Audacity Issue 9

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Audacity ...a British Society of Audiology Publication

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elcome to the 9th edition of Audacity and the last to be edited by the current editorial team. In case you

were concerned that you had missed the November Audacity - don’t worry, we have changed the publication dates to fit with the new BSA Conference schedule and Audacity will now appear in February and August. Within this edition, we have the first report from the newly formed Professional Guidance Group that has taken on the responsibilities of the Professional Practice Committee. We wish Donna Corrigan and her team every success in taking care of all the BSA Recommended Procedures and documentation. The quality of its written information is one good reason to be a member of the BSA and to encourage others to join and be ‘one of the 300 project’. Another good reason to be a member of the BSA is

provided advice, support and excellent design-work

the annual conference - this year in Harrogate on the


29th and 30th June. I’m sure that Siobhan Brennan’s preview will whet your appetite and get you submitting those abstracts.

The success of Audacity comes from the articles you submit. We know how busy you are with work commitments and we are very grateful and thank all

Four years ago, when the BSA council asked if I would

those who gave up their time and made the effort to

revamp the old BSA News, I agreed to take it on only

submit an article or write a piece over the past 4 years.

if I was able to get support within my department. I was

We hope we have created a modern publication fit

fortunate that a dynamic group of staff at Manchester

for the BSA. Now it’s time to move on and hand it

Royal Infirmary agreed to join me. I want to say thank

over to Jane Wild and the team from Betsi Cadwaladr

you to them for their hard work, commitment and

University Health Board. We wish Jane and her team

enthusiasm over the years; they are: Rachel Booth,

every success and we look forward to seeing Audacity

Jenny Griffin, Rachel Hopkins, Shahad Howe, Dion

mature and evolve.

Jones, Danny Kearney and Julie Reading. Some have moved on to new pastures away from Manchester

Thank you and Goodbye

but they have continued to be actively involved. I am proud to have been part of such an excellent team. We have also had fabulous support from the design team at Pinpoint Scotland- in particular from Caroline Elder who has calmly managed our late deadlines and

Martin O’Driscoll Editor-in-Chief On behalf of the editorial team E:



Contents meet the editorial team...




Chair’s Message


Conference Catch Up


SIG Segment

Martin O’Driscoll

Liz Midgley

information and updates conferences in audiology Section Editor: Danny Kearney / E:

Martin O’Driscoll E:

information and updates from BSA Special Interest Groups Section Editor: Martin O’Driscoll / E:


Knowledge Learning Practice Impact


Featured Articles

information and updates from the BSA Professional Practice Committee (PPC) and the Learning and Events Group (LEG) Section Editor: Rachel Booth / E:

Rachel Booth E:

expert writing about topical areas in audiology Section Editor: Martin O’Driscoll / E: Rachel Booth / E:


Dion Hutchinson-Jones E:


News from Regional Groups and BSA Members Section Editor: Danny Kearney / E:

Audacity is published by: The British Society of Audiology 80 Brighton Road, Reading, RG6 1PS, UK. E: | W: Design: Pinpoint Scotland Ltd


Jenny Griffin E:



welcome to 30

Audacity ....a British Society of Audiology Publication

Lunch & Learn

a summary of the latest bite size online seminars for you to get your teeth into! Section Editor: Shahad Howe / E:

meet the editorial team...

35 Ear to the Ground

a guide to all things Ear-related in the media‌ Section Editor: Dion Hutchinson-Jones /



Rachel Hopkins E:

Clinical Catch-up

Short articles on relevant clinical topics. Section Editor: Rachel Hopkins / E:

Reach 49 Earfind out about the latest charity and humanitarian work

going on within audiology, both in the UK and abroad, with some opportunities for you to get involved. Section Editor: Jenny Griffin / E:

Shahad Howe E:

52 Essentials Key information for the membership

Section Editor: Danny Kearney / E: Danny Kearney E:

The British Society of Audiology publishes Audacity as a means of communicating information among its members about all aspects of audiology and related topics. Audacity accepts contributions, features and news articles concerning a wide range of clinical and research activities. Articles typically emphasise practical rather than theoretical material. Audacity welcomes announcements, enquiries for information and letters to the editor. Letters may be in response to material in Audacity or may relate to professional issues. Submissions may be subject to editorial review and alteration for clarity and brevity. Please email for further information. Audacity is published in February and August. Contributions should preferably be emailed to: or sent to; The Editor, Audacity, 80 Brighton Road, Reading, RG6 1PS. Views expressed in Audacity 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.



Julie Reading E:

chair’s message


Chair’s Message - January 2017 All change on BSA council (with some familiar faces retained!) At the Annual General Meeting of BSA in September 2016 several people who have worked hard to support the BSA over many years finished their terms of office and on behalf of the council and all the membership of BSA I want to extend a huge thank you to all of them. They are:Huw Cooper as Chair but who returns as Immediate Past Chair Kevin Munro who has now finished his term as Immediate Past Chair but who continues to represent BSA on the International Journal of Audiology (IJA) council Dave Furness who has served as Secretary to BSA for the past 6 years Peter West who is stepping down as an IJA advisor in December at the end of his term Michael Akeroyd, Helen Pryce (who did an enormous amount of work on the National Commissioning Framework on behalf of BSA) and Chris Cartwright have stepped down as trustees. I wish everyone all the very best in your future ventures. Please keep in touch. Also at the AGM the new officers took up their posts and I thank those who have volunteered to steer the BSA through the next few years. You can see our photos in glorious technicolour on the website. Please contact any one of us if you have anything to say about the BSA and particularly if you wish to be involved in our mission in improving the lives of children and adults with balance and hearing problems. The new officers are:Secretary Gareth Smith Treasurer Barry Downes Immediate past chair Huw Cooper Vice chair Ted Killan Chair Liz Midgley We are supported by Laura Turton the Operations Manager, Fitwise, the management company and the rest of the BSA council comprising 16 Trustees and there are also 10 advisors. Together we will take the work of BSA forward by following our four year strategy and action plan and by reacting to issues as they arise.This work is vital if we are to influence clinical practice and facilitate research to keep our members up to date in their continuing professional development and education. We will be holding a Strategy Awayday in Nottingham on 3rd February 2017 to review our current action plan and formulate the next. Watch this space for an update on our plans.

chair’s message

The BSA is a very important organisation and is supported by your membership. There is no other organisation in the UK where all the different professionals involved in the wider field of audiology, both clinical practice and research can come together to share knowledge. Our recommended procedures are used and quoted as best practice worldwide. The benefits of being a member of the BSA are, receiving the International Journal of Audiology and the Audacity magazine; cut price attendance at our Annual Conference and other learning events; being able to join a special interest group to join with others interested in your particular specialism; clinicians and researchers being able to come together to influence each other’s work and practice and influencing worldwide practice by the production of recommended procedures or joining the global outreach Special interest group. Please could all members consider encouraging their colleagues to join the BSA so we have a strong society of committed and engaged members to take our work forward. One of the benefits of being a member of the BSA is to receive the Audacity magazine which for several years has been edited by the team led by Martin O’Driscoll in Manchester. They deserve a huge thank you for all their hard work in producing a very professional, informative and extremely interesting magazine. They will be a hard act to follow but the mantle has been taken up by Jane Wild and her team in North Wales. We thank Jane and her team for agreeing to edit the Audacity magazine and wish them every success. If you feel that you have something to share with members via Audacity please contact Jane. Planning for our Annual Conference to be held in the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on 29th and 30th June 2017 is well advanced. The title is “Audiology and the Greater Good”. The format will be the same as the very successful format trialled at last year’s conference with each special interest group having sessions, dedicated time for poster presentations and a large exhibition. There will also be a celebration (with bubbly!) as the BSA turns 50 later in the year. Please give this conference your top priority; you won’t be disappointed! Don’t forget the generous early bird rate which runs until the beginning of February. I look forward to meeting you all there. I hope that you all have a happy and successful 2017

Best wishes to all. Liz Midgley Chairman

conference catch-up


BSA Conference Preview Siobhán Brennan Chair of BSA Conference Committee E:

The theme of the conference is “Audiology and the Greater Good”

tion. In light of submissions in previous years we are looking forward




abstracts again this year. If you have done work that you would like to present but you

are not sure how, or you have questions, do get in touch as we The BSA Conference this year promises to showcase a wealth of emerging research and clinical practice of interest to a range of professionals. The theme of the conference is “Audiology and the Greater Good”. This theme was selected with the aim of considering Audiology within the context of a person’s life, taking into account other issues that may affect them and the wide range of services that Audiology may need to engage with. For example the “Audiology and the Justice System” session will bring together speakers who have experience working with prisoners and defendants with hearing impairment. This will prompt thinking around how Audiological care can be improved for this population and the far reaching implications this could have, for the client themselves and for society. Additionally on day 1 of the conference the sessions include new and emerging technology, implantable devices, service delivery, professional issues, multidisciplinary working, epidemiology and integrated care.

would love to discuss it. In addition to completed studies we are also very interested in ongoing work or study “in progress” – these studies lead to very interesting discussion and feedback. We will be advertising beyond the Audiology field to aim for a wide range of delegates; we’re keen to engage in lots of multidisciplinary working. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The programme committee consists of Siobhán Brennan, Amanda Hall, Melanie Ferguson, Christian Füllgrabe and David Greenberg. Each of us focused on different areas of the programme. Our meetings have been held remotely which has been easy to arrange through Fitwise using the GoToMeeting platform. Do get in touch if this type of work is something you may be interested in next year. The location of the conference is the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, which was selected in part because of its relatively central location and it also meets our need to host a comprehensive conference. Organising the conference has been exciting, particularly when communicating with engaging speakers. The special interest groups (SIGs) are the focus of day 2. Day 2 also has a session focusing on basic science and the Ted Evans Keynote lecture. The SIG sessions will take a variety of formats including workshops, blunder cases and presentations to highlight their exciting work. Let us know if there is a learning style you prefer. The basic science session this year focuses on translational research relevant to scientists and clinicians alike. The abstract submission deadline is on the 6th of March. We are hoping for submissions on a wide range of topics and there is the opportunity to present orally or via poster presenta-

conference catch-up

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SIG Segment Information and updates from BSA Special Interest Groups

BSA Special Interest Groups

Auditory Processing Disorder Interest Group (APDIG) Pauline Grant, Chair of Auditory Processing Disorders (APDIG) E:

Unfortunately, circumstances got in the way of our Autumn 2016 meeting, but happily all is on track for our next one! We are very sad to report the untimely death of Roshini Alles MS, FRCS, FRCSE, MSc, LRCP, MRCS. Roshini was a much loved and highly valued member of our SIG and we will miss her depth of knowledge, gentle kindness and welcoming smile. In light of rapidly evolving developments, the BSA APD SIG is producing a new Interim Position Statement and Practice Guidance that will update rather than replace our existing 2011 documents. This will be available on the website very soon. Nicci Campbell and Dave Moore have put a huge amount of work into this and there is no doubt that the work of the APD SIG is helping to shape international thinking. I am delighted that APD is now part of the mandatory post-graduate Teacher of the Deaf course at Birmingham University and that I have been invited to deliver a second lecture early in 2017. Thus a new generation of ‘ToDs’ will enter the profession with knowledge of APD, the impli-

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cations for learning and how to help. As a Teacher of the Deaf myself, I have always known that we, as a profession, are well placed to offer advice on managing APD in schools, after all, ‘ToDs’ are already experts in multi-professional working, how children learn and how schools ‘work’. They work in partnership with teachers and families, know about developing listening skills, the effective use of FM, improving listening opportunities and minimising the negative impact a poor listening environment has on learning. Earlier this month I was invited to speak to the BATOD South East Heads of Hearing Impaired Services meeting in Camden to suggest and discuss ways APD can be incorporated within HI services - without detracting from their primary responsibility of supporting deaf children. Our latest leaflet, ‘APD in Children’, which is available to download from the APD pages on the BSA website, plays its part in this and has been particularly welcomed by Teachers of the Deaf and Special Needs Co-ordinators in mainstream schools. At our next meeting, early in 2017, potential new members will join us to talk about what they could offer to enrich our work and, more importantly, see if they like us! Watch this space! My thanks, as ever, to all the hard working APD SIG Members and Advisors: Doris-Eva Bamiou, Nicci Campbell, David Moore, Stuart Rosen, Tony Sirimanna, Dilys Treharne, Kelvin Wakeham and our advisory members, David Canning (Acoustics) and Andrew Strivens (Parent).

