your needs for audiology, hearing and hearing healthcare, PC Werth can help. Find out more at www.


Etymotic Research, Inc. is an engineering-driven research, development and manufacturing company. The name “Etymotic” (pronounced “et-im-oh-tik.”) means “true to the ear.” Mead Killion, Ph.D. founded Etymotic Research in 1983 to design products that accurately assess hearing, improve the lives of those with hearing loss, protect hearing, and enhance the listening experience of musicians and music lovers everywhere. Find out more at www.

The British Tinnitus Association launches its ‘Tackling Tinnitus’ Campaign to Research Further and Find a Cure 12 August 2011 – Thanks to many donations over the past three years, The British Tinnitus Association (BTA), the only UK charity solely dedicated to supporting those with tinnitus, has been able to fund research at University College London’s (UCL) Ear Institute, leading to a greater understanding of tinnitus than ever before. Yet it needs to raise a further £127,223 as part of its Tackling Tinnitus campaign, to carry out further research for a potential treatment. The research funded by the BTA has previously

Roland’s current contract is due to come to

been undertaken by Dr Roland Schaette, the

an end in October but he has put into place a

BTA’s Senior Research Fellow, at the UCL

plan for the next two years and designed the

Ear Institute, who has tinnitus himself.

investigations he hopes to start, if the funding


work has resulted in huge steps forward in the

target is reached.

understanding of tinnitus

programme is to get a significant step closer to an

We now know that: •

effective tinnitus treatment.

Tinnitus is associated with changes in the response properties of nerve cells in the first stages of the auditory system, i.e. at

Continuing this vital research would enable Roland and his team to: •

how it manifests itself in the brain in order

in an abnormal way sending signals from

to back up how a specific mechanism gives

the auditory nerve, thus generating the

rise to the aberrant nerve cell activity that

Tinnitus patients with apparently normal

underlies the tinnitus sensation •






compounds upon tinnitus, with the

loss’, manifesting itself as a reduced signal

ultimate aim of the development of a

hearing thresholds are normal. The brain

tinnitus pill •

Research different levels of tinnitus and

Develop a computer simulation showing

compensates for this reduced input and hearing loss at the first processing stages


hearing do in fact have ‘hidden hearing in the auditory nerve even though the

Investigate how tinnitus is triggered and

the sub-cortical level, and the brain reacts

impression of sound from silence •

The goal of the research

develop and test treatment approaches

of the auditory pathway

why tinnitus does not always correlate

Hearing loss, more specifically damage to

with hearing loss, and why tinnitus may

the inner ear, can lead to tinnitus

sound different in each individual.

There is no single treatment yet for all

Researchers at the Ear Institute will continue

cases of tinnitus, and the effects of

set out to tease apart the details of the mechanisms

hearing aids and sound treatments are

that give rise to tinnitus, studying tinnitus in

often limited.

humans, animals, and computer models. The plan

Furthermore, Schaette and colleagues also

is to investigate how tinnitus changes information

demonstrated that the illusion of sound can also

processing in the auditory brain, to test different

be induced when hearing loss is simulated for

ways of influencing the response properties of the

several days with an earplug. These findings can

nerve cells involved in the generation of tinnitus,

be explained by a computer model of tinnitus

and to develop and test pharmaceuticals that

development, which shows that an attempt of the

have the potential to reverse the pathological

brain to compensate for hearing loss can explain

changes, with the ultimate goal of developing a

hyper-excitability and tinnitus.

pill for tinnitus.


The research will use a combined approach that

The BTA is an independent charity which

incorporates animal models of tinnitus, computer

supports thousands of people who experience

models of tinnitus generation, investigations in

tinnitus and advises medical professionals from

tinnitus patients, and clinical studies.

across the world.

David Stockdale, CEO at the BTA, said:

The British Tinnitus Association strives to be


the primary source of support and information

management of tinnitus, but not a cure. For

for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby

more than 30 years, supporters of the British

facilitating an improved quality of life. It aims

Tinnitus Association (BTA) have raised funds

to encourage prevention through its educational

for medical research that will lead to a cure for

programme and to seek a cure for permanent head

tinnitus. Therefore the additional research will

noise through a medical research programme.





give further hope, to people who experience

The experienced team at the BTA understands

tinnitus, that it can be tackled. No matter how

the impact that tinnitus can have on the lives of

many donations we receive, every penny is

those who experience tinnitus and those who

crucial and 100 per cent of your donation will

live with them, so seeks to provides the most

go directly towards this vital research. We thank

appropriate and expert advice and information

you in advance for any donations made.

free of charge – via a confidential freephone

To find out more about the BTA and the

helpline on 0800 018 0527 and online at www.

Tackling Tinnitus campaign visit www.tinnitus. The BTA can also post printed

and audio information and advice.

To donate to the BTA visit

Visit the BTA’s Facebook page at www.

uk/make-a-donation. You can also text TBTA00 and

and the amount for free, e.g. TBTA00 £10, to

follow the BTA on Twitter at

70070. You can also request a hard copy form


from the charity by calling 0114 2509933.

For more information

Editors Notes

Contact: Zoe Hiljemark, PR Account Director /

Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that

Jenny Pearce, Senior PR Account Executive

describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the

E-mail: / jenny@

absence of an external sound. The noise can have

virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and

Tel: +44 (0) 1202 777111 / +44 (0) 7770 924439

buzzing are common, but more complex sounds

Address: Marketing Matters, Unit C, Acorn

may also be reported. Troublesome tinnitus can

Business Park, Ling Road, Poole, Dorset, UK,

be very distressing for the affected individual, and

BH12 4NZ

issues may arise with sleep, concentration and mood. However, in many cases, subtle changes in people’s environment can address these issues, and improve quality of life.


Tinnitus Charity Awards Coveted Industry Prize at Conference 28 September 2011 – The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) has presented the prestigious industry award, the Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize, to Dr Lindsay St. Claire, Senior Lecturer at The Centre for Hearing and Balance Studies, University of Bristol, for her paper ‘Caffeine abstinence: An ineffective and potentially distressing tinnitus therapy’. The prize and £250 cash was awarded at the charity’s 18th annual Conference in Sheffield earlier today, which was attended by over 100 audiologists, hearing professionals and BTA members. The Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize is given each year at the BTA Conference to the piece of published research, by a UK based author, Most likely to result in improved treatment or public awareness of tinnitus,’ that was published in the last calendar year. The prize is named after the late Jack Shapiro, the founder of the British Tinnitus Association, and his wife Marie, who both played an important role in the establishment of the charity during the 1970s and in raising awareness of tinnitus. St. Claire’s paper was one of nine which was shortlisted for the prize, making 2011 a record year in terms of the number of papers shortlisted. The judging panel was formed of the BTA’s Professional Advisers’ Committee and its Council of Management. The St Claire paper identified that there is no evidence to suggest that abstinence from caffeine can alleviate tinnitus symptoms, and in fact the reverse may be true. The research highlighted the need for further evidence-based approaches and is likely to prompt a change in clinical practice which will affect the lives of thousands of tinnitus patients. The judges considered that it is an original and important addition to existing literature, which is well thought through and has convincing results, on a topic that has long been overlooked until now. David Stockdale, CEO of the British Tinnitus Association, said: “There were many interesting and highly commendable research papers in the running this year, and we are very grateful to all those who have undertaken research into tinnitus with the aim of developing existing knowledge and understanding about the causes of the condition.” He continued: “The winning paper has informed clinical practice in terms of advice and counselling in tinnitus clinics nationally, and it is vital that such research into tinnitus continues so that one day a cure for tinnitus can be developed.”

Prize winner Dr Lindsay St Claire a Chartered Health Psychologist with a background primarily in Social Psychology, said: “The team involved in the research is thrilled and extremely proud to have been recognised by the BTA. We want to champion evidence-based practices to help people with tinnitus and to challenge “therapies” and misleading advice which are not only useless, but also irksome and possibly distressing for tinnitus patients.” Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK, which funded the winning research, said: “This is an excellent example of groundbreaking research supported by Deafness Research UK that is having a real impact on people’s lives and we are pleased to see Dr. St. Claire’s work recognised in this way. For many years there has been a commonly held belief that caffeine is a major aggravator of tinnitus symptoms – now this research provides some of the first evidence to challenge the theory that caffeine triggers or aggravates tinnitus.” The BTA’s annual Conference is renowned for bringing together world-leading experts in the field of audiology. Presentations on the day included those from Dr Roland Schaette – who is currently undertaking clinical research into tinnitus at the UCL Ear Institute, London on behalf of the BTA - as well as: • Christine Tan - Patterns of hearing loss in people with and without tinnitus • Derek Hoare - Harnessing sound to manage tinnitus: evidence, theories and translational research • Adrian Davis - Sustaining a tinnitus service in the healthcare landscape • Michelle Booth - Measuring the impact of a direct access tinnitus pathway • Laurence McKenna and Jenna Love - Mindfulness and tinnitus (The Jack Shapiro Memorial Lecture) • David Barrow - Tai Chi as rehabilitation in audiological services


About the British Tinnitus Association History

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) was formed in 1979, became a fully registered charity in 1992 and has grown steadily since. From its base in Sheffield, the BTA helps and supports the public, professionals and organisations to achieve better tinnitus awareness. The BTA currently employs 6 members of staff.

Mission Statement

The British Tinnitus Association strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby facilitating an improved quality of life. It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme.

About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the name given to the condition of noises ‘in the ears’ and/or ‘in the head’ with no external source. Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness. The precise cause of tinnitus is still not fully understood. Experiences of tinnitus are very common in all age groups, especially following exposure to loud noise. There is a widely held misconception that tinnitus is confined to the elderly, but it can occur at any age. Tinnitus is common - about 10% of the UK population have permanent tinnitus.

How Does the British Tinnitus Association Help?

The BTA works to help individuals with tinnitus and the wider public understand more about tinnitus, coping strategies and raising awareness amongst the general public. It does this via: • a confidential freephone helpline • information leaflets, produced by leading medical professionals that are distributed free of charge • production of ‘Quiet’ BTA’s quarterly magazine • w w that contains information and advice for all audiences • organising Tinnitus Awareness Week The BTA also works with medical professionals to support medical and clinical research and supports professionals to gain the skills and understanding of tinnitus to treat patients. The BTA achieves this through: • running Tinnitus Adviser Training courses • BTA’s annual conference • providing a bursary scheme for professionals to attend tinnitus-related training • supporting medical research into tinnitus

Contact Details

Web: e-mail: Tel: 0114 250 9933 Freephone helpline 0800 018 0527 Address: BTA, Unit 5, Acorn Business Park, Woodseats Close, Sheffield S8 0TB Registered Charity No: 1011145


In 2009/10 The BTA: • Supported over 3,300 callers through our confidential freephone Helpline • Distributed over 55,000 tinnitus information leaflets, available in several languages • Supported over 440,000 visitors to www. • Distributed 6,500 copies of ‘Quiet,’ the BTA’s journal every quarter • Trained 152 medical professionals to improve their skills and understand how to support people with tinnitus • Organised Tinnitus Awareness Week in February, raising awareness of tinnitus amongst the general public • Funded a dedicated Senior Research Associate at University College London to investigate causes and cures for tinnitus • Organised an annual conference - the national tinnitus event for professionals, increasing understanding and awareness of tinnitus • Distributed education packs to schools, at Key Stages 2 and 3

Major Research Supported by The British Tinnitus Association Tinnitus Senior Research Fellowship at University College London’s Ear Institute The BTA has committed to fund Dr Roland Schaette for three years to undertake research towards a greater understanding of tinnitus and its impact on the auditory pathways. This work started in 2008, and will run until November 2011, and the BTA’s commitment is over £250,000. The BTA hopes to raise sufficient funds to continue to support the position beyond that date. Due to the exceptional support the BTA has received from donors, we were also able to fund a Research Associate, Dr Anderson to support further tinnitus research for 6 months. This involved the investigation of dead regions in the brain that might initiate tinnitus work.

University of Birmingham Serotonin Research Programme.

The BTA has committed to supporting a two year research programme, valued at £112,000. The project has started with preparatory work being carried out at the University at Buffalo. The grant will fund a two year full-time Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, This research will revolve around the role of the neurotransmitter, serotonin which is believed to have an important role in emotion and attention. Recent research has indicated that serotonin could be the key factor in the difference between those patients that can tolerate tinnitus from those whose life is made difficult by the condition. This research will be a pioneer in the use of molecular biological techniques in tinnitus research. The long term objective of this study is the development of a suitable drug for the treatment of tinnitus.

The British Tinnitus Association & Audiologists T

he British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is a world leader in providing support and advice about tinnitus. From its base in Sheffield, the

BTA helps and supports the public, professionals and organisations to achieve better tinnitus awareness. It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme. Ten per cent of the population experience

David Stockdale, CEO of the British Tinnitus

tinnitus at some point in their lives. As the

Association, said: “Clinical research will help to

only UK charity solely dedicated to the tinnitus

build on existing knowledge about the condition.

community, the BTA has a vital role. It provides

The BTA is committed to funding researchers and

authoritative information, much of it written by

health professionals working in the tinnitus field

medical professionals or clinical researchers, for

and welcomes applications for funding tinnitus

those who experience tinnitus. Also, the BTA

research. We are actively supporting several

works closely with hearing professionals and its

major projects currently and would be keen

Professional Advisors Committee to put forward

to hear from anyone who may be interested in

the case for further clinical research into the

getting involved.”

causes of tinnitus, and to share the latest insights





gained from such research.

BTA Tinnitus

organises Adviser

A key focus for the charity during 2011/12

Training events, an annual conference and a

is to encourage and promote the provision of

‘Tinnitus: Learning to Cope’ weekend. It also

sufficiently trained people for the management/

publishes articles within its in-house magazine,

treatment of those with tinnitus. To that end

Quiet and has dedicated free information for

the BTA is proactively working with hearing

professionals and students at

professionals to educate them about tinnitus

uk outlining the latest research updates and

management techniques and the latest clinical

tinnitus news. The ‘Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize’

research findings.

is also awarded by the BTA each year for the

Research has highlighted that tinnitus-specific

published research paper by a UK based author

education on audiology courses is limited and the

most likely to result in improved treatment or

BTA sees a need for plugging that gap in order to

public awareness of tinnitus.

ensure that future generations of audiologists in

The charity was recently recognised for

the UK are well-equipped with information and

its trustworthy, reliable and evidence-based

sufficient tools for consulting tinnitus patients

healthcare information about tinnitus and

to the highest possible standards. The charity


has conducted focus groups with audiologists

Health’s ‘Information Standard’. The use of The

and student audiologists and is working in

Information Standard quality mark and the

conjunction with course leaders on audiology

official recognition gives it further credibility and

courses across the country. It is also targeting

reassurance for those who use its services.





audiology trade media with articles and tinnitus-

If you are a health professional who would

related content in order to promote best practice.

be interested in working with the BTA please

A further initiative is the BTA’s new ‘Tackling

contact David Stockdale, the charity’s CEO on

Tinnitus’ campaign which sets out to highlight that tinnitus will be ‘tackled’ through the development of a cure.


0114 250 9922 or email

Editors Notes

Contact Details

The BTA is an independent charity which


supports thousands of people who experience


tinnitus and advises medical professionals from

Tel: 0114 250 9933

across the world.

Freephone helpline 0800 018 0527

The British Tinnitus Association strives to be

Address: BTA, Unit 5, Acorn Business Park,

the primary source of support and information

Woodseats Close, Sheffield S8 0TB

for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby

Registered Charity No: 1011145

facilitating an improved quality of life. It aims to encourage prevention through its educational

For more information

programme and to seek a cure for permanent head

Contact: Zoe Hiljemark, PR Account Director /

noise through a medical research programme.

Jenny Pearce, Senior PR Account Executive

The experienced team at the BTA understands

E-mail: / jenny@

the impact that tinnitus can have on the lives of

those who experience tinnitus and those who

Tel: +44 (0) 1202 777111 / +44 (0) 7770 924439

live with them, so seeks to provides the most

Address: Marketing Matters, Unit C, Acorn

appropriate and expert advice and information

Business Park, Ling Road, Poole, Dorset, UK,

free of charge – via a confidential freephone

BH12 4NZ

helpline on 0800 018 0527 and online at www. The BTA can also post printed and audio information and advice. Visit the BTA’s Facebook page at www. and follow the BTA on Twitter at BritishTinnitus

What is tinnitus? Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound which can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common but more complex sounds may also be reported. Troublesome tinnitus can be very distressing for the affected individual, and issues may arise with sleep, concentration and mood. However, in many cases, subtle changes in people’s environment can address these issues, and improve quality of life. There is a widely held misconception that tinnitus is confined to the elderly, but various studies show that it can occur at any age including childhood.


Knowing Me, Knowing... The Editors …Matt Murray I

work for Otometrics UK as audiologist and product manager, my main focus is around training, support and product development. I enjoy being

out in the open and outdoor sport, especially close to water or mountains.

Matt Murray

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

How would you like to be remembered?

Firelight against snow in winter

Individuality and making a difference

What is your greatest fear?

What word or phrase do you over use?

Becoming blind


What historical figure do you most identify

If you could do it all again, what would you



Martin Luther King Jr – He stood by his beliefs

I have no regrets and feel that we all learn from


our experiences

Which living person do you most admire?

How do you relax?

HH The Dalai Lama

Playing with my son, sailing

Name the trait you most deplore about

What items do you always carry with you?


Keys, phone, pen

Self doubt

What is your most embarrassing moment? My colleagues would be keen to tell you many

What would your motto be? Quocunque Jeceris Stabit – wherever it is thrown it shall stand

What has been your greatest achievement Winning races in class championship events

On a desert island, what would be your a)book - The Book Thief – Marcus Zusack b)luxury- iPad Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Jonathan Swift, Salvador Dali, John Lennon

What is your favourite place? A shale beach on a stormy day What single thing would improve the quality of your life? More hours per day and more days per week!

If you would like to advertise a forthcoming course or conference in the BSA News, please send details to: The Editor, BSA News, 80 Brighton Road, Reading, RG6 1PS 19

…Susannah Goggins S

usannah currently works at Wrexham Maelor Hospital as a Principal Clinical Scientist. More recently her role has developed to leading the

adult diagnostic and vestibular services. Susannah Goggins

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

How would you like to be remembered?

Being with family and friends

Hopefully as someone nice!

What is your greatest fear?

What word or phrase do you over use?



What historical figure do you most identify

If you could do it all again, what would you



Florence Nightingale (more admire than identify

Don’t believe in having regrets


How do you relax?

Which living person do you most admire? My mum

Walking, nice meals What items do you always carry with you?

Name the trait you most deplore about yourself?

i-phone What is your most embarrassing moment

Talking too much

When calling a hearing aid patient from a waiting

What would your motto be?

room, instead of calling ‘Mr Defoe’, I called out

What goes around comes around

‘Mr Deaf-o’. Not good!

On a desert island, what would be your

What has been your greatest achievement?

a) book – The Shack

Hopefully haven’t got there yet!

b) luxury - chocolate

What is your favourite place?

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Guy Garvey, Peter Kay and Audrey Hepburn

North Wales What single thing would improve the quality of your life? A cure for migraines

Please send your letters or e-mails for publication to: The Editor, BSA News, 80 Brighton Road, Reading, RG6 1PS E-mail Address:


…Safiya Husain S

afiya started her audiology career by obtaining her degree in Audiology from UCL in 2008. Since graduating, she has worked at St. George’s

Hospital in Tooting, predominately within the adult rehabilitation field. She is currently working at Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear hospital in Safiya Husain

London for both the adult & paediatric cochlear implant programmes. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What word or phrase do you over use?

Drinking a well made cup of tea with friends and

“I see” and “No worries”


If you could do it all again, what would you

What is your greatest fear?


Now that would be telling...

Nothing, because I believe that everything

What historical figure do you most identify with? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

happens for a reason, so by changing the past it automatically changes the future. How do you relax?

Which living person do you most admire? My father Name the trait you most deplore about yourself?







volunteering for a charity close to my heart. What items do you always carry with you? The usual things, keys, wallet, phone…

I try to not deplore anything… self hate can’t be

What is you most embarrassing moment

a good thing!

I don’t think I have any...not that I can remember...

What would your motto be ?

What has been your greatest achievement?

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has


the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

dissertation that won first prize at a conference.

On a desert island, what would be your

What is your favourite place?

a) Book – World Atlas – so I know where I am and

My grandma’s house.

can leave the desert island back to civilization! b) Luxury – A large boat – So I can leave the desert island if I want to!





What single thing would improve the quality of your life? More hours in the day…

How would you like to be remembered? Kind-hearted individual who has contributed something positive to this world.

Email addresses of members As the Society is endeavouring to keep members up-to-date with relevant information, it would be appreciated if all members would inform the Secretariat of any change in their email addresses. It would assist if this could be a home email address as these are frequently bounced back as junk or spam mail where the address is a health authority or university.



…Christine DePlacido C

hris worked in the NHS for many years, latterly as principal scientist and head of service. She is now Professional lead for Audiology and

Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

Christine DePlacido

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

How would you like to be remembered?

Lying on a couch reading by candlelight with my

For my ability to see the funny side of things

dog curled up beside me

What word or phrase do you over use? “Does that make sense?”

What is your greatest fear? Being homeless

If you could do it all again, what would you

What historical figure do you most identify



I would have taken my careers tutor’s advice and

Anne Boleyn

studied psychology!

Which living person do you most admire?

How do you relax?

The Dalai Lama

Meditation, reading

Name the trait you most deplore about

What items do you always carry with you?


Ipad, keys mobile phone

I am the queen of procrastination!

What is your most embarrassing moment?

What would your motto be?

I can’t tell my most embarrassing one, - or the

Know thyself

second……………maybe I will pass on this one!

On a desert island, what would be your

What has been your greatest achievement

a) book - Peace Is Every Step: The Path of

Finding peace

Mindfulness in Everyday Life

What is your favourite place?

b) luxury - Hermes perfume!


Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Carl Jung, Steven Fry, Johnny Depp and the Earl of Grantham (Downton Abbey) The first two for their conversation, the third to look at and the last one because he is such a gentleman!

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? Better health! If you could change one thing in Audiology, what would that be? More focus on rehab time!

HELP US TO HELP YOU! Please notify the Secretariat of any changes of address as soon as possible, in order that we may keep our database system up to date. 22

How to run a journal club Why run a journal club?


ournal clubs are an achievable, affordable means of ensuring knowledge is kept up-to-date. It is a way of testing the evidence base of new

approaches and informing and challenging our clinical practice. Most of us would agree that it is good to know what is in the literature, but many of us struggle to wade through lengthy papers on our own. Journal clubs are a way of combining brain power, promoting discussion and giving a focus to our reading. Plus, having a date in the diary enhances the likelihood Judith Bird

Clinical Scientist (Audiology) Judith.bird@ Audiology Department, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ.

that we will make sure we read what we intend to read. Critiquing research articles helps improve our understanding of statistics and experimental design. Informal journal clubs are a great learning environment for even the most junior of audiology staff, developing skills in running meetings and delivering presentations as well as critically appraising papers. Interestingly, Deenadayalan et al (2008) attempted a systematic review and report a value of 80% effectiveness of journal clubs in improving knowledge.

Principles of running a journal club Whatever the format of the group, attendees will have more motivation to read, prepare and attend if the material is relevant to their sphere of practice.

So it is worth taking the time

to find an appropriate article. BSA members already have two good sources of ideas in their regular mailings in the International Journal of Audiology (IJA) and in the Interesting Abstracts section of the BSA News. For more ideas, it is possible to sign up to online services such as Amedeo ( and receive regular email notifications about papers in a particular field or set of journals. If you know the topic of interest but are stuck for an article, searching online databases of citations such as PubMed can help. pubmed/ Many journal articles are now available free on-line and registering for an NHS Athens account is one way to access these.

You can

register for an account at https://register. Try and make sure the level of the article suits the participants: articles with pages of formulae may not be the


way to lure new people in. If the choice of article can be inspired a recent clinical conundrum that someone has experienced this will bring added value. The article should report original research.

Practicalities of running a journal club Even the most informal journal club will work better with if it is planned in advance. At the very least, it takes one person to choose the article, and ensure it is accessible (electronic or paper copies). An hour is plenty of time to look at one article with ample time for questions. The best time will depend on the work patterns of those involved. Try and find a room where there will be minimal disturbances. More formal journal clubs will probably require projection facilities but for an informal session, make sure the environment is in a setting where people will feel relaxed, as it will encourage contributions. Over lunch and round a table often leads to a good discussion. Phillips and Glasziou (2004) and Deenadayalan (2008) give some further suggestions as to what makes a successful journal club, such as clear purpose, use of incentives and dissemination and storage of summarised outcomes.

Questions to ask when critically appraising a paper The following list is by no means exhaustive but will give a starting point for issues to think about when systematically studying a paper (Young and Solomon 2009, Sidorov 1995). Journal Is it a respected peer-reviewed journal? Authors Do you know the authors and is their previous work reliable? What is the source of the funding for the study as this might help spot any potential bias? Title, abstract and introduction Is the title appropriate and clear, is the abstract specific and representative and is the research question clearly out-lined in the introduction? Is

Discussion and Conclusions Do the data justify the conclusions drawn? Are the limitations of the study addressed and do the authors draw appropriate conclusions?

Three key issues when assessing clinical research • Has the research been conducted in such a way as to minimise bias? • If so, what does the study show? • What do the results mean for the particular patients or context in which a decision is being made? Burls (2009)

Styles of Journal Clubs – Type 1: Informal and accessible If you have not had journal clubs in your team

the study question relevant and does the paper

before, then this is the place to start as informal

add anything new to the scientific literature?

journal clubs can be an easy and comfortable

Does the paper clearly state a hypothesis to test?

learning environment. I would dare to suggest


that all departments should be trying these! With

What is the nature of the investigation? What

a carefully chosen paper, this will be within

is the study design used and is it appropriate for

reach of all clinicians, although assistance may

the research question (eg randomised control

be required for some in the early stages in

trial, cohort study etc)?