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9 Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group (ARIG) Mel Ferguson, Chair of Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group (ARIG) E:

The newly-formed ARIG has met three times (April, June, September) and is making progress in a number of key areas. First of all, the Practice Guidance “Common Principles of Rehabilitation for Adults in Audiology Service” was published in October. This sees a major revision to the previous document published in 2012, now focussing on auditory rehabilitation although the general principles are still relevant to tinnitus and balance. There has been a substantial update in terms of the evidence base from published research studies, as well as significantly revised Outcomes section to highlight aspects that are relevant to commissioners. In addition to the standard BSA consultation process, the document was also reviewed by international opinion leaders in the field, who were strongly supportive of this document, and keen to spread the news about it within their own organisations (e.g. ASHA). In September, alongside the PAIG group at De Montfort University, we ran a successful meeting titled “Complex matter; going beyond the routine”. There were excellent presentations on clinical and practical issues on working with people with learning disabilities, dementia, dual sensory impairment and severe-profound hearing loss as well as an update on super-powered hearing aids. Interactive case studies then supported the earlier talks. See the full review in a separate article in this edition of Audacity –thanks to Laura Turton, Lynzee McShea, Sarah Bent, Donna Corrigan, Judith Bird and Keith Stiff. The feedback was excellent, although it was a pity there weren’t more attendees to benefit from areas that are likely to become more prominent in audiology over the coming years. As part of the meeting there were around 20 posters on good practice, some of which will form the core of one of our two new pieces of work, the development of a practical “What Works” that is a companion to the more theoretical practice guidance. We will seek and compile examples of best practice and service innovations, supported where possible with an evidence base, which will be hosted on a website supported by Oticon. The aim is to inspire audiologists and to help facilitate new

innovations into wider clinical practice.The second, will be to identify a toolkit of outcome and assessment measures for services - a what, why, how, when and for whom. Finally, the REM Practice Guidance has just gone through the first round of consultations, and will be published around spring time. Running parallel and crossing over with the ARIG work, there are lots of other national initiatives. For example, the development of the NICE Guidance on Adult Onset Hearing Loss and the Action Plan on Hearing Loss groups delivering on research, living well, prevention and other areas. In 2017, I am looking forward to working with a great group of people to implement some useful initiatives that will enhance adult rehabilitation and the hearing healthcare for people with hearing loss.

Cognition in Hearing Interest Group (CHIG) Piers Dawes, Chair of Cognition in Hearing (CHIG) E:

The aim of the special interest group for cognition in hearing is to promote research in and raise awareness of new developments on cognitive issues in hearing science, assessment and intervention. Development of assessment and treatment guidelines for adults with learning disabilities (Siobhan Brennan) and adults with dementia (Sarah Bent). Reviews of the evidence base have been completed and first drafts of BSA guidelines have been drafted, following excellent work by the learning disabilities and dementia working groups.

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10 Piers Dawes promoted the development of the BSA dementia guidelines at the IHCON conference in California, the B-Audio meeting in Antwerp and the Audiology Australia conference in Melbourne. Siobhan Brennan liaised with the European Federation of Audiological Societies working group on learning disabilities. EFAS carried out a survey of current audiological practice in relation to adults with learning disabilities in Europe. EFAS identified sparse and inconsistent practice across Europe, with an urgent need for guidance on best practice. EFAS is therefore very keen to promote the BSA learning disability guidelines, once they are published in 2017. The forthcoming BSA guidelines for adults with learning disabilities and adults with dementia are eagerly awaited world-wide! BSA Conference; Majestic Hotel, Harrogate 29-30 June 2017. The SIG for cognition in hearing will have a 90 minutes session on morning the second day of the conference.The morning will focus on the forthcoming BSA guidelines for learning disabilities and dementia, with an overview of the development, the evidence base and interactive discussion and consultation on the new draft guidelines. Don’t miss it! If you would like to join the SIG and be added to the mailing list, or suggest an activity for the SIG, please feel free to email me

Electro-physiology Interest Group (EPIG) Siobhan Brennan, Chair of Electro-physiology (EPIG) E:

Making the most of the expertise within the electrophysiology SIG we are planning webinars for the BSA website around electrophysiological techniques – including electrode application, techniques for reducing interference and many more. We would love to hear suggestions for webinars you would find useful.

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Work continues at a pace to update and develop electrophysiology guidance for practitioners. This work includes: • ASSR Guidance A working group led by Tim Wilding at the University of Manchester has been formed and the ASSR guidance which is currently in draft format is to be developed into a Recommended Procedure. If you would like to be involved in the development of this document or have a view as to its scope do get in touch. • OAE Guidance Work continues on this document and it is hoped that it will be available to BSA membership for consultation by the BSA conference in June 2017. • Peer Review Document At the time of writing the revised peer review position statement is currently with PPG and will then be available to BSA membership for consultation in early 2017. We anticipate and look forward to a wide range of feedback around this document. • ABR in Older Children and Adults At the time of writing the ABR in Older Children document has been submitted for BSA membership consultation. The EP SIG is also looking forward to the BSA annual conference in June 2017 during which we will hear about the latest developments in both research and clinical implementation of electrophysiological techniques. If you have any thoughts on documents or training regarding auditory electrophysiology you would like to see the BSA SIG provide in the future do let us know at

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11 Paediatric Audiology Interest Group (PAIG)

Balance Interest Group (BIG) Katy Morgan, Chair of Balance (BIG)

Lauren Mumford, Chair of Paediatric Audiology (PAIG)

It has been a busy few months for the Paediatric Audiology Interest Group. PAIG have a new Facebook Group. We encourage you to join us and visit the page regularly to find updates and the latest information from the group. This group is an excellent forum to get involved with interesting topics and discussions and to connect with other members who have an interest in Paediatric Audiology. We have also been busy updating our documents ‘Behavioural Observation Audiometry a recommended test protocol’ and the ‘Recommended Procedure for Distraction test of Hearing’. The group has carried out an update of evidence to support these documents and they will be published on the BSA website very shortly for consultation. If you have any thoughts or feedback on the updated British Society of Audiology guidelines once these have been published in 2017, please KNOWLEDGE | LEARNING | PRACTICE | IMPACT do get in touch. The group are busy organising the PAIG section for the annual conference in June. Please keep an eye on BSA British of speakers Audiology media to seeSociety upcoming and abstracts for this KNOWLEDGE | LEARNING PRACTICE |to IMPACT exciting event. We look |forward seeing you there.

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Our website allows for online registration for new members and renewal of membership for current members.

Since the last update, the team has been raising its profile on social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter.The Balance Interest Group organised its successful 2016 Conference, at the Ear Institute in September – see conference report in this issues of Audacity. The Conference was fascinating and had an enjoyable variety: we were lucky to have guest speakers covering topics including (but not only): physiotherapy, biomechanics, Meniere’s self-management, online tools, and mindfulness in chronic dizziness. The group has been busy on writing and reviewing Recommended Procedures (RPs). Following the finalised procedure for ‘Vestibular assessment – eye movement recordings’, we have also launched the Recommended Procedures for Positional Tests. This should hopefully be available for online access in the very near future. We are currently in the process of writing a document on ocular VEMPs. The Calorics RP is undergoing review. The team has been commenting on the recent NICE falls consultation, and preparing articles for Audacity on service provision. More information about our Special Interest Groups and its members is available on the BSA website. Some of the key elements of the new website are: • The BSA Chairman’s message • Online access to electronic versions of BSA publications • Easy and free access to BSA Policies and Procedures

You can Facebook and Tweet us – or reach us in more traditional ways.

• Easy access to our very popular recorded Lunch & Learn and Lightning Updates

We are there for you – on your ipad, notebook or computer, in a format that is quick and easy to access.

• Information about conferences and events

• Direct access and updates on the work of the BSA Special Interest Groups • Information about global outreach projects • Job adverts and information and links to organisations.

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Knowledge Learning Practice Impact Professional Guidance Group Donna Corrigan Chair, PGG

been achieved so far in 2016 and what you can expect in the near future…….


With a total of 34 documents we began by reviewing and prioritising which ones required attention first, thanks in particular to Laura for all her organisational skills in this task and producing a great spreadsheet to keep us on track! As one of the most popular and internationally respected resources offered by the BSA it is crucial that the information we offer is kept up to date and accurate. It is for this reason that we started with those documents that were past their date of review, and, as there were a number that had in fact passed this point we have spread the workload. The PGG have tackled some of these documents ourselves such as the recommended procedures for Ear Examination and Tuning fork tests: Rinne and Weber, as well as three minimum training guidelines which have all been published on the website. At the same time we have sought the expertise of the relevant Special Interest Group (SIG) to review and update other documents. These include: the Balance Interest Group (BIG) and their review of the recommended procedures for Vestibular Assessment – Eye movement recordings, and, Hallpike Manoeuvre, updating and producing the new recommended procedure called Positioning Tests. Electrophysiology SIG (EPSIG) have completed their review of the recommended procedure for Cortical Auditory Evoked Potential (CAEP) Testing while the Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group (ARIG) has completed their review of Adult Rehabilitation – Common Principles in Audiology Services. I would like to express our sincere thanks to all those participating in the BSA SIG’s, without your experience and continued input we would not be able to maintain such an important audiological resource.

Q. Who manages the recommended procedures & publications on behalf of the BSA? A. The Professional Guidance Group (PGG) It is with great pleasure that I introduce our newly re-formed PGG, who together take care of all the BSA recommended procedures and publications.Through the Winter of 2015/16 the group formerly known as the PPC was restructured so that both ‘documentation’ and ‘learning events’ could work more effectively for the BSA and its members. As a result some people moved away from the PGG to fulfil alternative roles or focus their attention elsewhere. Consequently I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the PPC over the past few years, particularly Graham Frost, the former Chair of the Professional Practice Committee. When the PGG initially got underway this year we looked to expand our expertise and recruit new members (there is much to do!). Thus, I am delighted to confirm that besides me as chair, the current members of the PGG are: Sam Batty (Vice Chair) Laura Turton Barry Downs Jay Jindal Robert Rendell Stephanie Griffiths Imran Mulla A huge thank you to everyone on this list for all your hard work this year. While to membership it might seem that not much has happened, let me reassure you, it’s a bit like the analogy of a swan, it’s all serene on top of the water but under the surface the legs are paddling at speed! So here is what has

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All of our documents have also been subjected to new branding this year, making them look and feel more up to date and professional. The webpage where all of these can be found ( has also had a makeover to improve usability and provide clear information about each document, but as you will see if you take a look there is still more to do, the PGG, SIG’s and other authors are still currently working on a total 22 documents. One particular document review that I know is eagerly awaited by many across the country is the guidance on the use of Real ear measurement to verify the fitting of digital signal

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13 processing hearing aids of 2008. At the time of writing this, the new version is out for consultation on the BSA website and I have many to thank for their input in getting it to this stage, however a special thanks to Jay Jindal and Ann-Marie Hawkins who have led the review and written much of the content. But, if having a brand new REM document isn’t enough for you, we are extremely excited to announce that to support its launch we will also be providing the first of a series of video tutorials, so please do keep checking the website and BSA bulletins for further announcements. Additionally a review of Pure tone air and bone conduction threshold audiometry with and without masking of 2011 is also well underway, where amendments include a minor change to hearing loss descriptors and attempts to improve the wording around the procedure for

masking due to feedback we have received – which isn’t as easy as it sounds! Alongside reviewing existing documentation we have also had the pleasure of coordinating new ones too. This process generally starts by either an enthusiastic membership enquiry or request from an equally enthusiastic SIG. Any person responsible for creating a new document is asked to complete an application to the PGG outlining their intentions. The PGG will then review the application, considering if the document is required and if the proposed author is the best person to write it, and either agree or reject the proposal. At the moment there are 4 brand new documents in creation including guidance for wax removal and guidance for the audiological management of people with dementia.

Learning and Events Group Update Siobhan Brennan Chair, Learning and Events Group E:

This year the Learning and Events group have been considering the changing professional development requirements of BSA members. To this end in 2017 many more events hosted by the BSA will be online. Events of this type have many advantages not least of which is less travelling required by attendees, saving both time and money. This option however is not without down-sides. Online events present fewer opportunities for discussion between delegates and there is more potential for a delegate to be interrupted if accessing the event at their desk! There will also be hybrid events consisting of pre-attendance resources being made available online followed by a face-to-face event building on the pre-event work. The effectiveness of these events will be monitored closely. We would like to hear your views on these formats. A student working group is being formed to discuss their input to the BSA and student work across disciplines. Like so many professions the need for effective multidisciplinary working is essential in Audiology and the aim is for this working group to consist of BSA members who are not only studying Audiology, but also student medics, student Teachers of the Deaf. Looking ahead to the BSA Annual Conference on the

29th-30th June 2017 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate it promises to be an exciting event including both interesting current work and presentation of future developments. Sessions include Latest Technology, Implantable Devices and Integrated Care. Highlights also include “Forensic Audiology”, “Experiences of prisoners with hearing impairment”, “Balance problems from a neurological perspective” and many, many more. The planning of the E conference 2017 continues. This format allows us to reach out to speakers based anywhere in the world. If there are specific speakers that you would like to hear from let us know. The E platform will allow discussion sessions with the speakers and other delegates following each presentation. If you have any thoughts on events or training you would like to see from the BSA in the future do let us know at

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A new hearing aid fitting concept from Sivantos Sivantos recently introduced Sprint, a new innovation for NHS audiology services based on the principle of instant fit. Sprint comprises of highly sophisticated hearing aids which deliver a wonderful sound for patients which are fitted within a new patient pathway. Sprint is evidence based and a soon to be published 120 patient radonised blind controlled study will highlight that using Sprint improves department productivity by reducing hearing aid fitting times with patients who have a mild to moderate age related hearing loss, whilst maintaining both high patient satisfaction and overall excellent patient outcomes. Sprint was part of a study lead by Professor Adrian Davis which assessed the fitting of a new hearing aid to new hearing aid users with mild to moderate age related hearing loss, with the aim of measuring the benefit of using pre-set fitting configuations with hearing aids that also benefit from selflearning characteristics. A Rob Ryman talk at BAA was supported by Aman Kaur a senior audiologist from Charing Cross Hospital - London, one of the two sites who supported the Adrian Davis trail. Aman talked about her experiences with this study, and the journey she went on which included the changing of mind-set, the innovative pathway and the acceptance of the Sprint hearing aids by both audiologists and patients. She highlighted the very positive results that the study delivered, with patients expressing satisfaction with the

Rob and Aman presenting at BAA Glasgow

out-come and audiologists being happy with the efficacy of the process. In a separate presentation, Dr. Jagjit Sethi (immediate past President of BAA), who lead the “Screen and Fit” clinical trial from King Edward VII Hospital - Windsor, presented study findings and how ‘Screen and Fit value pathway could provide high value in identifying and supporting people with hearing loss earlier’. Dr Sethi highlighted the need for maximising use of new technologies and how how team readiness for change was developed locally as part of this trial.