Would it be possible

analysing the statistics used. It requires someone

to precisely replicate the study from the details

to coordinate in advance and someone to lead

given? Are the methods robust in minimising

on the day. Best results will be obtained if all

bias? How were subjects recruited and is the

participants are encouraged to contribute and

sample population representative? Were subjects

are comfortable in doing so, that is when best

and investigators blind and how were subjects

discussions are generated. This is best carried

randomised? Points to consider will be different

out round a table and over lunch. There are

for different types of study; Young and Solomon

also plenty of audiologists who would happily

(2009) show more detail of questions to consider

appraise scientific papers over a decent coffee

for different types of study.

or a beer! If this is new ground for your team,

How was the data analysed and were the

be persistent. It will take more than a few tries

statistics performed correctly? Does the study

to build up the confidence and experience to get

have sufficient statistical power? See Kirkwood

these working well.

(1988) for good explanations of statistical methods and types of study design. Results Were the results significant and have the authors made correct interpretation of the data? As well as assessing statistical relevance, it is important to consider the clinical relevance of the findings. Were all important outcomes measured? Are the findings clinically significant? For example, a painful and invasive treatment might yield average hearing improvement of 2dB that despite statistically significance might well not be seen by patients as a successful intervention.


Styles of Journal Clubs – Type 2: Formally presented. When larger teams do journal clubs together, this benefits from a more formal approach. Typically one presenter selects and distributes an article and will start the group with a formal presentation of background information and a summary of the article. Schwartz et al (2007) give tips on efficient presentations. This type of journal club is frequently used within multi-disciplinary teams but is important that articles are studied of common interest so

that contribution does not end up one-sided. They

An alternative format is where groups of

form a great training ground for presentation

specialists meet together and explore journal

skills and gives valuable experience in responding

articles in their specialist area. This can be a

to probing questions. The gain from such journal

powerful way of driving forward evidence based

clubs is probably directly proportional to the level

clinical care. Careful selection of articles to cover

of engagement of the participants. If everyone has

current new areas of study and practice will

read and reflected on the article beforehand, then

therefore yield the most benefit.

there is much to be gained. Several audiology teams use this type of journal club to bring Audiology and Ear, Nose and Throat colleagues together.

Case study 1: Informal journal club Addenbrooke’s Audiology department plans journal clubs into its programme of weekly training meetings for all staff. The same format works well for smaller groups with a special interest and for tutorial sessions with trainees, striking a balance between self-directed and group learning. Within the department, journal clubs are quite informal, so that anyone feels that they can contribute observations or ask questions. One or two volunteers lead the session by introducing the paper and then posing questions which usually spark a lively discussion. Sessions last around 45 minutes. We tend to pick recently published articles, mainly from peer-reviewed audiology journals with a focus on clinical and translational research that is relevant to our clinical work. Recently we looked at two papers that reported comparisons of different hearing aid styles and directional settings for speech localisation. Comparing the laboratory test methods with conditions that would be encountered in dayto-day life, we thought about how this evidence would affect the advice we give on hearing aid selection. It also prompted the group to think about counselling expectations on localisation and the effect of acclimatisation on performance. We touched on the broader difficulty of assessing real-world benefit from hearing aids. However, selections are not restrictive and a wide variety of papers have been discussed. A paper looking at the ototoxicity of drug therapies using a Zebra fish model was an opportunity to revise some of the basic anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, whilst reminding us about the role of drugtherapies in hearing and vestibular dysfunction (Chiu et al 2008). In addition it highlighted some of the limitations of the animal models used in basic auditory research- all potentially useful when patients are armed with the latest scientific developments identified by the Daily Mail!

Sarah Creeke, Phil Gomersall, Clinical Scientists (Audiology), Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust

Journal Club Type 1 Planning effort

Low / Medium

Learning gain


Bravery factor



Case study 2: Specialist journal club The BSA is interested in exploring new ways of engaging with members, and to this end a pilot Journal Club was held in Cambridge in May 2011. Three papers were chosen to be dissected, and Don McFerran and Tim Husband kindly agreed to co-lead with David Baguley. Participants were asked to read the papers beforehand, and given some pointers as to what to look for. On the afternoon of the meeting there were some words of introduction to each paper from one of the leaders, and then 45 minutes of discussion from the group, which consisted of 8 clinical Audiologists. The meeting was lively and informative, and the feedback has been very positive: in particular the identification of the shortcomings of a papers indicating that vagal nerve stimulation can reduce (presumed) tinnitus in rats was welcomed (Engineer et al 2011). The BSA Programmes Committee would welcome enquiries from members about the possibility of hosting/leading future Journal Clubs, and advice and support regarding the organisation would be readily forthcoming. Possible themes might include: •

vestibular clinical science

paediatric audiology

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British Society of Audiology Annual Conference 2011 We’re All Ears: Multidisciplinary Research and Practice for Hearing and Balance

Nottingham Trent University Newton and Arkwright Conference Centre– Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th September, 2011

A summary report


ottingham, with its strong history of hearing research, is home to a community that knows first-hand the benefits to be gained from

fostering close collaboration between the many branches of hearing science: from the basic research scientists at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research to the translational research teams at the NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing through to the clinicians of Nottingham Audiology Services and ENT. Perhaps then it is no surprise that this year’s organisers in Nottingham succeeded in continuing the conference aims to unite basic, translational and clinical research and practice, providing a multidisciplinary forum to bring together scientists and clinicians in what was, for the second year running, a David Baguley

productive celebration of the diverse breadth and scope of hearing research. Attended by almost three hundred delegates, sponsors and exhibitors from three continents, the full and varied programme offered something to interest everyone – needless to say: we were all ears! The




speakers at this year’s event

Arkwright forum.

was once again very high, with

On the final day of the conference Professor

delegates treated to a wide

Guy Van Camp (Centre of Medical Genetics,

range of thought-provoking

University of Antwerp) presented the Ted Evans



lecture, sponsored by Deafness Research UK, and

from a selection of eminent

provided a thorough and enjoyable synthesis of

i nt er n at ion a l

over two decades of genetic research in answer to


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the headline question ‘What have we learned after


twenty years of genetic research in hearing loss?’

posters and over 30 exhibitors,

This highlighted that although investigation of

the programme started with parallel workshop

the underlying genetic basis of age-related hearing

sessions before moving on to the particularly

impairment has so-far implicated a complex web

well-received Twilight lecture, titled ‘Profound

of factors that are thought to interact with an

deafness, cochlear implantation, and quality of

equally complex (and sometimes subtle) range

life’ delivered by Professor Quentin Summerfield

of environmental factors, progress made in

(Head of Psychology, University of York).

specialists. podium

Professor Quentin Summerfield

reception held in the exhibitor space of the




identifying key factors has provided us with

twilight lecture was sponsored by Action on

important insight into this prevalent condition.

Hearing Loss. This was followed by a wine

Keynote speakers included Professor Alan Palmer


(MRC Institute of Hearing Research), whose talk on central auditory processing challenged delegates to consider how recent research into the way the brain processes sound is elucidating both ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ pathways in action. Professor Stuart Rosen (Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London) spoke to a packed lecture hall during his lecture entitled ‘Understanding speech in background noise: the who, what and why’. Professor Judy Dubno (Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Charleston, South Carolina) presented fascinating data from their ongoing analysis of the extensive MUSC human subject protocol database in support of her theoretical five distinct audiometric phenotypes of age-related hearing loss, and discussed the implications for future clinical management strategies. Professor Jonathan Ashmore (Bernard Katz Professor of Biophysics, University College London) held a particularly stimulating lecture on ‘Pushing the envelope: how can cochlear amplification work at all?’ which also drew a large and enthralled audience. The





afternoon with four parallel symposia and masterclasses, featuring the opportunity for delegates to explore hands-on novel approaches to the clinical testing of balance, experience the latest signal processing techniques for hearing aids and cochlear implants, discuss the present and future clinical use of speech stimuli with the BSA Professional Practice committee, and listen to presentations given by postgraduate researchers from basic, clinical and translational research





BSA Prize Winners 2011 The award ceremony was held at the gala dinner, served in the Crowne Plaza hotel. This year’s awards were presented by Kevin Munro, vice chairman of the BSA, whose conversation excelled in the relaxed setting and succeeded in keeping us all entertained throughout what was a very enjoyable ceremony. The Thomas Simm Littler Prize was awarded to Professor Deb Hall; “For her contribution to many areas of research in tinnitus but particularly her innovative work in the application of behavioural and neuroimaging methods, especially functional magnetic resonance imaging”. The Ruth Spencer Prize this year was awarded jointly to both Fiona Baker; “In recognition of her contribution to clinical services as a registered practitioner” and Rachel Knappett; “For her work on the transition service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital”. The Denzil Brooks Trophy, (a mounted antique ear trumpet, as used before the age of modern hearing aids, inspired some humorous ad-libbing from Kevin lamenting the days when sound amplification never resulted in distortion products, and brought many a knowing smile to the room!) was awarded to Sally Wood; “In recognition of promoting excellence in audiological practice”. Douglas Beck and Ravi Sockalingham, both from Oticon, were presented the Jos Millar Shield; “For the best article published in BSA News in the past year. BSA News Issue 61, December 2010, ‘Can Advanced Signal Processing Facilitate Spatial Hearing?’ ”. There were no honorary life memberships bestowed this year.

Poster Prize Winners

provided in a masterclass on Effective Media Communication, which provided a detailed look at what can be gained from professionals sharing their work and expert knowledge with the media , featuring a talk from Professor Mark Griffiths (Nottingham Trent University) highlighting the challenges and opportunities that come hand in hand when engaging with the press. Throughout the conference there was a strong visible presence of helpers on hand to ensure its smooth running – a friendly and enthusiastic team of staff and students from the NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, who will forever be known as the ‘Red Shirts’.

Four poster prizes were awarded, each to the value of £100, to represent each of the three themes plus a student category. The Basic research poster prize was sponsored by Hearing Research and awarded to Yuxuan Zhang for


her poster entitled ‘Supra-modal benefit of

relaxed setting at their exhibition space. Starkey

Tetris plus auditory training’. Sponsored by

presented an interesting discussion explaining

GN Resound, the Translational research poster

how, in the context of innovation, disruption

prize was awarded to Kathryn Hopkins, Brian

can be a positive force that can be harnessed to

Moore and Andy King (Universities of Cambridge

bring about new and different thinking. Phonak

and Manchester). ‘The effect of compression

took the opportunity to explain how advanced

speed on intelligibility; simulated hearing-aid

methods are being used to verify their latest

processing with and without access to temporal

non-linear frequency compression techniques.

fine structure information’. The Clinical research

Oticon presented the results from a published

poster prize was awarded to Professor Deb Hall

clinical evidence study on Oticon Chili, their new

for her poster titled ‘Tinnitus treatment options:

hearing aid family for severe-profound hearing

Online questionnaire of general practitioners

loss. Below is a brief summary from each of

and ear-nose-throat physicians within Europe

the premier exhibitors detailing the work and

and the USA’, and was sponsored by Oticon. P

products that they showcased:

C Werth sponsored the Student research poster

“Oticon value our partnership with the BSA

prize, which was won by Joel Berger for the poster

and its members. The conference in Nottingham

entitled ‘Using the pinna reflex as a behavioural

was a resounding success on both an exhibition

test for tinnitus in guinea pigs’.

perspective and our presentations through the programme by Alison Stone. The exhibition


allowed us to cement relationships with existing space

customers, generate new leads, and explore

has always been a central

further potential to a wider forum through the

component of the conference,

diversity of delegates present. The icing on the

and this year was no exception.

cake was Doug Beck and Ravi Sockalingham

In terms of personnel, over

receiving the Jos Millar Shield. We very much


look forward to 2012 back in Nottingham.”–







and to

Oticon Ltd

showcase and discuss both

“Phonak were delighted to attend the BSA

technological advances and

conference in Nottingham, this gave us the



opportunity to preview the new PhonakCros

from their fields of expertise,

system, and there was great interest in the new

exhibiting side-by side with

solution for Cros and Bi-Cros fittings. The event

what turned out to be a

was well attended and it was a great networking

strong charity presence with

opportunity.” - Phonak

representatives from national

“Starkey Laboratories presented two sessions

charities on-hand to discuss

at BSA Conference this year.Our workshop

their work. It was inspiring

session focussed on patient counselling tools

to see so many and so varied

within our Inspire software and was attended



by a small but enthusiastic group. The session

representing the full range of

in the main conference agenda focussed on the

industry and charity support

term disruptive technology and how disruption

allied to the advancement of

may enter and improve our industry. By using a

our field, and there was plenty

different non-product approach to the session

of interest from delegates in

we were able to engage a wide range of the

seeing and discussing all that

delegates and direct them to our exhibition

was on offer.

stand for more information. On our stand we


This sponsors


year’s each

premier had


opportunity to present their

showcased the innovative way Starkey are using new technologies such asiPads in the hearing aid industry.” – Starkey Laboratories

latest innovations in individual

A fun competition designed to reward delegates

lecture sessions on Thursday

who had taken advantage of the expertise and

afternoon as well as in a more

networking opportunity offered by such a large


exhibitor presence, in the form of a scavenger

Advanced Bionics, NBRUH and Nottingham

hunt ran over the length of the conference, was

Trent University.

organised with all completed competition forms entered into a prize draw and winners receiving

The drinks reception


their prizes in a light-hearted

This second Joint British Society of Audiology/

ceremony before lunch on the

Experimental Short Papers conference proceeded

final day. Sponsors had clearly

to build on the successes of the first, continuing

given some careful thought to

to provide a world-class forum for discussion and

their prize selection, and it was

debate uniting both research and practice for

interesting to see the scope

hearing and balance. The conference proved itself

of audition-themed prizes on

to be a hit with delegates, with feedback including

offer. Scavenger hunt prizes

praise such as “Great venue, well organized”

were generously provided by

and “The Keynote lecturers were of exceptional

Biosense (His and Hers wine

quality, location ideal, well done Deb, Heather

pack, won by Andy Reid),

& team, and Jan.” In light of the wonderful

Cochlear (Digital Photo Frame, won by Kathryn

comments and support for this year’s conference

Fackrell), GN Resound (Digital Photo Frame,

the BSA Council immediately voted to hold

presented to Dan Clark); IAC (champagne) and

next year’s event at Nottingham Trent University

Phonak (Book – A Sound Foundation Through

again, with Heather continuing to lead the

Early Amplification 2010) were both won by Meg

local organisation. A big thank you to everyone

Norman, MED EL (children’s book and music

who supported this conference, in particular

CD, awarded to Joanne Muff), Otometrics (MP3

the conference sponsors, the “red shirts” team,

Player) and Pure Tone (custom-made ear phones)

and this year’s local organisers Professor Deb

both presented to Carole Hackney, Panasonic

Hall and Dr Heather Fortnum from the NIHR

(Sound System, won by Kajal Ramdan), Progress

National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing.

Hearing (Hearing Artwork, awarded to Helen Henshaw), and Siemens (Kettle by Porsche Design, won by Nicola Hatton).

Abstracts from this meeting will be published in the International Journal of Audiology. For further information about meetings and

Conference materials and support were

the society go to

kindly sponsored by Interacoustics, Phonak,

SCAVENGER HUNT PRIZE WINNERS Biosense : His & Hers Wine Pack – Andy Reid Cochlear : Digital photo frame – Kathryn Fackrell GN Resound : Digital photo frame – Daniel Clark IAC : Champagne & Phonak : Book – A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification 2010 – Meg Norman MED EL : Childrens book and music CD – Joanne Muff Otometrics : MP3 Player and Pure Tone : custom made ear phones – Carole Hackney Panasonic : Sound System – Kajal Ramdan Progress Hearing : Hearing Art – Helen Henshaw Siemens : Kettle by Porsche Design – Nicola Hatton


POSTER PRIZE WINNERS Basic Research : Supra-modal benefit of Tetris plus auditory training. Yu-Xuan Zhang, Sygal Amitay, Dave Moore, MRC IHR Nottingham Student : Joel Berger, Mark Wallace, Alan Palmer - MRC IHR Nottingham Clinical Research : Tinnitus treatment options: Online questionnaire of general practitioners and ear-nosethroat physicians within Europe and the USA. Deb Hall, M J A Lainez, C W Newman, T Sanchez, M Egler, F Tennigkeit, M Koch, B Langguth - supported by MNZ Pharmaceuticals Translational Research : The effect of compression speed on intelligibility; simulated hearing-aid processing with and without access to temporal fine structure information. Kathryn Hopkins, Brian Moore, Andy King - Universities of Cambridge and Manchester Student Research : Using the pinna reflex as a behavioural test for tinnitus in guinea pigs. Joel Berger, Mark Wallace, Alan Palmer - MRC IHR Nottingham

Society Award Winners 2011 Presented by Kevin Munro at the Gala Dinner

The Denzil Brooks Trophy, awarded to Sally Wood

Douglas Beck and Ravi Sockalingham, receiving the Jos Millar Shield

The Ruth Spencer Prize this year was awarded jointly to both Fiona Baker…

and Rachel Knappett

(accepted on her behalf by Pauline Smith)

☛ more prize winners overleaf…

The Thomas Simm Littler Prize was awarded to Professor Deb Hall








1 Dr Phil Gander receiving the Pauline Ashley Prize 2 from Deafness Research UK

3 Yu Xuan Zhang – Basic Research Poster Prize

4 Kathryn Hopkins - Translational Research Poster


5 Deb Hall - Clinical Research Poster Prize

6 Kathryn Fackrell - Digital photo frame from


7 Andy Reid - His & Hers Wine Pack from Biosense

A Report from Cambodia I

knew the facts by heart: over half of deaf Cambodians are children; half of all hearing impairment is preventable; a digital hearing aid costs

more than a Cambodian peasant would pay for their house. Yet little could prepare me for the reality of an extraordinary 2 months working alongside staff at All Ears Cambodia.

Life in Cambodia

man’s custom; stigma facing amputees makes life

After months of planning, the reality of my last university summer break was literally staring me in the face. I found myself eyeball-to-eyeball with

Ned Carter

Student Audiologist University of Leeds

difficult, but with hearing loss too, Cambodian society shuns him further.


a 70-year-old Khmer woman in tattered clothes

Problems are not limited to those from past

and bare feet, lining up headphones for PTA.

war. In a rural town, so many children had

She mumbled something I didn’t understand. I

chronic otitis media that it was considered

apologised. She didn’t understand me either and

normal. An elderly diabetic man died after an

we both laughed. Her smile was wide and honest,

external otitis turned malignant; transport to the

albeit with rotten teeth. It turned out she had a

clinic was an unwelcome expense and the roads

severe bilateral hearing loss that she had lived

were flooded anyway. I boarded the motorised

with for half her life.

wooden cart, called a cow machine, with delight.

Few doctors and nurses escaped

It was a bumpy ride chugging along the boggy

the killing fields of the 1970s. Even

road and it slowly dawned on me the problems

so, ears and hearing were never a

this caused for accessing the ear clinic.

priority as Cambodia continues to

Water levels rose, as did the death toll. Tourists

rebuild itself after decades of civil

were airlifted from the flooded temples of Angkor.

war. The country is now largely at

Nearby, I watched as children backflipped from

peace, although rampant corruption

the bridge in Siem Reap city, splashing and

stalls progress. For too many people,

laughing in the dirty flood water. I thought I had

haunting memories of the past are

it bad when a leech attached itself to my foot;

coupled with disability, discrimination

flooding of course destroys lives and increases

and poverty today. Arriving in Phnom

the incidence of vector and water-borne diseases,

Penh, the capital city, I learnt that the

including those of the ears, nose and throat.

cleaner at my guesthouse sustained a

In a flooded province, an unemployed deaf

blow to the temporal bone with a gun.

woman was overcome with joy in meeting

Bullets weren’t wasted on peasants.

another deaf person for the first time in her life

Now, with tinnitus and hearing loss, the staff

– at 35 years old. They had no immediate way of

shout orders but little else.

communicating as sign language in Cambodia is

Outside the guesthouse a man sold photocopied

relatively new. For the first time ever, a handful

guidebooks on a busy tourist street. His left

of deaf students celebrated completing secondary

leg had been amputated following a landmine

school. For the rest, formal education was brief

explosion in his home village. At the time the

and inadequate.

intense pain was harrowing. Landmine blast can cause haemotympanum, TM perforation,

All Ears Cambodia

ossicular fracture or discontinuity, tinnitus

In stepped All Ears Cambodia in 2003,

and damage to structures of the cochleae. With

setup and run entirely by an inspired English

cash in hand, shopkeepers turned away the

audiologist. It’s a small NGO providing quality


audiology and otology care free to the most

to explaining the higher rates of ear disease

vulnerable in society: children with HIV, former

seen in street children and leprosy patients.

child labourers, internal refugees and victims of

For those with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, measles etc, hearing loss is a risk regardless. It

human trafficking, among others. I

also confounds existing health problems and

introduced audiology topics to new

disabilities, where those doubly disadvantaged

staff. Before All Ears Cambodia

are hit twice as hard.





arrived, there were no affordable hearing aids or audiology services.

A summer to remember

With nowhere else to formally study,

Cambodia has a fast-growing young population

I shared my training the best I could

and audiology as a profession is equally young

with the mix of equipment old and

there. It’s the same across much of the world.

new. Shared learning formed a strong

Originally I set out to teach audiology in a least-

component of my visit and the staff

developed country, but in the end I learnt more

were experienced in dealing with

than I thought I would. I hardly imagined I would

complications less common in the

confront landmine injury and malaria in flooded

UK. Fungal infections were identified quickly

areas or that I’d become friends with the highly-

and in-house earmoulds were carved out with

motivated, skilled and compassionate individuals

precision. Foreign bodies could be alive and

that make up All Ears Cambodia. Their work is


truly remarkable.







overwhelming and although the staff work tirelessly, it’s simply impossible to cover the entire country. By necessity, they do the work of the audiologist, otologist, nurse, and speech and language therapist – not to mention educational school visits as part of a primary prevention initiative. As such, great emphasis is placed on training and hence my summer role.

Acknowledgements This exchange would not have been possible or a success without the marvellous work of the staff at All Ears Cambodia and director Glyn Vaughan. I also wish to extend a warm thanks to Dr Nick Thyer, University of Leeds, for his support.


Outreach work I soon joined the team on outreach visits across the country, including a leprosy clinic and a centre for street children. In rural areas, noisy conditions and high patient numbers proved testing.



poor in flooded areas. I met ordinary Khmers young and old, deaf and hearing, poor and very poor, while the rich drove past us in their gas guzzling SUVs. There were people my age whose hearing loss had robbed them of a basic education and job. Sitting down for fish soup and coconut milk – as a begging blind man strolled past bellowing Hey Jude at the top of his lungs – I reflected on the sobering reality of life in Cambodia, contrasting it with a British student life of debt, excess and optimism. I learnt how hearing loss can also be a consequence of poverty, which goes some way


All Ears Cambodia

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Epidemiologic Reviews. 27, 36-46.

Tribute to Michael Eric Bryan M

ichael Eric (Mike) Bryan), who died on 31st July 2011, had a long and distinguished career in the areas of Audiology and Auditory Perception.

Mike was born in 1932 in the small Lancashire village of Tarleton and educated at Hutton Grammar School; from Hutton, he moved onto Liverpool University to read Electronic Engineering and subsequently graduated with First Class Honours. Up to this point he had not taken any interest, or had any involvement in hearing, but now he moved to the sub-department of Acoustics at Liverpool to work for his doctorate under the supervision of Derrick Parbrook. His research project was a study of the audibility of harmonic tones in the presence of the fundamental. This work earned him his PhD and a warm commendation from the external examiner, the late Dr Tom Littler of the MRC. Mike was then appointed lecturer at Salford University, but soon moved back to Liverpool to begin a very active career in teaching and research. His early work did not involve Audiology per se, but was mainly in the areas of threshold measurement and loudness evaluation, with a particular concern for precision in the former. He also developed an interest in the (then rather novel) topic of Infrasound. In addition, he published some engineering papers on instrumentation for infrasonic work. During the late 1960’s, he developed an increasing interest in infrasound, particularly threshold and loudness, and was also concerned with studies of the mechanisms of threshold behaviour, both at normal and lower frequencies. Around this time, he further began to taken an interest in annoyance, due to both normal (audio) frequency and low frequency noise. In 1966 Mike left Liverpool University, together with his long-term colleague and friend, Bill Tempest, to move to Salford and to set up an Audiology Group in that University. Mike and Bill were shortly after this appointed Readers, posts which they held until retirement in the early 1980’s. Mike’s interests were widening and he began to look at motor vehicle (internal) noise in both passenger cars and lorries, a topic which, due to the high levels of infrasound in these environments, tied in with his interests in that subject. Around this time, he also became involved in the study of noise in industry, considering its effects on both hearing and on other aspects of health and well-being.

These developing interests in essentially audiological topics led him to become an original member of the British Society of Audiology and also to take an active part in the University of Salford’s plan to institute a Master’s Degree in Audiology in 1972, the first such degree in England. Thos postgraduate course was modular in form, a choice of modules allowing participants to concentrate on clinical or industrial aspects of the subject. All candidates were also required to present a dissertation which involved six month’s work, the modular form allowing the course to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Mike was also involved in setting up a series of short courses in Industrial Audiometry, to train nurses and others in the practice of audiometric testing in the factory environment. These courses proved of considerable interest and ultimately more than one hundred such courses finally took place. The emphasis on teaching still left Mike time for research into hearing, deafness, thresholds and loudness, but he now joined Bill Tempest in setting up a partnership as Noise Consultants. The consultancy was mainly concerned with work involving aspects of hearing, and was employed to present scientific evidence in numerous early cases for compensation for occupational deafness. Another area of particular expertise was, of course, in dealing with problems arising from low frequency noise, which required special skills in both measurement and evaluation. In the early 1980’s, University funding cuts meant that Mike took early retirement from Salford, however, he continued to teach both in the University on a part-time basis and on short courses while developing his consulting activities. Additionally, he gave sterling service on the editorial board of the Journal of Low Frequency Noise Vibration and Active Control. Mike continued with these activities until has career was ultimately terminated by ill-health some years before his death at the age of 78. I am sure he will be remembered as a man who made significant contribution to all the fields in which he worked. He leaves a wife, six children and a number of grandchildren. Bill Tempest


Examination Passes The following students have passed accredited BSA courses over recent months:

BSA Certificate in Industrial Audiometry (Audio-Training) David Bilingsby

Ron Davidson

Helen Snape

Debbie Clark

Aliza Gluck

Keeley Whitehead

Joanna Collis

Paula Richardson

Colin Wilkinson

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Adults and over 5s) (Audio-Training) Jasdeep Bansal

Jeanette Gilmour

Peter Oakes

John Barrett

Aliza Gluck

Samuel Palmer

Eleanor Coke

Sukhraj Moar

Tim Rantle

Wesley Dyer

Troy Noel

Matthew Trigg

Congratulations to all candidates Details of all accredited course providers, together with information on providing accredited courses, are available from the BSA and via the BSA website.