For more information about Sprint and how Sprint can benefit your Audiology Service, please contact Sarah Banks on 01293 423703 who will arrange for your audiologist to call you.

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Hear and Now: Impact of the Genomics England

100,000 Genomes Project for the Hearing Impaired and for the Auditory Clinical and Research Communities Introduction


*Jun Shen, Ph.D., FACMG Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Harvard Medical School Center for Hereditary Deafness, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Partners Personalized Medicine, Partners HealthCare System, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. E:

*Cynthia C. Morton, Ph.D, FFACMG Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Harvard Medical School Center for Hereditary Deafness, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA. Division of Evolution and Genomic Science, School of Biological Sciences, Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester, UK. E:, * Corresponding authors

In December 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron launched the ambitious 100,000 Genomes Project (https:// -genomes-project/). On 5th July 2013, the 65th birthday of the National Health Service (NHS), Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, announced the establishment of Genomics England, the company that runs the 100,000 Genomes Project. This government funded and

operated grand-scale research project aims to identify the causes of cancer, rare diseases, and infectious diseases, and to improve health care through sequencing the complete content of DNA of an individual, the genetic makeup known as the genome, for up to 100,000 people in the UK. Individuals enrolled in the 100,000 Genomes Project are patients with cancers and rare diseases and their family members who have not yet received a conclusive molecular diagnosis of the aetiology. By comparing genomes of affected and unaffected individuals, or of cancerous and normal tissues in the same individual in cases of cancer patients, and by statistically analyzing the large number of samples included in the project, it has promised to yield exciting findings that will guide the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Opportunities offered to the domain of hearing

The 100,000 Genomes Project targets three focus areas: rare diseases, infectious diseases, and cancers, because genetic changes to the DNA are often involved in their cause. The definition of a rare

disease varies in different countries and regions around the world. In the UK, a rare disease is one that affects less than 1 in 2,000 individuals in the general population. Although collectively hearing impairment is quite common and does not meet the definition of a rare disease, there are hundreds of different types of hearing loss with distinct aetiologies. Each type of hearing loss may present unique features either affecting extra-auditory organ systems as in syndromic hearing loss, or exhibiting distinctive tonotopical and temporal audiology profiles. Therefore, individuals with hearing impairments are eligible for enrollment in the 100,000 Genomes Project. Other than neurofibromatosis type II, hearing loss is generally not associated with a tumor of unknown molecular aetiology. However, cancer chemotherapy drugs, such as cisplatin and carboplatin, are known to cause ototoxicity. Similarly, some antibiotics used in treating patients with infectious diseases are also ototoxic. Therefore, drug induced hearing loss could be expected to be more prevalent in patients with cancer and infectious diseases in the 100,000 Genomes Project than in the general population. Taken together, the 100,000 Genomes Project will provide significant insights into the genetic causes of rare forms of hereditary hearing loss and genetic susceptibilities to ototoxicity. Findings will benefit patients, audiology professionals and researchers.

Benefits to patients with hearing loss

Currently only a third of patients with hearing loss will receive a conclusive molecular diagnosis after having the most comprehensive genetic tests for known hearing loss genes. There are three types of missed diagnoses. First, genetic changes may be detected by current tests, but it

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16 remains uncertain as to their clinical significance due to a lack of data as the frequency of a similar genetic finding in individuals with normal hearing is unknown. Second, current tests for known hearing loss genes mainly cover genomic sequences that encode proteins. Causal genetic changes occurring in “padding” sequences, known as non-coding regions of the genome, may remain undetected as they do not directly encode protein but regulate how the genomic DNA is transcribed into RNA, which is in turn translated into protein. Third, there are certainly new genes for hearing loss yet to be discovered. The 100,000 Genomes Project will illuminate each of these areas (Table 1). With large genomic sequencing data from both individuals affected with hearing loss and with normal hearing (including unaffected family members and other individuals enrolled in the 100,000 Genomes Project for other diseases), our ability to determine the pathogenicity of a genetic change will be greatly enhanced. The whole genome sequencing approach by the 100,000 Genomes Project will cover non-coding regions and regulatory elements in known hearing loss genes and detect chromosomal structural abnormalities, as well as genes previously unknown to cause hearing loss. It is reasonable to expect that not only will a much higher proportion of patients in the 100,000 Genomes Project receive conclusive genetic diagnoses, but that the knowledge generated will also solve even more cases around the world.

Benefits to researchers in the auditory field

The 100,000 Genomes Project also offers researchers and clinicians an opportunity to work together to analyze data and make new discoveries. Any qualified individual can apply to become a member of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP). GeCIP operates in domains including the Hearing and Sight Domain with the Hearing subdomain led by Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London. The

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Table 1. 100,000 Genomes Project will improve molecular diagnosis for patients with hearing loss Category

Current genetic testing for hearing loss

100,000 Genomes Project


• Inability to interpret identified genetic changes due lack of data

• Large samples size both with hearing loss and with normal hearing • Familial segregation information available


• Only coding regions and splice sites included

• Non-coding regions and regulatory elements covered • Copy number variation and structural abnormalities detected


• Limited to known hearing loss genes

• Able to identify new genes

Hearing and Sight Domain welcomes individuals ( tnership-applications-open/) from both clinics and academic institutions and includes NHS clinical disease experts, healthcare professionals, and trainees, as well as international collaborators. The massive amount of whole genome sequencing data together with carefully curated clinical information from medical records will empower new research activities. For example, innovative computational and analytical algorithms are being developed to interrogate the data; novel genes for hearing loss will be discovered, large scale genome-wide association studies on susceptibilities to drug ototoxicity will be empowered, previously unknown molecular mechanisms and pathways of distinct types of hearing loss will be elucidated, and new drugs and ideas for therapeutic treatments may follow.

Benefits to audiology professionals

While the 100,000 Genomes Project is a research program, it will dramatically impact the whole of audiological clinical

practice. It is an exciting time for audiology professionals to understand genomics and to integrate genetic findings in patient care. Doubtless, many questions remain to be answered. Will specific types of hearing loss be differentiated based on the genomic information and audiology findings? Which genetic test should a patient undergo? What kind of management plan will yield the most optimal outcome, given an individual’s genomic information? How will individuals’ personal genomic information impact their response to various types of treatment? British audiology professionals sit at the forefront to revolutionize the future way patients with hearing loss will be treated. To get involved they can actively participate in genomics education programs, recruit patients into the 100,000 Genomes Project, join the Hearing subdomain of GeCIP, nominate a specific type of hearing loss as a rare disease, and begin to translate genomic information into professional practice.


The 100,000 Genomes Project will transform health care service in the UK and around the world. It is a huge groundbreaking undertaking of the NHS. However, the wealth generated by the effort in terms of knowledge and new ways of treating and preventing diseases will be priceless. Audiology professionals are in an enviable position with this golden opportunity to embrace the tidal wave of genomic information.

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Recording Electrically-evoked Auditory Cortical Responses (EACR) in CI recipients CD


Andy J Beynon, PhD, MSc, MA Head Audio-Vestibular EP Lab, E.N.T. Dept, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Clinical Scientist / Ass. Professor, ‘Hearing & Implants’, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Neuroscience, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Corresponding address: Radboud University Medical Centre, E.N.T. Dept. Audio-Vestibular EP Lab P. van Leijdenlaan 15, 6525 EX, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. T. +31 31 24 3614965 E.

Take home message Taking into account a few prerequisites, objective electrophysiological assessment in CI patients is similar to conventional acoustic assessment, since electrical stimulus artifacts play, especially compared to peripheral responses, an inferior role in cortical recordings.

For many decades, objective electrophysiological measurements have been part of the auditory assessment in patients with hearing disorders. In the ‘70s, recording of auditory cortical responses (ACRs) was used to assess hearing thresholds, but thanks to the development of computers in the ‘80s, the popularity of the auditory brainstem responses (ABR) increased as averaging the ABRs became relatively easy. In contrast to cortical evoked responses, brainstem recordings do not require active attention of the hearing impaired subject, thus being a perfect objective clinical tool to determine hearing thresholds (sound detection) in ‘difficult-to-test’ patients (e.g. children, those with complex additional needs and malingerers), even under anaesthesia.

tro-cochleography) or brainstem (ABR), later latency potentials can be used to assess auditory cortical discrimination (e.g. cognitive P300, Mismatch Negativity) or detection of changes in tonal and/ or speech stimuli (e.g. Acoustic Change Complex, ACC). Nevertheless, one should be aware that ACR recordings implicitly require active attention, significantly improving the neural response quality. Electrophysiological assessment is also of importance for cochlear implant (CI) recipients. Objective measurements to assess or even to predict optimal neural auditory processing in these patients are still of clinical and research interest because they improve our insight in neural processing induced by electrical stimulation. By using sound field setups or more sophisticated customized research setups, electrically-evoked auditory cortical responses (EACR) are within reach.

In the last decade however, cortical responses have gained interest again as the gap between audiology and other auditory related sciences, such as neuro-cognitive science, auditory translational research and psychophysiology becomes smaller. Besides, central auditory pathologies nowadays require more additional information from evoked responses originating from beyond the level of the brainstem.

Recording acousticallyor electrically-evoked responses in CI recipients: what is the difference?

In contrast to peripheral brainstem responses, auditory cortical responses (ACR) reflect auditory processing that covers our complete auditory neural pathway up to the primary auditory cortex. Besides determining auditory thresholds, cortical potentials are also very useful to gain insight in exogenous discrimination at the cortical level, neural plasticity and (endogenous) top-down processing (Cone-Wesson et al, 2003). Therefore, in contrast to exogenous peripheral evoked potentials at the level of the cochlea (elec-

With electrically-evoked EPs, two options are possible: direct intracochlear stimu-

Generally, these responses are quite similar. The main difference is the way stimuli are presented to the subject. Acoustically, stimuli are usually generated by the evoked potential (EP) device itself, and sent to a headphone, a loudspeaker in the sound field, or the audio-input of the hearing prosthesis. Simultaneously, a 5V TTL pulse is internally sent to trigger the EP system to start capturing all patient EP data for further recording, averaging and analysis.

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18 lation of electrodes or indirect sound field stimulation using the speech coding strategy (MAP) that is programmed in the speech processor, followed by intracochlear stimulation. With direct intracochlear stimulation, an external electrical stimulator (usually the CI manufacturer’s hard/software) generates the electrical stimulus, typically a biphasic pulse or pulse train, that is directly sent via the speech processor to the implant, bypassing the recipients’ speech processor MAP. With indirect stimulation, an acoustical stimulus is sent to the speech processor via a loudspeaker in the sound field or the audio input of the speech processor, using the recipients’ personal MAP. In both conditions, the speech processor is used to activate one or more specific electrode sites of the implanted intracochlear array, but the advantage of indirect stimulation enables the use of other stimuli than biphasic pulses, such as speech stimuli, processed through the MAP. A setup for a simple single channel recording is shown in Figure 1. However, with respect to electrical stimulation and data acquisition, a few points of interest should be taken into account. First, your EP device should be able to accept an external trigger pulse from the CI stimulating hard/software, so that data averaging is perfectly time-locked with the stimuli that are presented by the CI stimulator. This might require a trigger cable that connects the CI stimulator with the EP device, requiring a machine-specific connector (e.g. mini-jack, BNC connector), that can be home-made or that is sometimes supplied by the specific EP manufacturer. Regarding the EP acquisition, cochlear implant devices can induce huge electrical artifacts in the evoked response. One should distinguish two types: 1) the ‘power-up’ artefact and 2) the actual electrical stimulus artefact. The first one is caused by small packages of energy, typically presented sub-threshold, and are continuously sent to the implant to ‘power up’ the implanted stimulator: it is this energy that is needed to keep the implant working, i.e. delivering sufficient electrical charge to stimulate the auditory nerve.These ‘power ups’ are usually recognized as low amplitude periodic ‘spikes’ in the running EEG

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Figure 1: Example of a simple single-channel recording setup: direct versus indirect stimulation

and can be temporarily switched off in most CI systems during time of recording (‘RF free period’).The second artifact is the actual ‘stimulus artefact’, due to the highrate carrier RF (radio-frequency) signal that is responsible for communication between external sender and internal receiver of the CI for actual sounds. Hence, this artefact usually has exactly the same duration as the electrical stimulus that is delivered, i.e. the length of the biphasic pulse train or speech that is streamed. It is this ‘ringing’ of the artefact that can significantly interfere with the actual auditory neural evoked response, making interpretation of the peak of interest rather difficult. Both types of unwanted artifacts are captured by the EEG surface electrodes, placed on the scalp, picking up RF activity in the area of external coil and subcutaneous implant. Nevertheless, it is possible to manage these interferences: either realtime by e.g. using shorter stimuli than the latency of the peak of interest or off-line by using post hoc statistical computational techniques, such as independent component analysis to discern artifacts from the real morphology of the auditory response (Gilley et al, 2006), the latter requiring multi-channel electrode recordings. However, a very simple and practical way to avoid any interference is to use stimuli with a duration that is shorter than the

latency of the peak of interest (Beynon, 2015). Although an event-related evoked potential is the result of a stimulus onset, any stimulus change (hence, also the offset of a stimulus) could evoke a response. For this reason, when (e.g.) the cortical N1 is our target potential, it might be an option to use a stimulus with a maximum length of e.g. 80 ms, to avoid any off-set response activity that could interfere in time window of the potential of interest (here: N1 around 100 ms post-stimulus). After all, we are mainly searching for reproducible neural synchrony! An alternative way could be to do the opposite by using a very long stimulus that exceeds the area of interest, e.g. a stimulation length of 500 ms when N1 is the area of interest: the offset response would be far beyond 100 ms. Nevertheless, in clinical practice, EEG of CI recipients might still be very noisy. In most cases, it is, however trivial, caused by just simple factors, such as internal physiological noise (EEG, ECG, EMG, EOG), external electric-induced (EF, wire length, loops, impedance mismatch) and magnetic-induced (magnetic field, RF, mains). Especially in CI recipients, signal disturbance is often caused by (too) close distance of one of the EEG recording cables and the stimulating cable of the CI processor. Simply re-positioning the wires responsible for stimulation (i.e. keep sufficient distance from recording electrodes/cables) or just

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19 twisting the recording cables is usually adequate to cancel out all interference, resulting in clean auditory responses.

Examples of clinical application: which evoked potentials might be clinically useful?

In contrast to short latency responses, such as the compound action potentials (CAP) or ABR, cortical responses are, taken into account the previous points of attention, relatively less sensitive for stimulus artifacts. After all, neural processing takes place in (sub)cortical brain areas, so the temporal region of interest is fortunately far away from the site of stimulation (see Figure 2). The most simple application of cortical slow vertex potential (SVP) recordings is to assess electrical auditory thresholds, i.e. signal detection, even in young children (Wunderlich et al., 2006). After all, cortical responses cover the complete auditory pathway, have significantly better correlations with behavioural responses compared to ECAP- or brainstem thresholds - and have already proven their clinical value (e.g. Lightfoot et al., 2006). An example of determining the auditory threshold is shown in Figure 3.

Figure 2. External input via CI leads to electro-neural transfer, followed by 4 stages of auditory processing, i.e. detection, discrimination, identification and (linguistic) interpretation, acquired with corresponding auditory evoked potentials.

Figure 3. Determining auditory threshold for a single electrode using EACRs (stimulus: 100 ms pulse train; 25 us pulse width; 500 pps; 1.1 Hz repetition rate; 0.1 Hz - 30 Hz BP filtering)

Figure 4: EACC responses by stimulating apical electrode e21 for 600 ms (blue curve: only obligatory SVP) in contrast to a stimulus of 600 ms that halfway (after 300 ms) suddenly stimulates another electrode site (other curves: obligatory SVP, followed by a second smaller response (EACC) that appears exactly 300 ms later for different electrode sites). The presence of the EACC clearly show a detection of different electrode stimulation (Beynon et al., 2010)

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20 Another more advanced goal could be to use the same SVP to assess detection of acoustical (or electrical) changes within the stimulus, also known as the Acoustic Change Complex (Ostroff et al., 1998): as a result of the change within the stimulus, another second SVP will appear with later latency in the EEG, indicating the detection of the stimulus change that took place. In CI recipients, the EACC can be used to assess perceptual changes of e.g. different stimulation rates, amplitude (loudness) or frequency changes by stimulation of different electrodes. An example of the latter is shown in Figure 4. Another cortical EPs that is easy to obtain is the endogenous P300 (or P3b) potential to assess discrimination of tonal or speech contrasts (e.g. Beynon et al, 2005). To obtain the typical positive peak around 300 ms, active attention of the subject is required. Like the Mismatch Negativity (MMN), a so-called ‘odd-ball’ stimulation paradigm is applied to elicit the target response: discrimination of sound contrast is assessed by random presentation of a few ‘deviant’ stimuli among many ‘standard’ stimuli (e.g. 15%-85%), in which - in case of discrimination – only these deviant stimuli will evoke a P300 while responses to the standard stimuli only evoke the SVP detection component. However, nowadays even linguistic processing and interpretation are within reach for many CI recipients, since most (postlingual) CI recipients are able to reach open-set speech recognition scores of 80% or more. For these cortical linguistic responses (e.g. N400 or P600 potentials), the most simple setup is to present the time-locked stimuli in the sound field, using a second computer to generate the speech tokens. Moreover, these indirect sound field presentations reflect realistic situations and do not require any sophisticated software programming that would be necessary when speech stimuli are directly streamed through the implant, the lat-

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“Electricallyevoked cortical potentials are easy to obtain”

ter often requiring dedicated research software. Another advantage of indirect sound field stimulation is that all pre- and post-processing of the CI processor are included as it is in the daily life situation of the CI recipient. Recently, a challenging setup was described to assess bimodal recipients (ipsilateral CI, contralateral hearing aid) in order to assess binaural integration of electro-acoustical information (van Yper et al, 2015). Auditory evoked potentials were obtained in unilateral and in (simultaneous) bimodal conditions: preliminary data suggest that these recordings may be very helpful to counsel CI recipients in using their conventional contralateral hearing aid.


With straight-forward clinical EEG hardware, it is relatively easy to perform electrophysiological cortical research in CI recipients. When EEG hardware requirements and electrical stimulus artifacts are taken into account, EACRs are helpful to determine auditory electrical thresholds of CI recipients via direct or indirect stimulation. Besides determining threshold, cortical evoked potentials are also useful to evaluate the perception of stimulus changes or discrimination of sounds and speech signals.

References – Beynon A.J., Snik A.F.M., Stegeman D.F. & Van den Broek P. (2005) Discrimination of speech sound contrasts determined with behavioural tests and event-related potentials in cochlear implant users. J Am Acad Audiol, 16: 42-53. – Beynon AJ, Keck T & Snik AFM (2010) Detection of electrical stimulus changes in the EEG: the Electrically-evoked Acoustic Change Complex. Presentation at 11th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, June 30th - July 3rd, Stockholm, Sweden. – Beynon A.J. (2015) Different Clinical Setups to obtain Electrically-evoked Auditory Cortical Responses: a clinical guideline. XXIVth Biennial Symposium of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG), May 10-14, Busan, Korea. – Cone-Wesson B. & Wunderlich J. (2003) Auditory evoked potentials from the cortex: audiology applications. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, 11: 372-377. – Gilley, P. M., Sharma, A., Dorman, M., Finley, C. C., Panch, A. S. & Martin K. (2006) Minimization of cochlear implant stimulus artifact in cortical auditory evoked potentials. Clinical Neurophysiology, 117(8): 1772-1782. – Lightfoot G. & Kennedy V. (2006) Cortical electric response audiometry hearing threshold estimation: accuracy, speed and the effects of stimulus presentation features. Ear & Hearing, 27: 443-456. – Ostroff J.M. Martin B.A. & Boothroyd A. (1998) Cortical Evoked Response To Acoustic Change Within A Syllable. Ear & Hearing, 19(4): 290-297. – Polich (2007) Updating P300: an integrating theory of P3a and P3b. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118: 2128-2148. – Van Yper L.N., Vermeire K., Dhooge I.J.M., De Vel E.F.J. & Beynon A.J. (2015) Bimodal processing with AEP recordings. Part 1: Evidence from the cognitive P300 auditory event-related potential. Presentation at 9th International Conference on Objective Measures in Auditory Implants, Szeged, Hungary. – Wunderlich J & Cone-Wesson B (2006) Maturation of CAEP in infants and children. Hearing Research 12: 212-223.

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Newborn Hearing Screening in England: the first 10 years CD

Sally A Wood Clinical Advisor, NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP), Public Health England, London, UK. E.

Take home message The newborn hearing screening programme is successful. A key component of its success lies in achieving early entry into high quality audiology follow up for babies that refer on the screen. This requires a high level of expertise and commitment from paediatric audiology teams-what happens at these assessments can affect the rest of a child’s life.

Newborn Hearing Screening has been fully implemented in England for the last 10 years and all babies are now routinely offered the screen. Separate programmes cover Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The aim is to screen babies within the first few weeks of life and to identify those with the target condition and commence appropriate intervention by 6 months of age. The target condition is moderate, severe or profound bilateral permanent childhood hearing loss (PCHL) i.e. 40 dB or more based on the average threshold (in dB HL) over the frequencies 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 kHz for the better hearing ear. This article summarizes progress to date and identifies the next set of challenges.

Why do we need a screening programme?

Newborn hearing screening is now considered to be standard of care in most of the developed world. The evidence base for the programme is summarized in Davis et al (1997).The benefits of early identification and intervention are known (Yoshinago-Itano et al (2003), Kennedy et al (2006), Pimperton et al (2014)). Parents and professionals are not good at identifying hearing loss in newborns and infants and without newborn screening, identification before 6 months of age is rare. Let us not forget that typically before the introduction of NHSP the median age at confirmation of PCHL was 18.1 months (Fortnum & Davis, 1997) and this was similar in most western developed countries.

tocols and pathways are available at https:// newborn-hearing-screening-care-pathways. Well babies follow a two-technology protocol; the first stage is a transient automated otoacoustic emission (AOAE) screen, with a maximum of two attempts, followed by an automated auditory brainstem response (AABR) screen if required. A pass in both ears using AOAE, or a pass in both ears on AABR constitutes an overall screen pass. Babies cared for in NICU or SCBU for more than 48 hours undergo an otoacoustic emission (AOAE) screen and an automated auditory brainstem response (AABR). Babies that fail the AABR screen in one or both ears are considered to be screen referrals and are referred for audiological assessment. These protocols will detect auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) as target cases in the NICU population but not in the well-baby population. Babies with microtia/atresia in one or both ears and babies that recover from neonatal meningitis are considered to be automatic screen referrals. They do not undergo screening tests as they have unequivocal evidence of hearing loss (in the case of microtia/atresia) or a very high risk of hearing loss (neonatal meningitis) but are referred directly for audiological assessment. The majority of NHS screening programmes operate a hospital based programme; babies are screened by dedicated hearing screeners in hospital before discharge or in outpatient screening clinics for those babies that do not complete screening before discharge. A minority operate a community-based model; well

How do we do it screening protocols

Screening is carried out using standard techniques and protocols that have been developed for use within NHSP. The screening equipment uses in-built detection algorithms to judge whether a response has been detected; thus there is no human judgement, with all its associated variability, about presence/absence of a response. Detailed pro-

Figure 1: an AABR screening test in progress

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22 babies are screened at home by Health Visitors or Health Professionals at age 10 days or later. In both models babies screened under the NICU protocol are screened in hospital before discharge.

Coverage and follow up rates

In order to identify PCHL and initiate intervention by 6 months of age it is important to achieve a high coverage for screening and high rate of entry into follow up and to complete both screening and assessment early. This facilitates completion of diagnostic testing – it’s easier in babies who are a few weeks of age compared with babies a few months of age - and minimises the period of uncertainty for parents that follows a referral from newborn hearing screening. Coverage and entry into follow up are key performance measures for NHSP and comprise two of the programme standards against which performance is measured. Full details of programme standards are available at uk/government/publications/newborn-hearing-screening-programme-quality-standards. The combination of coverage and follow up will determine the percentage of the target population identified by the screen. Newborn Hearing screening coverage is very high - 98.1 % of the 2015/2016 birth cohort completed screening by 4/5 weeks of age and 99.1 % by 3 months of age.This is an excellent result and is achieved by much hard work on the part of local screening teams- using multiple strategies to maximise coverage by adopting family-friendly practices, implementing initiatives to organise screening appointments for babies that do not complete the screen in hospital and enlisting the support and input of primary care professionals for “hard to reach” families. About 3 % of babies are referred from the screen in one or both ears and require follow up in audiology. Achieving early entry into follow up for these babies requires good teamwork and communication between the screening and the audiology teams, good communication with parents and a smooth process that (ideally) allows direct booking of follow up audiology appointments by screeners at the point of screen completion. Performance early in the programme

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Figure 2: Bilateral PCHI in screen referred group: Median age (with 95% CI) at screening (N=6235), first assessment (N=6235), confirmation (N=6216), referral to early intervention (N=6073) and hearing aid fitting (N=5332).

was poor but has improved considerably and reached 87.2 % for the 2015/2016 birth cohort-just short of the target of 90% for babies receiving an audiological assessment within 4 weeks. This national data masks considerable inter programme variability; the challenge is to ensure that the worst performing programmes that only follow up 60 % within 4 weeks improve to the level of the best performing programmes that follow up 100 % within this time scale. Paediatric audiology teams need to take ownership of this issue to ensure the standard is met.


Figure 2 above shows the median age at screening, assessment, confirmation of PCHI (permanent childhood hearing impairment), referral to Early Intervention and initial hearing aid fitting for screen referrals for birth cohorts 2006/2007 onwards as measured in September 2016. It is clear that the median age at confirmation and referral to Early Intervention for these babies is well within the first 6 months of life and for most is within the first 3 months. This represents an enormous improvement that can be attributed to universal newborn hearing screening. Parents and services now have the opportunity for early intervention including decisions about management, fitting of appropriate

hearing aids, referral for cochlear implant, choice of communication methodology and provision of family support. References Davis A, Bamford J, Wilson I, Ramkalawan T, Forsaw M, Wright S. 1997. A critical review of the role of neonatal hearing screening in the detection of congenital hearing impairment. Health Technol Assessment 1(10). Pimperton H, Blythe H, Kreppner J, et al. The impact of universal newborn hearing screening on long-term literacy outcomes: a prospective cohort study. Arch Dis Child Published Online First: 25 Nov 2014. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307516. Kennedy CB, McCann DC, Campbell MJ, et al. Language ability after early detection of permanent childhood hearing impairment. N Engl J Med 2006;354:2131–41. Fortnum H, Davis A. Epidemiology of permanent childhood hearing impairment in Trent Region, 1985–1993. Br J Audiol 1997;31:409–46. Yoshinage-Itano, C. From screening to early identification and intervention: discovering predictors to successful outcomes for children with significant hearing loss. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 2003;8:11–30.