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Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd June 2012 3-day course, 9.00 am - 5.15 pm

James Cook University Hospital Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW United Kingdom Cost of course: ÂŁ247 Closing date for applications: Monday 21st May 2012 Early booking is advised as places are limited


AGM Report for Council 2011 (01/06/10 to 31/05/11)

OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES The Society, through its Memorandum and Articles has the object the advancement of audiology by: i.

Education and research in the science of audiology.


Promotion of the development of good clinical audiological practice at all stages of care.

iii. Advancing the science and clinical practice of audiology by such other charitable means as the Council Members in their absolute discretion shall determine. The governing body of the Society is the

and Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group (ARIG).

Council. The council consists of a minimum of

These groups arrange meetings of their choice.

12 and a maximum of 16 elected Trustees of the

From time to time the Society organises joint

Society. This includes 5 officers: the Chairman,

meetings with other groups such as the British

Vice-Chairman, Immediate Past Chairman,

Association of Paediatricians in Audiology or the

Secretary and Treasurer. Meetings of Council are

Otology section of the RSM. In addition to the

also attended by Advisors appointed by Council

main annual conference, the Society also holds

in an “ad hoc” fashion as required to meet the

major national or international meetings covering

needs of the Society.

aspects of Audiology. The Society is able to call

The Society has five main standing committees:

on the resources of its membership to provide


advice on Audiological matters to Government





which of

and other organisations. The Society also

scientific meetings, some of which are

produces a series of recommended procedures on

held jointly with other societies.

Audiological techniques and is actively involved





(ii) Professional Practice Committee,

in the production of national and international








establishing standards and courses in which

two months members receive a postal mailing

considers applications for membership of

containing advance notice of Society meetings,

the Society.

details of job opportunities within Audiology and

(iv) Awards Panel, which advises the

general information about the Society’s activities,

Council on prospective recipients of the

as well as meeting notices of other societies and

Society’s prestigious awards.

product details from manufacturers, etc. In 2010-

iii. iii)



The Society communicates regularly with its members via email, post and the internet. Every

Audiology. Membership


(v) Research Fund Steering Committee,

11 a new email address was set up to improve


email communication between Council and the






research fund

There is also a general email address for public The Council may also set up working groups to

use which is The Society is

consider specific issues as they arise. Throughout

now registered on Twitter should members wish

the year the Society holds regular scientific,

to use this form of communication.

clinical and technical meetings with a wide range

The BSA NEWS, containing information on Audiological matters, readers’ letters and

of invited and contributed papers. The Memorandum and Articles of the Society

abstracts of some papers presented at Society

allow for the establishment of special interest

meetings, is sent to members with alternate

groups and local branches. Current Special

mailings. The official Journal of the Society is the

Interest Groups of the Society are Balance Interest

International Journal of Audiology (of which BSA

Group (BIG); Paediatric Audiology Interest Group

is a tripartite owner with the International Society

(PAIG); Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

of Audiology (ISA) and the Nordic Audiological


Society (NAS), and which is published twelve

Chairman as Ros Davies became immediate Past

times per year and sent free of charge to our

Chairman at the 2010 AGM.

members. It has an international reputation with a high impact factor and is recognised as a valuable part of the world-wide academic library



Election of Treasurer and Honorary Secretary: This is for a term of 3 years and with further

The British Society of Audiology, founded in 1966, aims to increase knowledge of hearing and balance and to enhance audiological practice by dissemination, education and furtherance of research as a learned society. The Society has grown steadily since foundation and is the largest national audiology society in Europe. It is multidisciplinary and has members from all areas of audiology in the UK and throughout the world.

Kevin Munro was elected into the Vice Chair post and took up office at the 2010 AGM.

on Audiology.


Election of Vice Chairman:

As of May 2011 there are over 1300

members, with more than 70 from overseas. As well as audiologists and other scientists it has student, retired and life members. The Society is a founder member of the Federation of Acoustical Societies of Europe (FASE) and more recently provided the stimulus for the creation of the European Federation of Audiological Societies (EFAS). Work on incorporation of BSA to a Company Limited by Guarantee continues. All BSA Trustees have registered for this and the Society has been endorsed by Professor Sue Hill as pre-eminent in the audiology field so that it can use the term ‘British’ in the title.

re-election for another 3 years if the incumbent wishes to stand. These posts are Officer roles. Andy Reid became treasurer and Dave Furness became secretary at the 2010 AGM.

Election of other Council members Six new Trustees were elected to Council: Huw Cooper, Heather Fortnum, Graham Frost, Daniel Rowan, Helen Pryce and Nick Thyer. Council therefore consists of the above named together with Tim Husband, Linda Grimmett and Sebastian Hendricks, making a total of 14 Trustees.

Other Arrangements: The current Chair of the Professional Practice Committee is a Trustee and SIGs Chairs continue as advisory members of Council.

Trustee Away Day Council decided that, as part of an ongoing strategy to ensure proper management of the society, the Trustees should have an annual away day to provide training. This took place in February. As an outcome of the meeting, Trustees

Election of new Council members: The Regulations state that there shall be a minimum of 12 elected Trustees. The post is for 3 years and the Member can be re-elected for a second term of 3 years. In 2010/2011 Adrian Davis and Ewa Raglan both completed their officer roles at the 2010 AGM, and Jacqui Sheldrake and Rosie Hayes also stepped down after 4 years on Council. Due to unanticipated heavy work commitments elsewhere, Doris Bamiou resigned as Secretary, and resignations from Basil Shihabi and Henry Pau were also accepted.

were given specific roles in future strategic directions of the Society: David Baguley and Linda Grimmett: develop





To and

independent voice of audiology and hearing science community with reference to policy makers Kevin Munro and Heather Fortnum: to facilitate links between clinicians and researchers Dave Furness: to broaden membership, both individual and Institutional.

Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman The Chair post is an Officer role and requires service for a term of 6 years: 2 years as Vice Chairman, 2 years as Chairman and 2 years as Immediate Past Chairman. Dave Baguley became


Huw Cooper and Sebastian Hendricks: to consider modernisation and/or rebranding issues as needed, including BSA News/ newsletters/website and development of a BSA definition of audiology.


expenditure by £2,750 which in part, is related to

Law applicable to charities in England and Wales requires the Officers to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the Officers have elected to prepare the financial statements in accordance with United Kingdom generally Accepted Accounting Practice (United Kingdom Accounting Standards and applicable law).

The financial Charities Act 1993.


Officers are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Society and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection

the reduction in legal fees this year. The Treasurer would like to pay tribute to the hard work and efficiency of the Secretariat in general and of Jan Deevey in particular for her running of the day-to-day finances of the Society. I would also like to thank Target Chartered Accountants for their help and support. (Honorary Treasurer, Andrew Reid, 2011)







of fraud and other irregularities. In addition, the

restructuring audiology education and training

Officers are responsible for the proper governance

drew a strong response from audiologists. A

of the Society in keeping with it regulations,

letter was sent from the BSA to Professor Sue

Objectives and the Articles and Memorandum.

Hill (Chief Scientific Officer) and the Society

The current officers are:

offered a forum for further discussion of MSC.

Chairman: David Baguley

A second letter to Sue Hill regarding MSC was

Vice-Chairman: Kevin Munroe

prepared by BSA and endorsed by the following

Immediate Past Chairman: Rosalyn Davies

professional audiology bodies at the July 2010

Treasurer: Andy Reid


Secretary: David Furness

BAAP, BAPA, BATOD, BAEA, RCSLT, and AP in VR. The predominant concerns expressed


were i) urgency to complete, consult and publish

Fu nding of the Society is through Membership Subscriptions, Commercial Sponsor Members, Sponsorship of meetings and advertising. Income is also generated through Society meetings wh ich are organised to be self funding. If any meeting produces a surplus, the surplus is used to fund Committee meetings and to offset any loss incurred at future meetings. The policy of the BSA is to spread the risk of monies invested and to review regularly those investments to ensure maximum return. From the Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 31 May, 2011, it appears that the British Society of Audiology is overall in a reasonably good financial position.


comparison with last year ou r reserves are lower by some £8,856. Our total incoming resources ar e slightly lower than last year (by £3,731) but is still at a healthy £214,945. Investment income fell by £2,096 which is related to the poor bank






professional lead for final development phase; iii) entitlement of professional bodies to take responsibility for the accreditation of training programmes; iv) identification of the education commissioners for the Foundation Degree, the Neurosensory Healthcare Science BSc and the MSc; v) identification of the manpower planning process and vi) identification of key personnel to provide quicker communication routes with DH. Commentary was also made on the Practitioner Training


invitation from the DH.




Copies were sent to

FHEIs and BAA. Input from the BSA has been acknowledged by DH and Medical Education England and the BSA has been invited to help comment further on the MSC education and training programmes.


interest rate and this has contributed to the

A highlight of the year was the BSA Annual

lower incoming resources. We have seen a slight

Conference which was held from 8-10 September

decrease in income from advertising (by £2,884)

2010 at the University of Manchester, organised

during the past year and we are in dialogue

by Kevin Munro, Colette MacKay and Chris

with our Sponsors to see if we can reverse this

Plack, with support from Andy Reid , Jan Deevey

trend. Income from subscriptions has remained

and the team from the BSA Secretariat. For the

steady and for 2011 was £69,274.

The overall

first time this meeting was joint between the BSA

reduction in income was offset by a reduction in

Annual Conference and the Experimental Short


Papers Meeting The theme of the meeting was

of the work done by the last committee in setting

“Uniting basic, translational and clinical research

up and establishing the BSA Applied Research

with practice” at the on-campus conference


facilities of the University of Manchester. There

Funding 2011: the MRC Institute of Hearing

were over 300 delegates registered, with sponsor

Research has continued its annual contribution

members and exhibitors pushing the numbers

of £10,000 in 2011 to match the BSA funds

further. Delegates expressed the view that the

reserved annually for these awards. We are

joint meeting was a great success. It is hoped

immensely grateful for their generous support

that this will set a precedent for further such

since the scheme was set up and the fund is in a

joint meetings in future years (see also under

healthy position.

Programmes Committee report).

Research Applications 2011: RFSCo met in June to consider applications for the 2011 round of

BSA Website

BSA Applied Research Funds. Four applications

Following the launch of the new website, Jason

were discussed; two have since been withdrawn.

Smalley continues as web manager with a contract

All required some modifications before they

with the BSA. The number of people accessing the website continues to grow. PayPal has been

could be re-considered for funding this year and a teleconference was held on 15th August for this

set up and payment for some conferences can be

purpose. It was decided at that meeting to award

made on-line using this method. BSA News is

2 grants totalling ~£6,000.

now on the website in the Members area.