The Be one of the 300 Project Help us reach a further 300 new members by the end of this financial year (31st March 2017). All societies lose members over time - it’s a natural thing and unless we bring in new members we face the risk of losing influence. Why does the BSA need more members? With more members we are likely to get new and better ideas, more skills and more power to become a stronger, more influential Audiology organisation in the UK. Laura Turton BSA Operations Manager

Last year we had an increase of 17% in our membership. Most people report joining the BSA because someone who they respect told them it would be good for their career. We need every member of the BSA to help engage your contacts and encourage them towards joining. We are confident with your help we can do this. If every member persuaded just one person to join we would far exceed our goal. Our elevator pitch – what to say to people about the BSA An elevator pitch is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a service or organisation and its proposition – it helps get the conversation started. Please feel free to use / alter the below in your efforts to market your society. The BSA needs you, to help us grow into the strongest and most effective society in the field. Our vision is building knowledge and empowering professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing and balance problems. Join us today and let’s make this vision real.

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Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group (ARIG) study day: Complex Matters: going beyond the routine 5th September 2016 Darren Cordon, Chief Audiologist Hearing Services, University Hospitals of Leicester. The ARIG held a one day conference on the theme of ‘Complex Matters’ at the De Montfort University in early September 2016. The meeting was opened and chaired by Dr Melanie Ferguson (Chair of ARIG).

Laura Turton (BSA Operations Manager & South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust) started the morning’s lectures with an informative discussion on ‘the fundamentals of managing complex patients’ titled “I’m not complex! I’m me!” Laura offered some excellent, practical advice about individualising care in our clinics for patients perceived as ‘complex’. Dr Lynzee McShea (City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Founda-



26 tion Trust) followed Laura by discussing her work on improving audiological care for people with learning disabilities. Lynzee highlighted a significant national unmet need in this population and spoke about her work to improve referral rates and her work training ‘Hearing Champions’.

During the mid-afternoon break, posters submitted before the study day were judged by attendees in two categories, the ‘Most likely to change my clinical practice’ and ‘Best innovation’. There was a very high standard of entries and topics to choose from.

Following a short break to view the sponsor stalls and displays, Dr Sarah Bent (Besi Cadwaladr University Health Board) spoke at length about the differing types of dementia we commonly encounter in our clinics and offered practical suggestions for dealing with those patients who have memory problems.

The afternoon and meeting closed with ‘interactive case studies’ where attendees were encouraged to apply the learning from the day to real life, anonymised situations presented by the complex needs presenters.

Donna Corrigan (Sense) rounded off the morning’s presentations by identifying some of the common communication difficulties dual impaired people may encounter in our clinics and offered practical ideas and advice to overcome them. Donna’s presentation was then followed by the BSA annual general meeting. Following lunch Jane Wild (Vice Chair of ARIG) introduced Keith Stiff from Oticon (the meeting’s sponsor) who presented about Oticon’s new super powered hearing instruments. Judith Bird (Cambridge University Hospitals) then discussed the role and approach of Audiologists as agents of change when dealing with severe and profound patients highlighting the challenging nature of change for this patient population.

Finally Mel closed the meeting by announcing the winning posters: The ‘Most likely to change my clinical practice’ winner was Lynzee McShea for ‘Hearing Champion Training’ (Lynzee won a £50 Amazon voucher kindly sponsored by Oticon) and the ‘Best innovation’ winner went to Ann-Marie Hawkins for “You REM’ed what! – verification of a communicator” (Ann-Marie won a free place for one day at the BSA Annual Conference 2017). The meeting was a timely reminder of the need for individualised care and the many practical suggestions and ideas will no doubt prove valuable within my own Department. In summary the day was an excellent opportunity to learn and share good practice when dealing with ‘complex patients’.

Review of British Society of Audiology (BSA) Balance Interest Group (BIG) Conference. Dr Andrew Wilkinson Principal Clinical Scientist & Vice Chair, BSA Balance Interest Group University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Ear Institute, London. 16th September 2016. I am writing to you now, enthused and motivated by the latest biennial Balance Interest Group (BIG) Conference, held at the Ear Institute in London. Attendees of the Conference were very fortunate to gain the wisdom of renowned speakers from UK Universities and Hospitals, with an additional talk by Joanna Remenyi from Australia via Skype (online support tools for vertigo). The breadth and depth of material was outstanding: we covered material that encompassed ground-breaking scien-


tific research into biomechanics (nystagmus in magnetic fields), vision science/ visual vertigo, and importantly also from physiotherapy and psychology. It is always fascinating and humbling to gain such expert academic knowledge. However, the focus was very much applied, as demonstrated by Dr Jess Tyrrel’s (University of Exeter) insightful app for self-monitoring of Meniere’s patients, as part of her work on causal relationships with ‘big’ data. There was the opportunity to hear some case studies from committee members Dr Peter West and Vicki Kennedy, on BPPV (mis)diagnosis and symptom longevity (anyone out there who can beat 49 years??), and hyperventilation.The BPPV cases contrasted well with Donncha Lane’s experiences with cases of BPPV resulting from head trauma. Also on a practical note, and given the increase in popularity in recent years with new equipment techniques such as video head impulse testing (v-HIT), it was very informative to hear Dr


27 Paul Bacon’s finer points on the application of this in the clinical setting. Clinicians involved with the diagnostic assessment of vestibular function are often challenged by many of the limitations of test techniques and some of the fraught complications associated with interpreting tests, but Helen Brough shared with us the even greater difficulties associated with trying to develop balance services in developing countries.

also ENT and AVP clinicians, scientists, academics and lecturers.

It was also pleasing that there was good representation in the audience from not only the discipline of audiology itself, but

sincerely hope that we can hold many more such events like

All in all, I think days like this are a reminder that there is still a great deal which needs to be understood in this field, but also that there is already an immense wealth of knowledge and talent with all professionals working within the vestibular/ balance assessment and rehabilitation community. I, for one, this in the future.

Regulation Rethought Paul Sharpe Chief Executive Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, City Wharf, Davidson Road, Lichfield, Staffs, WS14 9DZ E:

There was huge support for identifying areas that both AHCS and RCCP currently do the same or similar and doing that together and while both organisations continue to do what they do differently. ards set by different regulators for the same or similar pieces of work.

Take home message The Professional Standards Agency (PSA) have been having a think about how the Healthcare sector might be better regulated and that could influence how Audiologists are regulated. ‘Regulation rethought’ is a paper published by the Professional Standards Agency (PSA) in October 2016. Paul Sharpe, Chief Executive of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) highlights some of the points made by the PSA and looks at how the regulatory regime for Audiologists might be better delivered. The PSA run an oversight regime of the statutory regulators in healthcare and also provide a voluntary accreditation of the voluntary regulators. The paper ‘Regulation rethought’ can be viewed here: detail/regulation-rethought It is a follow up to a paper called ‘Rethinking Regulation’ published by the PSA in August 2015 which can be reviewed here: ing-regulation

• Educators are affected by multiple regulators with different standards and quality assurance mechanisms. • Regulators should shift their focus and expenditure to the prevention of harm and the maintenance of standards – so should look to save costs and work done elsewhere. • Working in silos with separate objectives dilutes regulatory impact. • There would be merit in merging regulators to simplify access, improve efficiency and reduce costs. • Regulation should not be applied by job title but on the basis of risk to service users. • Risk is a function of the type of work done, the level of supervision under which the work is carried out and the vulnerability of service users and their ability to understand and measure the type of work delivered to them. PSA have proposed a risk measuring tool which can be reviewed here: right-touch-assurance-a-methodology-for-assessing-and-assuring-occupational-risk-of-harm

What are the issues that the PSA have identified? • Employers have to engage with multiple regulators in order to check their worker’s registration, report concerns, support revalidation and continued professional development. • People in multi-disciplinary teams work to different stand-



28 mination” to better deliver regulatory outcomes for Audiologists and the people who use the services that they provide? This is a question that has been asked many times over the years and most recently in May 2015 when representatives from AHCS and RCCP met to discuss the imperfect solution that AHCS and RCCP currently are to the regulatory regime required in Audiology, Clinical Physiology and in Healthcare Science. • The risk from some activities which are currently statutorily regulated could probably be adequately mitigated by forms of non statutory regulation and the risk from some activities which are not currently statutorily regulated is such that they probably should be statutorily regulated. • Improvements can be achieved through collaboration, innovation, imagination and determination. What does this mean for Audiologists? It is true that many of the observations made by the PSA in their documents apply to the statutory regulators, but they can equally be applied to the regulatory regimes which exist in the voluntary regulatory framework that Clinical Physiologists and Audiologists operate under. Two regulatory regimes currently exist, one operated by the Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS) – who have a register accredited by PSA and another, a longer established and larger register operated by the Registrant Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). In my short time sitting on the Council of RCCP, and even shorter time as its Chief Executive, I’ve witnessed: • Confusion amongst patients about where to go with concerns that they have. • Confusion amongst employers about which organisation(s) to suggest for registration requirements in job adverts – if any at all. • Confusion amongst educators about which organisation to apply for course accreditation, if any at all. • Confusion amongst registrants about which organisation to register with – if any at all. • Regulatory shortcomings arising from problem practitioners jumping from one register to another and into the gap which exists between both. • A likely cost burden on practitioners as two organisations duplicate what the other is doing Furthermore, both organisations do other things apart from offering voluntary regulation – RCCP campaigns for statutory regulation in the Clinical Physiology sector and accredits education courses, while AHCS provides equivalence, quality assurance and commissioned consultancy type work. What can be done about a solution? Can we use “collaboration, innovation, imagination and deter-


The process has been like a journey where we have some idea of the direction of where the destination is, but we don’t know exactly where it is and we don’t have a map to show us how to get there. We’ve inevitably made some wrong turns and gone down a few cul-de-sacs. And we’re still not at the destination – but we are a lot closer to it. A meeting in November 2016 between representatives of the RCCP, its professional bodies (including the BAA President) and AHCS Board members determined that: • Doing nothing and maintaining the status quo was not an option. • An option of combining all of the services that both organisations currently do into one organisation was equally unappealing. Both organisations have history and standing and there is value in their names and what they do and it would be a shame to lose that by losing one or both of the names or brands. • There was huge support for identifying areas that both AHCS and RCCP currently do the same or similar and doing that together and while both organisations continue to do what they do differently. What that solution will look like in detail is the challenge ahead and a working group made up of representatives from RCCP (including professional bodies) and AHCS starts work in January 2017 with a goal of finalising the solution in the first quarter of 2017 for launch and delivery later in the year. What does this mean for RCCP? It’s too early to say what RCCP will look like in the future if it ceases to have a regulation/register function to operate. For years RCCP has campaigned for statutory regulation for Clinical Physiologists and the reasons for that have not gone away - and won’t go away once a new regulatory solution has been developed. The new regulatory solution should be better placed to deliver greater safety for service users, not least because it will be less easy for practitioners to hide. But any solution will still be voluntary and problem practitioners will still have the option to not be part of any of it and that is a risk to service users. So the campaign for statutory regulation must continue, though it will probably change to be more responsive to the rethinking of regulation outlined by PSA and the risk measurement model that PSA have published.

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Gemma Crundwell Audiologist Addenbrookes, Cambridge



BSA Lunch and Learn eSeminars

An exciting Series of online presentations covering current topics of interest and clinically relevant research findings in Audiology and related professions, free of charge to all BSA members.

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These and other earlier seminars are available to access at (please note these are no longer available to non-BSA members). You may need to request connection through firewalls from your local IT department for your first eLearning experience.

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May 2016

Issues in diagnosis and management of auditory processing disorders – including spatial processing disorder › Professor Harvey Dillon

Online interventions for Tinnitus > Hidden Hearing Loss > Progressive loss/genetics of deafness

June 2016

Hearing Aids for Music: Exploring the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments › Dr Alinka Greasley

> Hearing aids in the paediatric population

> Preparing an article for IJA > Basic hearing science research > Update on Clinical Commissioning Policy for

July 2016

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Personalised Audiology › Professor Dave Moore

> Tinnitus in the media

September 2016

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Changing caregiver and primary care perceptions of Audiology › Dr Lynzee McShea

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Changing caregiver and primary care perceptions of Audiology This short communication is based on the on-line BSA Lunch and Learn seminar by Dr Lynzee McShea, September 2016.The recording is available on People with learning disabilities are more likely to have a hearing loss than the general population, but are less likely to receive diagnosis or management of their hearing loss1. The reasons for this are varied, but the support people with learning disabilities receive is relevant2. This seminar details a qualitative action research study designed to improve audiological issues for adults with learning disabilities and hearing loss, who are supported by paid caregivers. Previous research3 demonstrated that increasing caregiver knowledge alone was not sufficient to evoke a change in practice with regards to hearing loss. An understanding of caregiver attitudes and experiences was lacking in previous studies and was therefore incorporated into this research. The overall research questions aimed to explore whether it would be possible to engage with paid caregivers to improve their awareness of audiological issues and to influence their working practice and if so, what the key elements would be in achieving this. The study comprised of four action research cycles, each theoretically underpinned. The first cycle involved interviewing paid caregivers in their workplaces to explore their knowledge and experiences. Findings indicated that the majority of participants underestimated the prevalence of hearing loss and had inaccurate knowledge regarding assessment and hearing aids. Symbolic interactionism was used as a theoretical tool to account for their perspectives4.

The second cycle involved designing and piloting a training package for a wider group of caregivers. The content and delivery of the training was informed by suggestions from participants and other key stakeholders. Situated learning5 and experiential learning theory6 were the theoretical basis for the training design. Forty-four individuals were trained across six homes and constant refinement of the training occurred throughout the pilot phase. Early indications were positive; participants’ knowledge and confidence increased post training and pledges were made to continue the change process. The third cycle was concerned with further evaluation of the effectiveness of the training. Follow up visits were made to each home and a reassessment of knowledge and confidence suggested the improvements had largely persisted. Within six months, 96% of all pledges made had been achieved and the estimated prevalence of hearing loss in those supported by staff increased from 23 to 54%, with several new confirmed diagnoses of hearing loss. Focus group discussions were held with staff to explore their experiences post training. Many described “new chapters” in their working lives, suggesting they had completed their own cycle of experiential learning. These discussions also revealed barriers to audiology within primary care which necessitated investigation in a further cycle. The fourth cycle involved visiting and interviewing primary care practitioners in their workplace in order to explore their experiences, in a similar manner to cycle one. Findings from this group suggested a significant underestimation of hearing loss in people with learning disabilities and negative attitudes around the worth and benefit of referral. This study has shown that training in audiological issues can evoke a change in working practice, which has not been demonstrated in the literature in this area to date. Contact between caregivers and audiology was also important and the need to develop the role of audiology within the community transpired as one of the key findings of this research. Theoretical development of the findings has led to modification of an existing conceptual model (the 3As model) into a 5As model, which further acknowledges the need for multidisciplinary engagement and greater visibility of audiology in the community. References

Figure 1 – The 5As model for multidisciplinary engagement

1. McClimens A, Brennan S & Hargreaves P (2014) Hearing Problems in the Learning Disability Population: is Anybody Listening? British Journal of Learning Disabilities doi: 10.1111/ bld.12090 2. McCracken W, Lumm J & Laoide-Kemp S (2011) Hearing

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32 in Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities: The Need for Improved Ear Care. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 24(1): 86–93. 3. McMillan L, Bunning K & Pring T (2000) The Development and Evaluation of a Deaf Awareness Training Course for Support Staff. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 13: 283 - 291.

4. Denzin NK (1992) Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies. The Politics of Interpretation. Oxford: Blackwell. 5. Lave J & Wenger E (1990). Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation. Cambridge: University Press. 6. Kolb DA (1984) Experiential Learning. Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Considering music in routine fittings: evidence from hearing aid users’ music listening experiences This short communication is based on the on-line BSA Lunch and Learn seminar by Dr Alinka Greasley on 5th June 2016. The recording is available on uk. Love it or hate it, music is all around us these days, and although sometimes we might have it forced upon us as well as choosing to listen, music can have significant health and well-being benefits (MacDonald, Kreutz & Mitchell, 2012). Whilst there is growing evidence on adults’ music listening behaviour in the field of music psychology, far less is known about music listening of people with hearing impairments, and in particular, those with presbycusis (the largest single cause of deafness in the UK, AoHL, 2016). This demographic contains those for whom music listening precedes the onset of deafness, and encompasses a large proportion of hearing aid (HA) users in the UK. HAs are increasingly effective for speech perception, but there is some evidence that they can negatively affect music perception. Musical acoustics are significantly different from those of speech (e.g. frequency range, dynamic range, crest factors) (Chasin, 2012) and studies have shown that HAs can cause distortions to pitch and volume in listening and performance contexts (Fulford, 2013; Madsen & Moore, 2014). The ‘Hearing Aids for Music’ project is a large-scale investigation exploring the ways in which hearing impairments and the use of HAs affect music listening. Several studies have been implemented (see Figure 1). In the first study, a clinical survey, patients attending two clinics (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust and Harley Street Hearing, London) were asked about frequency of music listening problems and discussions with audiologists about music to identify general prevalence of problems within routine clinic settings. Data from 176 HA users, aged 21–93 years, showed that challenges with music listening were often experienced and almost half reported that this negatively affects their quality of life. Participants described issues in live

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Figure 1. Overview of Hearing Aids for Music project studies and outputs

performance contexts, hearing words in songs, the loss of music from their lives and associated social exclusion. The majority had not discussed music with their audiologist. For those who had, some positive experiences were reported wherein increased HA tailoring had enhanced music appreciation. Other experiences were reported to be less positive with no improvements. Results suggest that more could be done to help audiologists fit HAs for music and to inform HA users of their options. In the second study, we conducted in-depth interviews with the collection of audiometry to facilitate interpretation of the accounts. Data from 22 HA users aged 24-82 years, with varying levels of hearing impairment (10 mild, 10 moderate, 2 severe), highlighted the complexities of listening to music with HAs. Problems such as distortion (particularly at higher frequencies), a reduction in tone quality, and challenges with listening to music in live contexts were reported. Across all participants, less distortion and feedback was reported than we had expected, and pleasingly several interviewees did not experience any difficulties. One challenge that was described by numerous interviewees was switching between music and speech in a range of con-

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texts; for example, talking to friends in a bar where music is playing, attending a concert and not being able to hear the artist talk between songs, and being in a rehearsal and having to switch between music and the speech of the conductor. Those who had the ability to control the volume on their hearing aids through a phone application or remote were able to manage these situations more successfully than those without such control. Differences between success of listening in live versus recorded contexts were highlighted, and also the results confirmed the wide range of variables that need to be considered given the breadth of styles and contexts of music that are encompassed by musicians, non-musicians, listeners, performers and singers. Data show differences in HA use according to level of hearing impairment, level of engagement and training, musical styles, and listening contexts. There were also differences in interviewees’ understanding of their HA technology and in the process of acclimatising to the auditory input provided by the HAs. Some took an active role in adjusting, adapting, and experimenting, whereas others were less inclined to explore the possibilities. The use of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) was low which suggests that HA users are not as aware as they could be about tools that could help. Better understanding of their own hearing loss and HAs may help to align expectations appropriately.

ogists or HA dispensers, and which will help audiologists, HA fitters, and care workers to provide the best technology and environments for improving access to music. The leaflets will be distributed in clinics and dispensaries throughout the UK and will be available for download via the project website. We will also prepare a stakeholder report outlining existing processes and protocols in both public (NHS) and private sectors and highlighting where change to practice would be beneficial. References 1. Action on Hearing Loss (2016). Latest statistics on deafness and hearing loss. your-hearing/about-deafness-and-hearing-loss/statistics.aspx 2. Chasin, M. (2010). Six ways to improve listening to music through hearing aids. The Hearing Journal, 63(9), 27-30. 3. Chasin, M. (2012). Music and Hearing Aids: An Introduction. Trends in Amplification, 16(3), 136-139. 4. Fulford, R. J. (2013). Interactive Performance for Musicians with a Hearing Impairment. Unpublished doctoral thesis. RNCM, UK. 5. MacDonald, R. A. R., Kreutz, G. & Mitchell, L. A. (2012). Music, Health and Wellbeing. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 6. Madsen, S. M., & Moore, B. C. J. (2014). Music and hearing aids. Trends in Hearing, 18, doi:10.1177/2331216514558271

The findings of these studies were used to inform the design of an online survey which is currently live ( and which will explore trends in the music listening behaviour of a larger sample of HA users than has been achieved in previous studies.The survey, which is available in BSL, asks HA users about their hearing, type of HAs, musical preferences and uses of music, levels of musical training, and their experiences of listening to music in different settings. In the UK, audiologists do not receive formal training in fitting HAs for music listening and may not cover the acoustics of musical signals in depth. A range of strategies have been described that might be applied to optimise digital aid fittings (Chasin, 2010), but there is a need to provide evidence of the problems listeners experience so that technical improvements can be targeted appropriately at particular difficulties and listening settings. We will use the findings to develop patient and practitioner advice leaflets which will provide useful facts and information directly benefiting HA users in their engagement with audiol-

If you would like to be added to a list to be kept informed of the project findings, and/or would like to attend the project conference, please email us, and keep an eye on our website for updates. Email: Twitter: @musicndeafness

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Ear to the ground

for all things ear-related in the media This issue of Ear to the Ground unsurprisingly begins with a summary of Breaking the Silence:Live, a rare opportunity to showcase our profession to a primetime audience. We also include coverage of a man who went deaf after eating too many chillies, another update on stem cell research and an interesting podcast on the subject of Hawaii Sign Language. There are two stories from Australia that do not shed the best light on the Australian establishment (which I almost certainly did not include as a backlash to the Australians thrashing Wales at rugby union last month!) and a video of a live maggot being removed from an ear canal. Amanda Hall’s Twitterarty section focuses on how the twittersphere reacted to Channel 4’s Breaking the Silence: Live show.

Breaking the Silence

Arguably the media highlight of the year for the Audiology profession in the UK was Channel 4’s coverage of the live switch-on of 7 cochlear implants at Manchester Royal Infirmary. The programme featured CI audiologists from several departments, including a couple of members of the Audacity editorial team! The programme began on Channel 4 and continued on Facebook live to give enough time for each switch-on. It was enlightening to see the different reactions patients gave to the initial experience of hearing through a cochlear implant, and the narrator made it clear at several stages that this was only the first step of a long journey. There were a wide range of opinions shared on social media, and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work our CI audiologists do on a daily basis. The programme can be watched on the all4 catch up service, with or without a BSL interpreter at http://www.

Surgeon grows ear on arm

The Independent newspaper reported in November on a man who has had a human outer ear grown onto his arm, with the eventual hope that it will be attached to his head. The patient, known as Mr Ji, lost his right ear in a car accident. Subsequently, a surgeon has used a technique similar to that used by surgeons for ear reconstruction, using a piece of cartilage from the ribs, to shape a pinna on the forearm. Once this has grown, the surgeon will attempt to attach the newly formed ear to the patient’s face. You can read about the procedure in the article at news/world/asia/chinese-doctor-grows-human-ear-arm-ripped-off-car-crash-a7416791. html

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36 Not for the faint hearted

This is by no means the first “foreign body” story to have made it onto the pages of Ear to the Ground, but it is the one which turned my stomach the most! The Mirror posted a video of a doctor removing a live maggot from a young boy’s ear. This was one of 14 live fly larvae to be removed in all. The boy’s father is quoted as saying he had looked in his ear but not seen anything – further proof, if any were needed, of the unquestionable necessity of otoscopes. The removal of the maggots may not be the most horrific part of this story. Take a look at the doctor’s lack of bracing technique when performing otoscopy. The video and accompanying article is available at http://www.

Podcast: Hawaii Sign Language

The Guardian recently produced a Podcast detailing the discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013, and the dangers it faces today. It explains the amazement that linguists felt on discovering the language, and discusses the chances of survival for a language that is used by fewer and fewer people. The main threats listed include globalisation and a split in the indigenous community. The podcast last only half an hour, and is an interesting look at sign language away from the British Isles. It can be downloaded at

Deaf footballers struggling for funding

The Independent reported in October on the difficulties facing Team GB’s men and women’s deaf football teams. They quote the Great Britain captain Claire Stancliffe that overall, £125,000 is required to cover the costs of training, kits travel and accommodation at next summer’s Deaflympics. If the teams are unable to raise the money, Team GB will be forced to withdraw from the tournament. The article highlights the intervention of footballers James Milner and Jack Butland, who made significant donations to allow the teams to compete at the Deaf World Cup. There is much more information available, and can be read in the article at football/britains-deaf-football-team-struggling-to-find-cash-to-attend-deaflympics-a7368276.html.

Progress reported on stem cell research

The Mirror reports on progress made by a lab in Tokyo in developing stem cells that can replace one of the mutations that cause abnormalities of the outer hair cells. Though the report is a little sensationalist and doesn’t exactly reflect the work of the researchers, it is nevertheless promising to read that stem cells may play a role in treating some forms of hereditary hearing loss in the next 10 years. However, the article claims that this research will lead to a cure for congenital deafness, a claim unsupported by the researcher quoted in the article. The article does provide a neat layman’s summary of stem cell research in the field of hearing loss, and is available at

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37 Life as a deaf actor In September, actor Genevieve Barr wrote an insightful piece in the Guardian about the difficulties of being an actor with a disability in British theatre. She discusses her two most recent roles, and compliments the directors on their honesty about the inconvenience of an actor with hearing loss and willingness to disregard the norms of theatre. She mentions the “wall of fear” audiences feel at casually poking fun at everyday reactions to hearing loss. Her attack on the excuses currently used for why there are not more disabled actors is engaging and persuasive. Ms Barr gives an interesting view into the world she experiences as a deaf actor and shares her hope for a more inclusive future. Read the article at

Australian woman denied jury opportunity The Independent reported on the outcome of a High Court trial where judges have ruled that a deaf Australian woman may not serve jury duty, as she would need a sign language interpreter to communicate. Gaye Lyons was originally dismissed from jury duty in 2012, and has been trying to have this decision overturned for almost 5 years. Understandably disappointed with the outcome of the High Court ruling, Ms Lyons described it as “a smack in the face… for the Deaf community”. Interestingly, the article concluded by explaining that Deaf jury members have served in several other countries, including the UK, USA and New Zealand. The article can be read at

Criticism of transcript cuts The Guardian report on another story from Australia, with criticism of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) decision to stop transcribing some of its’ news and current affairs programmes. The decision is likely to save ABC around $210,000, with a spokesman arguing that, “As audience needs shift to mobile consumption…the need for a focus on transcripts is reduced”. This provoked a reaction from Australia’s disability discrimination commissioner, who raised concerned that this would prevent content from being accessible to all Australians. The argument was discussed in the Australian Senate, with Senator Kim Carr questioning whether the change was justified, given the impact on the population and the relatively small cost saving to ABC. To read the full article, follow the link

Noodle induced hearing loss The Mirror report on a British chef who reported temporarily losing his hearing after eating what is described as “the hottest noodle dish in the world”. Ben Sumadiwiria ate a dish which included 100 bird’s eye chillies crushed together, known as death noodles. After eating the dish in Jakarta, Indonesia, the chef reported sweating, dizziness, nausea and temporary hearing loss. According to Mr Sumadiwiria, the hearing loss lasted around 2 minutes before returning to normal. Unfortunately, the burning sensation in his mouth lasted a lot longer! The article is available at

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Twitterarty @HallAmandJ introduces you to the audiology Twitter community The documentary #Breakingthesilence was the talk of the Audiology Twittersphere in November. Cochlear implant switch-ons were broadcast live on Channel 4. Holthearing&balance @holthearingltd . Nov 22 A truly moving documentary #breakingthesilence #hearingloss #hearing

Breaking the Silence Live: the TV show set to make deaf people hear... Viewers can tune in to watch people have cochlear implants switched on and hear for the first time. It should be heartwarming - but there are always ris...