Proposed changes to Terms and Conditions and Terms of Reference: Following on from last


year’s recommendations, the new Committee has considered various changes to the grant giving process and propose that grants be increased to £5,000 and given for research undertaken over a one year period. A two stage process

Research Awards and Prizes There are two awards structures in the Society. The Research Fund Steering Committee (RFSCo) makes awards on the basis of applications for the Research Fund. The fund comprises a £10 000 contribution from the BSA and matching funding from the MRC Institute of Hearing Research. The Awards Panel invites nominations for the Society’s annual awards and prizes and decides on the recipients.

has been recommended as re-submission of applications has been a recurrent feature with each award round and a new series of deadlines would be introduced in 2012 to take account of this: deadline for applications: 1st April 2012; deadline for resubmissions (as required): 30 th May 2012. The Committee will review the Terms and Conditions for grant applications and the Terms of Reference for the RFSCo, both of which when ratified by Council will be available to BSA

RFSCo: BSA APPLIED RESEARCH GRANTS (in honour of the late Stuart Gatehouse) Dr Sarita Fonseca stood down as Chair of the RFSCo in the autumn of 2010 and was replaced by Dr Ros Davies (Immediate Past Chair of BSA). Also standing down were Dr Sally Hind (MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham) and Dr Ewa Raglan (Immediate Past Treasurer of BSA). Four new members have joined the committee: Dr Michael Akeroyd (MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Glasgow), Dr Heather Fortnum (National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, Nottingham), Dr David Furness (BSA Secretary) and Mr Andrew Reid (BSA Treasurer) who join Professor Adrian Davis and Dr Ros Davies. The new committee is very appreciative


members on the password protected members website. The changes will take effect from BSA Council meeting in September 2011. Research Training Event 2012: A 2-day Research Training Event has been arranged in Nottingham for 19 th /20 th January 2012. The programme of lectures and workshops will be organised by Heather Fortnum and take place at the NBRUH, Nottingham. We hope that BSA applicants will take advantage of this event which has been programmed to run well in advance of the deadline for grant applications on 1st April. It is the aim of the Committee to attract a higher number of applicants and maintain a consistent standard of excellence in grants awarded. To these ends, current activities are directed towards promotion of awareness of the Research Fund and

of the Research Training Event. I am optimistic

organised by Amy Chapman. In 2011 the meetings

that RFSCo will continue to thrive in the future

programme started with a BIG Meeting in March

and I would like to thank the Committee for its

at the Ear Institute, London. PAIG held their

support during my first year.

annual meeting in Sheffield in May, and our last

Dr Rosalyn Davies, August 2011.

meeting of the year, the 2011 Annual conference at Nottingham Trent University has been organised

The BSA awards panel

by Heather Fortnum and Deb Hall. The success

The late Dr Thomas Simm Littler awards are

of all these meetings rests with the organisers

for a lectureship and prize fund in honour of the

and the secretariat. Congratulations and thanks

pioneer in British Audiology. The awards are

must go to them for their efforts and dedication.

made in recognition of academic contributions

For more detailed information on the upcoming

to Audiology. The lecture, to be given at The

meetings go to: (Events and

Annual Conference, was awarded to Professor


Stuart Rosen. An award has also been made to Professor Deb Hall for her contributions to many areas of research in tinnitus but particularly her innovative work in the application of behavioural

Annual report of Programmes Committee August 2011, C DePlacido (Chair)

Professional Practice Committee

and neuroimaging methods especially functional

The Professional Practice Committee has had

magnetic resonance imaging. The Ruth Spencer

a particularly active year and we thank the

Prize was awarded to two winners: Fiona Barker

audiology community for input during review and

for her contribution to clinical services by a

consultation on various documents (see summary

registered practitioner; and Rachel Knappett in

below). We are working hard to ensure that this

recognition of her work on the transition service

input is used effectively, responded to rigorously

at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The Denzil Brooks

and dealt with in an open and transparent manner.

Trophy was given to Sally Wood for promoting

For example, we have enhanced our review

excellence in audiological practice. The Jos Millar

process and are collating, in one coherent form,

Shield was given to Douglas Beck (Oticon Inc,

all (anonymised) comments from peer review and

New Jersey, USA) and Ravi Sockalingam (Oticon

then consultation to provide a clear narrative of

A/S, Denmark) for the best article published

input received and actions taken, and for this to

in BSA News in the past year, from BSA News

be available to anyone on request.

Issue 61, December 2010 entitled: ‘Can Advanced

We also thank those who have retired from

Signal Processing Facilitate Spatial Hearing?’

the committee and those new members who

George Harris Award no award was given this

have come onboard. The PPC has a new Vice-

year as the single nomination received was not

Chairman, Graham Frost, who will become the

valid according to the Society’s regulations.

Chairman at the AGM next year when the current Chairman, Daniel Rowan, completes his term.

Programmes Committee

The clinical utility of speech stimuli is a topic we

Chris DePlacido took over as chair of the

have turned our attention to, and have organised

programmes committee in December 2010 and

a symposium at the 2011 annual conference ahead

would like to thank the outgoing chair Andy

of a clinical study day planned for summer 2012.

Reid for all his work and for his help and

Our new webpages continue to be developed, and

advice. There have been a number of meetings

our Procedures and Publications page has the

in the last year starting with a very successful

highest hits of all pages on the BSA website.

conference in Manchester, organised by Kevin

We are looking forward to a busy year ahead

Munro. This conference, the first joint BSA

and to receiving you comments, supportive and

and ESP conference, delivered an extremely

challenging, to help us in our goal to promote best

interesting scientific programme, supported by

practice in audiology.

workshops and a large exhibition and poster

Want to be involved with our exciting and

area. The conference was well attended and

rewarding work? We are currently seeking two

feedback confirmed the meeting was a great

new recruits: please see BSA website for details

success. This was followed by another successful

( Deadline for nominations: 19 th September 2011.

London evening meeting in October 2010, ably


Summary of status of documents Published: •

Recommended Procedure for the Caloric Test (minor amendment to existing), September




Interest Group. •

Recommended Procedure for Taking an Aural Impression (minor amendment to existing), October 2010. Authors:

The International Journal of Audiology (IJA) The IJA is an internationally respected journal that publishes articles on audiological and related research. The BSA is represented on the IJA Council by Adrian Davis and Peter West, with Graham Frost continuing to represent BSA in legal proceedings initiated previously against the

Professional Practice Committee.

former publisher.

Position Statement on Auditory Processing

by Adrian Davis on IJA Council discussions that

Following a report prepared

Disorders (APD) (new). March 2011.

had been circulated to Trustees at the last council

Authors: APD Special Interest Group.

meeting, BSA Council agreed that allocation of

An overview of current management of

royalties for 2011 should be based on the model

APD (new). August 2011. Authors: APD

BSA expected to be in place with a nominal

Special Interest Group.

cost of $20 per member for the IJA. The BSA IJA

Post-consultation (publication imminent):

representatives have been mandated to propose

Recommended Procedure: Pure Tone

a new funding model based on a nominal cost

Air and Bone Conduction Threshold

of $5 per member being implements in 2012 and

Audiometry With and Without Masking

to be reviewed at each IJA Council meeting.

(review of existing). Authors: Professional

BSA will continue to manage the IJA Council

Practice Committee.

dollar bank account and to act on behalf of the

Recommended Procedure: Determination of




(review of existing). Authors: Professional Practice Committee. •

Minimum Training Standards: Aural Care by Non-Medical Hearing Healthcare


Council IJA representatives have been tasked contract in order to maximise BSA and overall returns, with appropriate legal advice paid for

Recommended Procedure (Supplement):


by the Society. They will look at the revised agreement in line with the BSA’s new status as CLG. The next IJA Council meeting has been set up for October 28th.

Practice Guidance on Rehabilitation of

The IJA editor, Ross Roeser, has submitted

Adults with Hearing or Balance Problems

his half year report on the journal in which he

in Routine Audiology Services (new).

continues to emphasise the current successes of

Authors: Professional Practice Committee

IJA stating:

in collaboration with Ida Institute. Recommended tympanometry

P rocedures (including

“The mission of the International Journal for

of Audiology (IJA) is to further develop the


scientifically robust evidence base for audiology.

with NHSP protocol), tuning-fork tests and cleaning of speculae etc and infection control, Practice Guidance for hearing assessment etc for non-audiologists, and Policy for processing documents (revision •

paper free, on-line access to the IJA.

Practice Committee.

olds (new). Authors: Professional Practice

carry out a survey of BSA members regarding

with examining the detail of the publishing

Taking an Aural Impression: under 5 year

they represent. Peter West has been asked to

Professions (new). Authors: Professional

In process: •

appointed Treasurer, no matter which Society

The journal aims to achieve its mission through publication of high-quality papers of relevance to the science and clinical practice of audiology and its component disciplines. As a high impact

of existing).

journal, with a wide international readership,

Recommended Procedures for visual

IJA will ensure critical, thoughtful, speedy and

reinforcement audiometry, the distraction

thorough review of all submitted papers. The


International journal of Audiology aims to be




audiometry (new; being transferred from NHSP).

recognized as the leading journal in the field.” The impact factor for IJA has continued to rise year on year and there have been 154 submissions

Annual report of PPC August 2011, Daniel Rowan (Chair)


over the current year with 84 m/s in review. On

average there are 63 days from submission to

through peer review (national and international

final decision and about 4 months from then

level) and public consultation. The BSA Council

to publication. The accept ration is 43%. The

have recommended a few final amendments

success of the journal in this respect is due to the

which have been made. This report provides an

healthy relationship between the editor and the

overview of current management options, citing

editorial board, which met at the EFAS congress

evidence levels, to inform clinicians of current

in Poland around June 2011.

best practice whilst simultaneously guiding

(Summarised from the report for Council by

further research. The purpose of the document is to provide information to enable professionals to

A Davies and P West August 2011)

make informed choices. Practical appendices and

BSA News

references are referred to in the text.

BSA News continues to be published three

The BSA APD Special Interest Group is also

times a year. This has been very positive year

continuing to work on a ‘white paper’, which

for the BSA NEWS, with a wide selection of

further outlines the evidence for APD and the

submitted articles. Thanks are due once again to

UK position on APD. This will be published in

Ann Allen at the BSA secretariat for her invaluable

a peer-reviewed journal. We will invite leading

help in collating the diary and providing proof

international APD experts to comment on this

reading services, in addition to many other tasks.

paper in the same journal edition.

Ken and Trevor at MRM Associates Ltd have

Finally, we are involved with coordinating a

again provided an excellent and prompt service.

one-day conference titled ‘Global Perspectives

Thanks to the work of Jason Smalley we now

on (C)APD’ to be held in conjunction with the

have an electronic copy of the BSA News on the

American Academy of Audiology convention

members section of the website

in Boston, Massachusetts, March 28-31, 2012.

We are expanding our Editorial team this

Dr Doris Bamiou and Dr Frank Musiek (USA)

Autumn and will have two new editors working

are the co-chairs, with Dr Gail Chermak (USA)

with us from Issue 64. This will help us take new

chairing the programme committee, on which

ides and developments forward.

two of our other committee members, Prof Dave

The BSA News Editors had planned some

Moore and Dr Nicci Campbell, are also serving.

developments for the BSA news for last year. The

The purpose of this conference is to bring together

first of these, the “How I do that” column where

leading researchers and clinicians working in the

members address common clinical issues has

area of APD from around the world to share their

been implemented, as always BSA members are

perspectives on recent developments and future

asked for suggestions of clinical dilemmas that

directions in this area.

require discussion - or indeed to volunteer to

Committee members of BSA APD Special

write one of the columns. We are pleased to report

Interest Group: Dr Roshini Alles, Dr Doris

increased involvement from manufacturers;

Bamiou (Past Chair), Dr Lesley Batchelor, Dr

several informative articles have been submitted

Nicci Campbell (Vice Chair), Mr David Canning

this year. If there is anything the BSA readership

(Chair/retiring 2011), Ms Pauline Grant, Prof

would be interested in seeing “In the news” they

Linda Luxon, Prof. David Moore, Ms Pam

are asked to contact either Christine DePlacido

Murray, Ms Sara Nairn, Prof Stuart Rosen, Dr

or Ann Allen via the BSA office.

Tony Sirimanna, Dr Dilys Treharne, and Dr

Annual report August 2011, C DePlacido

Kelvin Wakeham Annual report of APD, August 2011 by N


Campbell (Vice Chair)

Auditory Processing Disorders Interest Group The BSA APD Position Statement which outlines the BSA’s current position on APD has been accepted following peer review (national and international level) and public consultation. This document is available on the BSA website. The BSA Practice Guidance Document has also been


Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group ARIG met for the first time on the 28th of March 2011 and has had or planned meetings every three months from this date. Our current membership is made up of: Wanda Aleksy, Amanda Casey, Charlotte Rogers, Christine dePlacido, Sheila Fidler, Sandy Grimes, Lucy

Handscomb, Veronica Kennedy and Beth-Anne


Manketelow. We additionally have Crystal Rolfe

Following the publication last year of the

from the RNID and Linda Sharkey from Hearing

recommended procedure for caloric testing (an

Link attending as observers.

opus magnus if there ever was one) a subset of the

The aim of this group is to Improve access to

steering committee, along with co-opted experts

the rehabilitation evidence base for practitioners

and ably led by Debbie Cane, produced a guidance

and raise the profile of rehabilitation in

document on performing cervical vestibular

education and current clinical practice.

evoked myogenic potential measurements. Whilst

Our remit covers: a.


not fitting the strict criteria required to become a audiological



recommended procedure, we feel it will of value

Tinnitus and Hyperacusis management

to those centres that have started or about to

Communication skills training/Auditory

start delivering a VEMP testing service.


of these current documents may be found on the


Hearing Aid Technology and Fitting

revamped BSA website. Hopefully you will find


Management of Deafened Adults

these useful. Comments and feedback are still


Evidence base/Best practice for sound



enrichment techniques f.


The group has started work on two further

f. Future training route and clinical

procedures; the first of these on ‘Eye Movement



Assessment’ is near completion and has already

rehabilitation including those wishing to



been sent to the Professional Practice Committee.

practice Specialist Adult Rehabilitation

It should be available on the website quite soon

We are currently developing a BSA standard:

as part of a wider consultation phase – all

‘Adults with Hearing Difficulties: Standards of

comments and suggestions will be considered

Care’ Looking at the pathway from assessment,

and if appropriate included in the final published

to management to outcomes. We plan to liaise

version. The second is a major revision of the

with voluntary bodies and commissioners in the

recommended procedure for the Dix-Hallpike

development of this standard.

manoeuvre but which will also provide guidance

Annual report of ARIG August 2011, T Husband (Chair)

canals. In the future there should also be a followup to the c-VEMPs document but on ocular

Balance Interest Group


BIG Steering Committee – who are we? The activities of the steering committee currently support the development of new procedures and guidance documents for the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with balance disorders; organising


on the assessment of all of the semi-circular



& conferences, improving networks between professionals (and patients) involved in this challenging & exciting field.

We have also

been involved in events at a national DoH level, both in terms of service delivery and education. The steering committee is currently made up of

Meetings Our bi-annual meeting of the Balance Interest Group was held at the Ear Institute, UCL on Friday 11th March 2011. Simply titled, “The Balance Interest Group Conference”, it included a wide range of speakers from a varied, muftidisciplinary background.

With over sixty

delegates and company sponsorship the meeting generated a small surplus. Feedback was very positive.

Future Meetings

the following individuals: Dr Ghada Al-Malky;

A masterclass on “novel approaches to clinical

Johanna Beyts; Katy Butler (Hon Sec); Debbie

testing of balance has been organised for the

Cane; Albert Coelho; Paul Radomskij (Chair); Dr Jenny Rogers (vice chair); Dr Dolores Umapathy;

first afternoon of the BSA Conference this coming September, specifically Wednesday 7th

Dr Peter West; Dr Andrew Wilkinson. It has been

September 2011. It will consist of four individual

an interesting year for the Balance Interest Group

workshops as follow: Workshop 1 - Katy Btler,

and the main focus of our work is highlighted

Johanna Beyts and Dr Peter West will be leading


the session on vibration induced nystagmus and hyperventilation. Workshop 2 - Me and Dr Jenny


Rogers will be covering the subjective visual-

The 11th PAIG Conference in May was at the

vertical and clinical rotation tests. Workshop

Sheffield Hilton Hotel.

3 – Head thrust test and dynamic visual acuity

Beyond Targets’ it demystified some of the

will be presented by me, Dr Ghada Al-Malky and

areas associated with communication difficulty

Dr Jenny Rogers. Workshop 4 – The objective,

with hearing loss.

instrumental versions of some of these clinical

Snowling, Prof Valerie Hazan, Dr Deborah James,

subjective tests will be presented by Alex Cheyne

Dr Josephine Marriage in the morning were

from Biosense, namely Visual-vertical, dynamic

Chaired by Dr Sue Archbold, Chief Executive of

visual acuity and head impulse test

The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, produced a

Each workshop will cover the ‘How’ and the ‘Why’ as well as an overview of the evidence base

Titled ‘Understanding

The speakers, Prof Maggie

very engaging and educational program. The afternoon speakers for the traditional breakout sessions (workshops) were Mr Graham

and case studies. The BIG Conference 2012 is in the early stages of planning. Dates and venue to be confirmed shortly.

Hilton (Phonak UK), Dr Dilys Treharne and Mrs Gwen Carr where areas of advanced verification, speech & language assessment for audiologists and strategies to support listening skills were

Promoting Research


We are hoping to organise a balance research

The Conference was well attended, as with

meeting in January 2012. One of the aims is to

previous years, and feedback comments were

promote multi-centre research projects. If you

reported to Council.

would like to be involved or would like further

Conferences iLearn video and presentation slides

details please contact me via the e-mail address:

were made available via the BSA website by Chris

Cartwright of Phonak UK.

Annual report of BIG August 2011, Paul Radomskij (Chair).

PAIG will continue to flourish and we look forward to providing a service to those interested

Paediatric Audiology Interest Group (PAIG) PAIG has continued to flourish in 2010 and 2011 with well attended committee meetings in October, January and June with the annual conference in May.

As with previous PAIG

We presently have a full

in paediatrics.

We welcome input from the

membership and will endeavour to reflect their interests. Annual report of PAIG August 2011, Kelvin Wakeham (Chair)


complement of 10 on committee representing

The success of the joint Annual Conference

several professional backgrounds. The advisory

is a first step in promoting greater integration

panel number 12 and have been integral to the

between the clinicians, basic and translational

group’s wider knowledge base.

researchers in the UK and internationally and

The committee in the Autumn were asked

will be emulated and enhanced further by the

to formulate a rapid response to a newborn

next joint conference in Nottingham, 2011. The

hearing screening and early years commissioning

Society’s continued aim is to promote education

brief from the NHSP Clinical Team. The draft

meetings, conferences on topics of current

‘Commissioning Framework for Children with

importance within hearing and balance and

hearing difficulties and their Families’ was

clinical up-date events. In particular, engagement

confrontational and had far reaching ramifications

and informed commentary on the development

for delivery of services to families in local areas.

of MSC will continue to be a major role. The

The minimum numbers consultation document

conversion from an unincorporated Charity to

for early assessment and fitting proposal made

a Company with Limited Guarantee should be

many paediatric departments fall short of being

completed in the coming year and will safeguard

independent specialists as they were previously.

the financial interests of BSA members.

PAIG with the BSA Chair responded to this draft consultation document on behalf of its membership which allowed for further dialogue with the Clinical Team.


Compiled by David N Furness, Secretary, August 2011




led by BSA, and both responses were received itemises


achievements of the Society during the year September 2010 to September 2011. This has been a busy year, and in this report I indicate some of the key themes that have emerged.

well by the Department of Health, with the BSA being seen to have delivered clear and timely comments.

Building upon the multidisciplinary membership The multidisciplinary nature of the BSA is one of its great strengths, and care has been taken to

Council and communication Council members have transitioned into Trustees, and there was 100% attendance at the Trustee awayday. Communication amongst Trustees and Council advisors has been facilitated by an email address that automatically goes to all members of Council, and enables rapid and open discussion of issues.

build upon that. The Annual Conference in 2011 again draws together the clinical and auditory neuroscience communities with the hope that the synergy between the two will lead to translational research for the benefits of persons with hearing and balance disorders. Further, membership applications have been encouraged from both communities, and also from independent sector hearing care providers.

Website Under the care of the webmaster Jason Smalley the BSA website has become a thriving resource. It consistently attracts over 850 visits per week, and has been regularly utilised to disseminate information of interest to the membership.

BSA Awards The award winners in 2011 again reflected the strengths of the BSA, coming from a variety of professional backgrounds, and all excelling in their field. The Awards process was further developed, and will continue to be reviewed

Modernising Scientific Careers The BSA has commented critically and constructively upon the proposed frameworks for training Practitioners (PTP) and Scientists (STP). The response to the STP proposals was joint with the British Academy of Audiology, but


so that it identifies candidates who have made excellent contributions to the science and practice of Audiology. David Baguley, Chairman, August 2011

Special Interest Group reports Balance Interest Group Report BIG Steering Committee – who are we? Paul Radomskij,

Chair of balance Interest Group

The group has started work on two further

The activities of the steering committee

procedures; the first of these on Eye Movement

currently support the development of new

Assessment is near completion and has already



been sent to the Professional Practice Committee.

the assessment and rehabilitation of patients

It should be available on the website quite soon

with balance disorders; organising national

as part of a wider consultation phase – all

educational meetings and conferences, improving

comments and suggestions will be considered

networks between professionals (and patients)

and if appropriate included in the final published

involved in this challenging & exciting field. We

version. The second is a major revision of the

have also been involved in events at a national

recommended procedure for the Dix-Hallpike

DoH level, both in terms of service delivery and

manoeuvre but which will also provide guidance

education. The steering committee is currently

on the assessment of all of the semi-circular

made up of the following individuals:

canals. In the future there should also be a follow-




1. Dr Ghada Al-Malky

up to the c-VEMPs document but on ocular

2. Johanna Beyts


3. Katy Butler (Hon Sec)


4. Debbie Cane

Our bi-annual meeting of the Balance Interest

5. Albert Coelho

Group was held at the Ear Institute, UCL on Friday 11th March 2011. Simply titled, the

6. Paul Radomskij (Chair) 7. Dr Jenny Rogers (Vice Chair)

Balance Interest Group Conference, it included

8. Dr Dolores Umapathy

a wide range of speakers from a varied, mufti-

9. Dr Peter West

disciplinary background. The day started with

10. Dr Andrew Wilkinson It has been an interesting year for the Balance Interest Group and the main focus of our work is highlighted below.

a very interesting presentation by Dr Barry Seemungal, entitled Balance research – the next BIG idea? Research in balance topics is still relatively small fry when compared to the amount


of money and time devoted to hearing research.

Following the publication last year of the

Dr Seemungal’s talk and the recent work from

recommended procedure for caloric testing (an

the James Lind Alliance and their ENT Aspects

opus magnus if there ever was one) a subset of the

of Balance – Final Priority List are positive

steering committee, along with co-opted experts

aspects and a sign that things may be changing

and ably led by Debbie Cane, produced a guidance

for the better.

document on performing cervical vestibular

challenging presentation from Dr Rosalyn Davies



from the National hospital for Neurology and

Whilst not fitting the strict criteria required to

Neurosurgery – the one stop clinic. The concept

become a recommended procedure, we feel it

is not without difficulties but the advantages of

will of value to those centres that have started or

patients with balance problems being seen on one

about to start delivering a VEMP testing service.

day – from the first consultation, to assessment

Both of these current documents may be found

and to starting rehabilitation – were made very

on the revamped BSA website. Hopefully you will

clear. Following a welcome tea/coffee break, Dr

find these useful. Comments and feedback are

Jas Sandhu provided an excellent overview of the

still welcome.

current thinking and research (quite a bit of it his)




Barry’s talk was followed by a

on ocular VEMPs. This is certainly a promising

wrong kind of snow….although it may have been

test and is probably at a stage of familiarity that

a bit more?)

people had with cervical VEMPs five years ago.

Future Meetings

The morning was finished off nicely with an important presentation from Dr Marousa Pavlou, on the vestibular rehabilitation of patients with central problems and/or bilateral hypo-function. An









its need



excellent lunch, they were able to take the opportunity to visit the meeting sponsors’ exhibition stands.





opportunity to thank the meeting sponsors, Biosense, Interacoustics, GNResound and Guymark. Apart from the opportunity afforded to

Professor Adolfo Bronstein presenting Dr Peter West (and Emma King) – 2011 poster prize

delegates to have a play with some of the latest technology, without their generous financial support these sorts of meetings would be much more difficult to organise. The afternoon involved hands on clinical workshops. Delegates were able to choose two out of the four workshops available. Albert Coelho covered rotation tests; Fiona Barker and Dr Dolores Umapathy Clinical bedside

Professor Adolfo Bronstein presenting Dr Jas Sandhu – 2009 poster prize

test of balance; Rob Low and Jas Sandhu Cervical-VEMPs; Debbie Cane and Jenny Rogers Vestibular Rehabilitation Assessments and

A masterclass on novel approaches to clinical testing of balance is being organised for the first afternoon of the BSA Conference this coming September, specifically Wednesday, 7th September 2011. It will consist of four individual workshops as follows: Workshop 1 - Katy Butler, Johanna Beyts and Dr Peter West will be leading the session on vibration induced nystagmus and hyperventilation. Workshop 2 - Me and Dr Jenny Rogers will be covering the subjective visual-vertical and clinical rotation tests Workshop 3 – Head thrust test and dynamic visual acuity will be presented by me, Dr Ghada Al-Malky and Dr Jenny Rogers Workshop 4 – The objective, instrumental versions






subjective tests will be presented by Alex Cheyne from Biosense, namely Visualvertical, dynamic visual acuity and head impulse test Each workshop will cover the How and the Why as well as an overview of the evidence base and case studies. The BIG Conference 2012 is in the early stages of planning. Please do e-mail your suggestions for

formulating a VR plan. excellent

the subject areas you would like to be addressed

presentation by Professor Adolfo Bronstein.

and whether the format of presentations in the

Always value for money, Professor Bronstein

morning and workshops in the afternoon is

managed to keep the full attention of the

something you would still value.

delegates at a time when people are often

Promoting Research






slipping away to catch trains.

I think it

We are hoping to organise a balance research

is testament to his expertise and effective

meeting in January 2012. One of the aims is to

presentation skills that I did not see anyone

promote multi-centre research projects.

slipping away.

would like to be involved or would like further

We had six posters submitted this year and

If you

details please contact me via the e-mail below.

I would like all those that that made the effort

I would like to finish by thanking all the

– thank you. The certificate for best poster was

steering committee, the co-opted members,

awarded to Dr Peter West and Emma King for The

those that took the time to provide welcome

Clinical Evaluation of Peripheral Vestibular

suggestions to guidance documents and all those

Nystagmus and presented by Professor Adolfo

that attended our meeting in March.

Bronstein. The 2009 poster prize was presented

austere times we appreciate that is more difficult

to Dr Jas Sandhu (for those with long memories

to raise money from employers and that many

the 2009 meeting finished slightly early and it

people choose or are required to fund themselves.

was not possible to award the certificate on the day - this was the day that London was brought to a standstill by something like a ¼ inch of the


In these

Available from BSA Recommended Procedures

Careers in Audiology

Most of the Recommended Procedures are now in the process of being updated and revised.

Advice on pursuing a Career in Audiology is available online.

The Professional Practice Committee is working towards their completion. Please see the website for the latest information.