This edition of Twitterarty looks at twitter’s promotion and reaction to Breaking the Silence: sLive. We look at reviews of the show, personal stories of other implant users and personal greetings to the Audiologists who took part in the programme.

Some familiar Audiology faces were seen on TV… Manchester Hospitals @CMFTNHS . Nov 23 Dr O’Driscoll on the @BBCBreakfast couch this morning talking #cochlearimplant and #breakingthesilence. Get it on @Channel4 catch up now!

Ed Cooper @EA_Cooper . Nov 23 Shout-out to my Uncle Huw for helping combat deafness on @Channel4’s #breakingthesilence

Cohclear UK & IE @CohclearUK . Nov 22 In 2 hrs @Channel4 show #CochlearImplant patients live switch-ons at 8pm #BreakingtheSilence

The programme generated lots of tweets, reviews and personal stories about #cochlear implants

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Ed Rex @rexyedventures . Nov 22 From op to switch on, follow my #cochlearimplant journey in #breakingthesilence & how I rediscovered #sound:

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The National Bone Conducting Hearing Implant Registry CD

Author and Correspondence Zheng Ng The Ear Foundation 83 Sherwin Road, NG7 2FB, Nottingham, UK. T: 0115 942 1985 E: W:

Take-home message The National BCHI Registry assembles national figures on BCHI users, providing evidence to drive policy and practice and to support BCHI users. Audiologists, ENT consultants, manufacturers and other BCHI professionals are key stakeholders in this, and therefore we would like to invite your BCHI centre to join the National BCHI Registry!

The National BCHI Registry The National Bone Conducting Hearing Implant (BCHI) Registry is a national registry collecting information on BCHI demographics and fittings in children and adults. It has been set up through collaboration with professionals from multiple disciplines (including audiologists, ENT consultants, researchers and educators) in different organisations and major centres across the United Kingdom, and provides information relevant to (potential) BCHI users, professionals including audiologists, and funders. It collects data including numbers implanted, hearing loss (unilateral/bilateral), ages, indications for fitting, and usage rates. Clear advice on

ethics has been obtained from our local ethics committee and guidance issued to ensure that only group data is sent, no patient data is identifiable, and data entry is robust and secure. The National BCHI Registry is hosted by The Ear Foundation, as an independent body, and supported by Cochlear Europe and Oticon Medical. Why a registry is needed Currently there is hardly any robust information about the number of BCHI users in the UK, to enable planning of services and ensure effectiveness and efficiency. In addition, funding for these devices varies greatly across the country. The BCHI Registry can provide the relevant information needed to drive policy and practice and the support of BCHI users. This information is vital to provide evidence which can be used to secure the future funding of bone conducting hearing implants around the country. Following discussions with leaders in the field, the National BCHI Registry was developed; to quantify the number of BCHI users in the country and to gain an understanding of the reasons why people are fitted with the devices, the demographics of the group, and their use of the BCHI(s). This registry provides information for patients, professionals and commissioners of health care services. Aims of the National BCHI registry The aims of the BCHI Registry are: • To increase awareness on the use of bone conducting hearing implants. It aims to facilitate accessibility to BCHI users’ information, keeping a record of the numbers of implanted users, their demographics and their use of the BCHIs, and disseminate the appropriate findings on BCHI users as widely as possible. • To increase evidence on the use of a bone conducting hearing implant for users, their families and professionals.

In order to collect more robust national figures for the benefit of BCHI candidates, users and professionals, centres are invited to participate in the BCHI registry. Existing and potential BCHI users, their families, and professionals including clinicians, manufacturers and researchers could benefit through being able to use the findings. For instance, they could use the evidence as support for BCHI candidates who are thinking about implantation, in applications for funding and to improve robustness of research outcomes. • To inform policy and practice. The aim is to inform policy and clinical and teaching practice, and provide more highly needed information in terms of both quantitative and qualitative evidence on this population of users. It may also benefit professional teams: in service planning, discussion with patients, for discussion with patients, referrers and funders. The aim is also to give individual centres access to figures for the UK (at present), and to be able to use and report their own figures. Participating centres Currently, there are 21 centres involved in gathering data for the National BCHI Registry: Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge UH), Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (Liverpool), Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Heartlands Hospital (Heart of England NHSFT, Birmingham), Brighton & Sussex UH NHS T, Countess of Chester Hospital (Chester), Derriford Hospital (Plymouth H NHS T), East Kent Hospitals U NHS T, Frimley Park Hospital (Camberley), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS T,

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42 adults. Figure 1 shows the numbers of BCHI users with unilateral and bilateral hearing loss for children, adults, and both groups (all ages). Table 1 shows the causes of hearing loss and the proportion of people (%) in each category for children, adults, and both groups (all ages). The most common cause of hearing loss for children is syndrome with associated hearing loss, and for adults it is Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM). Figure 1. Number (%) of BCHI users with unilateral and bilateral hearing loss.

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Table 1. Aetiology of both groups (all ages), children and adults.

With regard to the BCHI users with bilateral hearing loss clinicians have reported (n=1738), 10% (n=167) are children and 90% (n=1571) adults fitted with a BCHI. Figure 2 illustrates the current amount of usage of their BCHI. With regard to the BCHI users with unilateral hearing loss clinicians have reported (n=550), there are 16% (n=88) are children and 84% (n=462) adults fitted with a BCHI. Figure 3 illustrates the current amount of usage of their BCHI. Quarterly results in the form of an infographic and presentation slides are posted on The Ear Foundation website: http:// Continuous work will be done to raise awareness of BCHI, the registry and to expand the number of centres participating to gain a clearer national picture of BCHI users. The results of the Registry will continue to be updated, and aims to be presented further through the website, meetings and publications.

Figure 2. Current amount of usage of BCHI by those with bilateral hearing loss (n=1738).

Mid Chesire H NHS FT (Crewe), North Manchester General Hospital, Freeman Hospital (Newcastle Hospitals, Newcastle Upon Tyne), Norfolk and Norwich UH NHS FT, Ropewalk House (Nottingham UH NHS T), Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Shrewsbury & Telford H NHS Trust, Rotherham NHS FT, Royal Stoke University Hospital (UHNM, Stoke on Trent), South Tees NHS T (Mid-

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dlesbrough), and University College Hospital (UCLH, London). Each centre has a professional responsible for data input. Results so far Data has been collected over a period of 5 years so far.The BCHI Registry currently has a large dataset including information from 3530 BCHI users, of which 9% (n=313) are children, and 91% (n=3217)

Please join the BCHI Registry In order to collect more robust national figures for the benefit of BCHI candidates, users and professionals, centres are invited to participate in the BCHI registry. Centres can freely join by requesting a BCHI package from The Ear Foundation which includes software, an e-guide and usable charts. They can demonstrate their own data on charts, and are asked to send in their data quarterly to The Ear Foundation to be included in the national dataset. The entry sheet asks for details

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43 to learn more about the BCHI pathway and outcomes, with expertise from relevant professionals. • Research outcomes, available at: http:// see particularly Young people (11-17 years) & Adults (26+ years).

Figure 3. Current amount of usage of BCHI by those with unilateral hearing loss (n=542).

such as unilateral/bilateral hearing loss and fitting, aetiology, current usage, possible reasons for non-use, etc. The aim has been to make the data entry and collection short enough to ensure compliance, but broad enough to collect useful data. It takes a few minutes to input data per patient, and once a patient’s information is entered, the software will retain all details to present them back on the next occasion the patient’s details are opened. In doing so, further entries require less work. All patient data sent from the centres to The Ear Foundation will be received anonymously, and the data is safely stored. In addition, professionals from centres are invited to a bi-annual meeting held with professionals from the centres, manufacturer representatives and The Ear Foundation. Here, the latest figures are presented, discussions held, and appropriate tasks set. To request a BCHI package, please contact: zheng@

Useful events and resources • Facebook group for BCHI candidates and users: groups/BAHA.UK/. • Accessories and technology from various BCHI manufacturers: http://www. • Technical support on assistive listening devices: http://www.earfoundation. • Free information booklets on children and adults from The Ear Foundation and partners: bone-conducting-hearing-implants/ bone-conducting-hearing-implant-information-sheet.

Acknowledgements The BCHI Registry is supported by Cochlear Europe Ltd. and Oticon Medical. We would like to thank the participating centres listed above, and the professionals involved, including Marion Atkin, for all their continuous input, advice and support. This registry is coordinated by Zheng Yen Ng, Imran Mulla, Arti Patel, Sue Archbold and Melanie Gregory. The Ear Foundation is very grateful to be able to host the BCHI Registry. About The Ear Foundation The Ear Foundation is an independent non-profit charity supporting those with hearing loss of all ages with different hearing technologies such as hearing aids, bone conducting hearing implants, cochlear implants and assistive listening devices. It aims to bridge the gap between clinic-based services, where the technology is fitted, and home, school, work and socially where they are used in daily life, as well as to inform policy, practice and to encourage public engagement.

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Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Rehabilitation at the Royal Surrey County Hospital: Patients’ evaluations of the effectiveness of treatments CD

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This report is based on the publication cited below with permission of the copyright holder. Hashir Aazh, Brian C. J. Moore, Karen Lammaing & Mark Cropley (2016): Tinnitus and hyperacusis therapy in a UK National Health Service audiology department: Patients’ evaluations of the effectiveness of treatments, International Journal of Audiology, DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2016.1178400

Dr. Hashir Aazh Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Therapy Specialist Clinic, Audiology Department, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX, UK E: Take-home message

• From the patients’ perspectives,

counselling was the most effective treatment in helping them to manage their tinnitus and hyperacusis, followed by education and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Therefore, audiologists may need further training in the application of counselling skills in order to help them in offering therapies for patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis.

• The majority of responders who

found the bedside sound generators (SGs), wideband noise generators (WNGs) and hearing aids to be effective also found counselling and education to be effective. Therefore, it is not clear whether bedside SGs, WNGs and hearing aids were important components of the treatment package

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Introduction Audiology departments in the NHS play a major role in offering therapy and support for patients experiencing tinnitus and hyperacusis. Recently, the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery published a Clinical Practice Guideline for tinnitus (Tunkel et al, 2014). They recommend history taking, audiological examinations, education about management strategies, hearing aid evaluation and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Sound therapy was not recommended, but was suggested as an optional treatment. To the authors’ knowledge there is no widely agreed guideline developed for management of hyperacusis. A conference report suggests that various forms of counselling and sound therapy seem beneficial in the management of hyperacusis, but the evidence base for these remain poor (Aazh et al, 2014). The Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Therapy Specialist Clinic (THTSC) at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) is an audiologist-led service. THTSC offers a mixture of interventions comprising: (1) education, (2) CBT, (3) hearing aids (4) sound therapy, and (5) client-centred counselling. Although most of these tinnitus management interventions are included in the above-mentioned guideline, the strength of their evidence base is not equal. A brief description of each intervention and its evidence base is given below.

1. Education The content of the educational sessions at THTSC is informed by Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT; Jastreboff & Hazell, 2004). There are two systematic reviews supporting the efficacy of educational sessions based on the TRT approach in combination with sound therapy in the management of tinnitus (Grewal et al, 2014; Phillips & McFerran, 2010). However, the evidence base for the efficacy of education alone in management of tinnitus or hyperacusis is poor. 2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) CBT is a psychological intervention that aims to help the patient to modify their unhelpful, erroneous cognitions and safety-seeking behaviours (Beck, 1976; Clark et al, 1999). CBT involves helping the patient to identify, challenge and modify their unhelpful thoughts in response to tinnitus or environmental sounds. The CBT techniques at THTSC comprised: Socratic questioning, guided discovery, behavioural experiments, education and filling in diaries of thoughts and feelings between the sessions. There is a wide range of research supporting the efficacy of CBT in the management of tinnitus (Hesser et al, 2011; Grewal et al, 2014). The authors are aware of only one published research study on hyperacusis management that reports some benefits from CBT (Juris et al, 2014).

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45 From the patients’ perspectives, counselling (i.e., audiologist listening empathically to patient’s concerns) was the most effective treatment in helping them to manage their tinnitus and hyperacusis, followed by education and CBT.