History Of The British Society Of Audiology Ever wondered how the British Society of Audiology began? Or how it has evolved into the largest Audiology Society in Europe? The answers to these questions and much more can now be explored in an exciting new limited edition reference book. “The History” contains:  The story behind how the meeting of five eminent persons in Mexico City in 1967 led to the formation of the Society;  How the Society has progressed;  Profiles of past and present prominent members of the Society;  Meetings and Conferences;

 Special Interest Groups and Branches;  Some of the Thomas Simm Littler Lectures (including PowerPoint presentations);  Details of Landmark Celebrations;  Selected other Audiological Societies;  The author’s own experiences of administering a professional society.

The Author For over twenty years Ann Allen was Administrative Secretary to the British Society of Audiology, taking them from Harvest House in Reading to their current office at 80 Brighton Road. Her length of service has given her a unique perspective on the Society and since 2005 Ann has used her unparalleled depth of knowledge and contacts to draw together this exceptional compilation in her own personal time. Dedication The History of the BSA was something which Larry Fisch had begun, but unfortunately the information was lost following his death in 2006 and his version was never published.

It is for this reason that the book is dedicated to Larry

Ordering Information “The History” is in the process of being printed and will be available for dispatch shortly. The price of the book reflects Ann’s interest in seeing this information in print and therefore this book is being made available on a non-profit basis.

To order your copy of this book, please send a cheque (in pounds sterling) made out to Ann Allen, together with your name and address details to her at 29 Auckland Road, Reading RG6 1NY, Berkshire, UK.

Cost per copy (inclusive of postage and packing): £12.00 (inland), £15.00 (overseas – surface mail).


Calibration services ACOUSTIC METROLOGY LIMITED AML is UKAS accredited and ISO9001 approved for the calibration of Audiometers both on site and at our laboratory in Glasgow. AML provide on site calibration and Medical Equipment Safety Testing to BS EN 62353:2008 for all audiometric equipment and an all makes repair service at our Laboratory. Contact Alan Proudler, Acoustic Metrology Limited, P.O. Box 94, Middlesbrough TS7 8XP. Tel. 01642 325382. Fax. 01642 271555. Email: Website: AMPLIVOX Amplivox provide an economical and comprehensive calibration and repair facility for Amplivox screening, diagnostic, and clinical audiometers as well as the Amplivox Otowave hand held tympanometer. The Service is to EN ISO 9001 and all reports are traceable to the National Physical Laboratory. For a quotation please contact the Sales Department, Amplivox Limited, 29-30 Station Approach, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1JD. Tel: 01865 842411. Fax: 01865 841853. Website: Email: CAMPBELL ASSOCIATES LIMITED CA offer UKAS calibration of measurement microphones (sensitivity, frequency response and capacitance) as well as sound calibrators (single and multi-frequency), and sound level meters (including frequency filters if required). Also, traceable calibration of ear simulators and audiometric couplers. Contact: Campbell Associates Limited, Sonitus House, 5b Chelmsford Road Industrial Estate, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1HD Tel. 01371 871030 Email:


GUYMARK UK LIMITED Now UKAS Accredited for the Calibration of Audiometers. The Guymark repair and calibration service covers all audiological equipment including sound field installations. Contact Guymark UK, St Luke’s House, Upper High Street, Cradley Heath, West Midlands. Tel: 01384 410848. Fax: 01384 410898. Website: Email: KAMPLEX, INTERACOUSTICS AND AUDIOSCAN EQUIPMENT The UK’s supplier and service agent for Kamplex, Interacoustics, Audioscan and Otovation instruments provides a comprehensive ISO-accredited repair and calibration service. Our technicians and service ensure your valuable instrumentation remains at peak effectiveness, performance and compliance. Contact P C Werth Limited, Audiology House, 45 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 8SP. Tel: 020 8772 2700. Fax: 020 8772 2701. Website: Email: OTODYNAMICS LIMITED Otodynamics provides a service for the calibration and report of its Echoport and Otoport precision instruments. Each system is calibrated using measuring equipment traceable to national standards. Otodynamics is certified to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485. Please contact: Otodynamics Limited, 36-38 Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield, Herts. AL10 8BB. Tel. 01707 267540. Email: Website: PURETONE LIMITED Repair and calibration of all audiometers and SLMs. Contact Puretone Limited, 9-10 Henley Business Park, Trident Close, Medway City Estate, Rochester, Kent. ME2 4ER. Tel. 01634-719427. Fax. 01634-719450. Email: Web:

Council and meeting dates Officers

Meeting Dates for 2011

Dr David Baguley – Chairman

(All may be liable to change)

Dr Kevin Munro – Vice-Chairman

Council and Programmes Committee

Dr David Furness – Secretary (ESP) Mr Andrew Reid – Treasurer

Elected Full Members Mr Huw Cooper

7th September (during Annual Conference in Nottingham) and

Mr Tim Husband

13th December

Dr Heather Fortnum (+ Annual Conference Organizer 2011) Ms Helen Pryce

Mr Graham Frost

Dr Daniel Rowan

Mrs Linda Grimmett

Dr Nick Thyer

Dr Sebastian Hendricks

Professional Practice Committee 19th September, 28th November

Council Advisors

(All meetings will take place in the

Mr David Canning (Auditory Processing Disorders Group)

Old Boardroom, National Hospital,

Ms Christine DePlacido (Scottish Branch/BSA News Editor)

Queen Square, London)

Dr Ros Davies (Chairman - Research Committee and Immediate Past Chairman)

Hearing and Balance UK

Professor Deb Hall (Annual Conference Organizer 2011)

18th October

Mr Paul Radomskij (Balance Interest Group)

(All meetings will take place in the

Dr Kelvin Wakeham (Chairman - Paediatric Audiology Interest

Old Boardroom, National Hospital,


Queen Square, London)

Mr Jason Smalley (Student representative/web administrator) Dr Peter West (IJA Representative)

Calendar of forthcoming meetings organised by the British Society of Audiology Date

Course or Event



19-20 January

2-Day Residential Research Training Event


Heather Fortnum

27 April

Balance Interest Group Conference Britain’s got balance: raising awareness of balance

2012 The Møller Centre, Cambridge

Katy Morgan Kelvin Wakeham

17 May

PAIG Conference

Sheffield Hilton Hotel

Sebastian Hendricks David Canning

5-7th September

Annual Conference

Nottingham Trent University

Heather Fortnum

Further details for all meetings available from


Membership Full Membership APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP Council Meeting 7 September 2011

Athalye, Dr S Booth, Dr L Brandreth, Mrs M E Dawes, Dr P D Henshaw, Dr H L Howlett, Mr K J Kavadias, Mr C Kolarik, Dr A J Lam-Cassettari, Dr C Lewis, Miss B Mulla, Mr I Murray-Smith, Miss C Walsh, Mrs A J Wills, Miss R

Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading NBRUH, Nottingham Manchester University NBRUH, Nottingham Hearing Trust, Bournemouth City Care Centre, Peterborough Vision & Eye Research Unit, Cambridge NBRUH, Nottingham University Hospital Wales Ear Foundation, Nottingham Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

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Regrading to Full Membership Egan, Miss K Firth, Miss P Romeo, Miss E

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton Plymouth

4099 4162 4273

Sunderland University Sheffield University IHR Nottingham Aintree University Hospital, Fazakerley Leeds University IHR Nottingham IHR Nottingham Bristol University Aston University Aston University IHR Nottingham DeMontfort University DeMontfort University University College London IHR Nottingham Southampton University MRC IHR Glasgow

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Student Membership Anwar, Mr M N Beeston, Miss A Berger, Mr J I Brady, Miss C Davies, Miss R Fletcher, Mr M Green, Mr D B Inglis, Miss E K Khan, Miss S Mehmood, Miss M Monaghan, Miss J J M Patel, Mr T Rocks, Mr T A Teki, Mr S Wells, Mr T T White, Miss R Woodfield, Miss A

Rejoining to Full Membership Marriott, Miss J

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital


Bristol Essex University York

0241 4104 0845

121 Harley Street. London W1G 6AX


330-332 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE


Retired Membership Coleman, Mr M Meddis, R Outhwaite, Mrs S J

Sponsor Membership The Tinnitus Clinic

Affiliate Membership Deafness Research UK


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BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF AUDIOLOGICAL PHYSICIANS Honorary Secretary Dr Ewa Raglan Audiology Dept. Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH BRITISH ACADEMIC CONFERENCE IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY (BACO) BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY – HEAD & NECK SURGERY (BAO-HNS) (T/A BACO & BAO-HNS) The Royal College of Surgeons of England Administrative Manager – Nechama Lewis 35/43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3PE Tel: 020 7611 1732 Fax: 020 7404 4200 Email: Website: BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL AUDIOLOGISTS (BAEA) Chairman – Peter Keen 4 Durnford Close Chilbolton Hampshire SO20 6AP Tel. 01264 860571 Email: peter.keenhearing@ BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF PAEDIATRICIANS IN AUDIOLOGY (BAPA) Previously known as British Association of Community Doctors in Audiology (BACDA) Secretariat: Mrs Pam Williams 23 Stokesay Road Sale Cheshire M33 6QN Tel: 0161 962 8915 Fax: 0161 291 9398 BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF THE DEAF President – Gary Anderson Executive Officer – BATOD Paul Simpson 21 Keating Close Rochester Medway, Kent ME1 1EQ Tel and Fax: 0845 6435181 Email: Website:


BRITISH COCHLEAR IMPLANT GROUP Website: BRITISH DEAF ASSOCIATION Head Office Coventry Point – 10th Floor Market Way Coventry CV1 1EA Email: Website: BRITISH HEARING AID MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION Chairman - Mr Lawrence Werth c/o P C Werth Limited Audiology House 45 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8SP Tel: 0208 772 2700 Email: Website: BRITISH SOCIETY OF HEARING AID AUDIOLOGISTS Secretary – Mrs Jill Humphreys 9 Lukins Drive Great Dunmow Essex CM6 1XQ Tel/Fax: 01371 876623 Email: Website: BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION 389 Chiswick High Road London W4 4AL Tel: 020 8996 9000 Fax: 020 8996 7400 Email: BRITISH TINNITUS ASSOCIATION Unit 5 Acorn Business Park Woodseats Close Sheffield S8 0TB Tel: Freephone 0800 018 0527 Email CITY LIT The Faculty of Deaf Education and Learning Support 1-10 Keeley Street Covent Garden London WC2B 4BA Tel: 020 7492 2725/6 (voice) 020 7492 2746 (minicom) 020 7492 2745 (fax) Email:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH For general information Dept. of Health Health Care (Administrative Division) Wellington House 135-155 Waterloo Road London SE1 8UG Tel: 020 7972 2000 For technical matters Dept of Health Medical Devices Directorate 14 Russell Square London WC1B 5EP Tel: 020 7636 6811 Hearing Aids - informal guidance: Policy Division Dept of Health Tel: 020 7972 4120 Contact for the supply of hearing aids NHS Hearing Aids NHS Supplies, North West Division Headquarters - 80 Lightfoot Street Chester CH2 3AD Tel: 01244 586715 Fax: 01244 505050 Customer services and orders Lister Road Runcorn Cheshire WA7 1SW Tel: 01928 858532 Fax: 01928 580053 Scottish Healthcare Supplies Trinity Park House South Trinity Road Edinburgh EH5 3SH Tel: 0131 551 8590 (helpline) Fax: 0131 552 6535 EAR FOUNDATION Marjorie Sherman House 83 Sherwin Road Lenton Nottingham NG7 2FB Tel: 0115 942 1985 Fax: 0115 924 9054 Email: Website: EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF AUDIOLOGY SOCIETIES (EFAS) Contact BSA’s Secretariat for details

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Sponsor members The partnership with Sponsor members of the British Society of Audiology (BSA) is of fundamental importance to the Society. As the largest multidisciplinary society concerned with hearing and balance in the UK, the BSA seeks to include commercial colleagues and organisations in its mission to promote knowledge, research and clinical practice in these areas. Being a Sponsor member places an organisation in close dialogue with senior members of the BSA, supporting meetings and publications. The outworking of this are yearly meetings between the Officers of the BSA and the Sponsor members to share information and perspectives on the strategic direction of the BSA. Sponsor members have direct input to the Programmes Committee, and their input is especially valued in the organisation of meetings and supporting exhibitions, these being a crucial element of successful events. ACOUSTIC METROLOGY LIMITED P.O. Box 94 Middlesbrough Cleveland TS7 8XP Tel: 01642 325382 Fax: 01642 271555 E-mail: Website: ADVANCED BIONICS UK LIMITED Grain House Mill Court Great Shelford Cambridge CB2 5LD Tel: 01223 847888 Fax: 01223 847898 AMPLIVOX LIMITED 29-30 Station Approach Kidlington Oxford OX5 1JD Tel: 01865 842411 Fax: 01865 841853 E-mail: Website: AUDITDATA LIMITED Gainsborough House 59-60 Thames Street Windsor Berkshire SL4 1TX Tel: 08707 345240 Fax: 08708 345241 Email: BIOSENSE MEDICAL LIMITED 10–11 Eckersley Road Chelmsford CM1 1SL Tel: 0845 2266442 Fax: 0845 2263457 E-mail: Website http://www.sales@

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