3. Hearing aids Patients are offered hearing aids if they have tinnitus combined with self-reported hearing difficulties and a hearing loss that could be helped with hearing aids. Despite their widespread use, there seem to be conflicting results with regard to the effectiveness of hearing aids in the management of tinnitus. While several authors have recommended the use of hearing aids in tinnitus management (Henry et al, 2015; Moffat et al, 2009), a recent Cochrane systematic review concluded that there is currently no evidence to support or refute their use as a routine intervention for tinnitus (Hoare et al, 2014). 4. Sound therapy All patients were offered bedside sound generators (SGs) to use at night. For use during the day, patients were offered the combination devices. Research supporting the effectiveness of sound therapy for tinnitus or hyperacusis is limited, as in most studies sound therapy has been offered in combination with educational sessions (Hobson et al, 2012; McKenna & Irwin, 2008; Pienkowski et al, 2014). 5. Client-centred counselling: Client-centred counselling was developed by Carl Rogers (Rogers, 1951) and emphasises respecting and trusting the patient’s capacity for growth, development and creativity (Rogers, 1959). Empathic listening is a key counselling skill that is used throughout the therapy sessions to build a good patient-clinician relationship and offer emotional

support to patients. Empathy means to understand and feel another person’s perspectives (Rogers, 1959). Use of client-centred counselling in the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis has been recommended by several authors (Pienkowski et al, 2014; Tyler et al, 2001). However, to the author’s knowledge there is no study in the literature that assesses the effectiveness of client-centred counselling in the management of tinnitus or hyperacusis. The aim of the present service evaluation study was to obtain patients’ feedback on the effectiveness of the treatment they received for tinnitus and hyperacusis at THTSC. The information was intended to complement research findings and guide the provision of care for patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Method A survey questionnaire was sent to all patients who were initially seen between January and March, 2014 (n=200). The questionnaire included nine items assessing patients’ opinions of the effectiveness of the therapies that they received. Patients were asked to rate the effectiveness of each therapy on a scale from 1 to 5 (1=no effect, 5=very effective). They were instructed to leave the form blank if they had not received a specific therapy. The questionnaire items were concerned with: (1) Hearing tests, (2) Completing the tinnitus/hyperacusis questionnaires, (3) Education and information about tinnitus/hyperacusis, (4) Counselling, (5) CBT, (6) Bedside sound generator (SG), (7) Wideband noise generator (WNG), (8) Hearing Aids, (9) Overall satisfaction with the tinnitus/hyperacusis clinic. In addition, patients were asked whether they had tinnitus (yes/ no), hearing loss (yes/no) or hyperacusis (yes/no), and to specify the duration of their tinnitus. Patients were asked to return the questionnaire within two weeks, using the pre-paid envelope provided. Results A total of 92/200 questionnaires were returned, a response rate of 46%. The mean duration of tinnitus for the responders was 10 years (SD=10). Ninety

six percent (89/92) of the responders reported having tinnitus, 39% (36/92) reported having hyperacusis and 72% (66/92) had hearing loss. Forty eight percent of the responders (44/92) had received bedside SGs, 64% (59/92) ear level devices (GN ReSound i-fits) incorporating a WNG and 60% (55/92) had received i-fits incorporating amplification. Effect of the treatments from the patients’ perspective Each item on the questionnaire was rated as 4/5 or 5/5 (very effective) by over 50% of the responders. The mean score was greatest for counselling, followed by education, CBT and hearing tests. Only 6% of responders rated counselling as 3/5 or below. This was followed by education, hearing tests, and CBT, which only 9%, 12% and 15% of responders rated as 3/5 or below, respectively. This is in contrast with the bedside SGs, hearing aids and WNGs, which 25%, 36% and 47% of responders rated as 3/5 or below, respectively (Figure 1). There was no significant difference between the scores for education and counselling (p=0.06) or education and CBT (p=0.24). However, scores for education were significantly greater than scores for WNGs (p<0.001) and hearing aids (p<0.001). Scores for counselling were significantly higher than scores for CBT (p<0.001), WNGs (p<0.001) and hearing aids (p<0.001), and scores for CBT were significantly higher than scores for WNGs (p<0.001) and hearing aids (p<0.005). The scores for the bedside SGs were lower, but not significantly so, than scores for counselling (p=0.007), education (p=0.03) or CBT (p=0.06). A comparison of scores for responders with tinnitus only and those with hyperacusis (with or without tinnitus) showed that there were no significant differences for education (p=0.32), counselling (p=0.14), CBT (p=0.05), bedside SGs (p=0.16), WNGs (p=0.29) or hearing aids (p=0.26).

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46 most all of the patients who found SGs, WNGs and hearing aids to be effective, also rated counselling or education as effective (4 or 5). This makes it difficult to determine whether the bedside SGs, hearing aids or WNGs were effective components of the treatment package.

References • Aazh, H., McFerran, D., Salvi, R., Prasher, D., Jastreboff, M. et al 2014. Insights from the First International Conference on Hyperacusis: causes, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Noise Health, 16, 123-6. Fig 1: The percentage of respondents who ranked each intervention as 3/5 or below i.e., “non-effective”.

Conclusion Counselling, CBT and education Responders rated counselling, education and CBT as more effective than hearing aids and WNGs. This is consistent with previous reports suggesting that CBT and education have a stronger evidence base for the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis than sound therapy and hearing aids (Tunkel et al, 2014; Hesser et al, 2011). However, to the authors’ knowledge no previous study has assessed the effectiveness of client-centred counselling in management of tinnitus and hyperacusis. Our study showed that client-centred counselling was rated as slightly better than CBT and as much more effective than education. Although the Good Practice Guide in the UK recommends that “all members of teams working with patients with tinnitus need to be competent in counselling and psychological support skills” (p.14, line 12), the document did not define exactly what was meant by counselling and psychological support. This could range from providing reassurance and information to the use of client-centred counselling skills.There is a discrepancy between audiologists’ perception of counselling and the client-centred counselling approach. In many audiology textbooks and research papers, counselling is described as explaining and providing technical information to the patient (English

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et al, 2000). However, in the context of a client-centred approach, counselling is a process that should allow the patient, not the clinician, to talk about their concerns and emotions (Rogers, 1962). A clinical implication is that audiologists may need further training in the application of counselling skills to help them in offering therapies for patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis. However, further research is needed to systematically assess the effectiveness of client-centred counselling (as opposed to just listening sympathetically and giving advice to the patient) in the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis. Bedside SGs, hearing aids, and WNGs More than 50% of the responders rated the bedside SGs, hearing aids and WNGs as 4/5 or 5/5. However, as sound therapy devices were always offered together with counselling and education, it is not clear whether the high satisfaction of this 50% was directly related to the effectiveness of the devices or to satisfaction with the overall therapy. Between 20% and 46% of responders who found education or counselling to be effective, rated the bedside SGs, WNGs and hearing aids as 3/5 or below. This indicates that many patients who did not benefit from the SGs, hearing aids or WNGs still benefited from the educational and counselling components. However, al-

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Little did I know the impact that that first project in fitting 230 children with binaural hearing aids would have on my life. I subsequently met a Lion called Vic, a French Canadian priest called Papa Gagion, the Founder of the World’s largest hearing aid manufacturer – Bill Austin and his wife Tani, various Governors of HM Prisons Service and their excellent staff, the Inside Out Trust, Sound Seekers and many more people and organisations all with the belief that it was possible to make a difference to the life quality of underprivileged hearing impaired people by establishing sustainable programmes, underpinned by local skilled people with ongoing support and training from organisations dedicated to the goal – So the World May Hear. The service was to be free at the point of delivery. The prisons aspect was one of Restorative Justice with the establishment of workshops within prisons where supervised prisoners process donated aids - sorted, cleaned, refurbished or identified as needing sophisticated electronic attention.

It’s 1983 and I am in Ethiopia a country that was about to be ravaged by famine, having flown there in a RAF Hercules transport plane (fully loaded). The main instructions from Sister Barbara Walsh who was establishing the first Oral school for Hearing Impaired children in the country was “bring hearing aids for the children and some custard powder if you have room in your luggage” - the nuns had a sweet tooth and loved Bird’s

custard. That was my first experience of collecting unwanted hearing aids, refurbishing them, organising for appropriate cords, receivers (for the body worn aids), batteries for both body worn and BTEs and ear mould making kit. I cadged and cajoled everything because I hadn’t the money to buy stuff. Everything was shipped free by TNT to RAF Lyneham and then on by Hercules to Addis Ababa.

In the early days our own Government was donating new hearing aids to support projects, the problem was making sure what was donated was usable – it’s no use sending brand new body aids without cord and receiver, or forgetting that hearing aids need batteries and in developing countries they are unaffordable to many people. Slowly but surely however things began to click and when I look at where we are today with inter country training and resource, local programmes with Government support, effective sorting and refurbishing of donated hearing aids

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and equipment, battery programmes, weekly troubleshooting clinics and effective Primary Ear Care with medication where necessary for the 25-30% of patients who attend Hearing Missions with hearing loss that is amenable to treatment, I think it is fair to say we are making progress in achieving the goal – So the World May Hear. However, without the basic tools of hearing aids and associated hard and soft ware it will not be possible to continue the work of providing FREE at the point of delivery, a sustainable service that gives the joy of hearing to underprivileged hearing impaired kids and adults. We have a sustainable supply of batteries, of efficient earmoulds, of skills necessary to support the patients –

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During the past 18 months Lions International and Switch on the Sound Campaign have collected and shipped hearing aids and associated equipment that has been used in Hearing Missions in countries including; Ethiopia, Congo, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, South

Zanzibar, Madagascar, Ukraine, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Guyana, Caribbean countries, Indonesia.

Please direct any unwanted hearing aids and associated equipment to: Dr Michael Nolan Lumb Gaps Barn Haslingden Old Road Rossendale BB4 8TT

Submit an article We welcome the submission of articles on relevant clinical, research and academic or other themes within Audiology. The reader may not always be an expert or have previous interest in your specialist area and the article is an opportunity to increase the knowledge base and interest in new areas of audiology. We are keen to publish articles that present alternative or challenging themes that will encourage and provoke debate.

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Essentials Council Members / Meeting Dates Officers Mrs Elizabeth Midgley – Chair Dr Ted Killan – Vice Chair Dr Huw Cooper – Immediate Past Chair Dr Gareth Smith – Secretary Mr Barry Downes – Treasurer Elected Trustees

BSA COUNCIL MEETNGS Boardroom, Post Graduate Centre, QE, Birmingham, unless otherwise stated 11am – 4.30pm 21st March 2017 - IM&T, University Hospitals Bristol 20th June 2017 19th September 2017 5th December 2017

Dr Peyman Adjamian Ms Siobhan Brennan

Meeting dates and venues may be liable to change and new dates for 2017 will be released imminently.

Dr Nicci Campbell Dr Carmel Capewell Dr Piers Dawes Mr John Day Dr David Greenburg Michael Joseph Dr Imran Mulla Yvonne Noon Dr Sudhira Ratnayake Council Advisors Prof. Kevin Munro (International Journal of Audiology) Dr Michael Akeroyd (International Journal of Audiology & Chair of the Research Funding Steering Committee)

Dr Peter West (International Journal of Audiology) Dr Mel Ferguson (Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group) Donna Corrigan (Professional Guidance Group) Pauline Grant (Auditory Processing Disorder Special Interest Group) Charlotte Turtle (Social Media) Belinda Baldwin (Social Media) Katy Morgan (Balance Interest Group) Dr Martin O’Driscoll (Audacity Editor) Jane Wild (Incoming Audacity Editor) Dr Derek Hoare (Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Special Interest Group) Lauren Smalley (Paeditric Audiology Interest Group) Gemma Twitchen (Global Outreach Special Interest Group) Carolyn Dando (Events Representative) Nathan Clarke (Student Representative)


For more information, please contact BSA Tel: 0118 966 0622 Fax: 01506 811477 Email: Web: British Society of Audiology Blackburn House Redhouse Road Seafield, Bathgate, EH47 7AQ



Essentials Examination Passes The following students have passed accredited BSA courses over recent months: May 2016

BSA Certificate in Industrial Audiometry (Albacare) Sarah Davidson

Louise Porter

Billie Butler

Joanne Doran

Susan Broadhurst

Ella Tidswell

Anna Quary

Sarah Skellon

Nick Scoffield

Pedro Meha

Kyle Marshall

Mark Bell

Gabrielle Larkin

Gayle Currie

Agatha Lyons

Marian McKenna

Helen McClelland

Shona Anderson

Vivienne Costley

Roisin MacCann

Joseph McCloskey

Marguerite Browne

Christine Connor

Claire McLeod

Valantine Lawson

Lynsay Boyle

Elspeth Chalmers

Julie Falconer

Elaine O’Neil

David Sim

Samantha Eastcroft

Wendy Meldrum

Virginija Kuizinaite

Jason Weightman

Gus Colville

Andy Heslop

Cliff Purvis

Vivien Coltherd

Gary Scott

Elesha Sopel

Angela McCallum

Abbigail Welsh

Joanna Elliott

Arlene Donnelly

Paulo Alexandre Dos Santos

Jane Walder

Christopher Fazakerley

Oonagh Always

Anne Dempsey

Penelope Callan

Graham Larmour

Hilary Best

Lynn Minter

Gill Corner

Nicola Street

Elizabeth Wakeling

Kathryn Gallagher

Sue Carroll

Kerri Tyler

Mary Goves

Lesley Tindale

Sally Hobson

Adele Martin

Anne McGee

Elizabeth Weir

Chris Simpson

Sara Annau

Catriona Heath

Kelly Ireland

Mhairi Deas

Gillian Marelic

Jade Welch

Phillip Sparks

Cathy McDowall

Sharon Wilkinson

Stella Tomkinson

Claudia Santos

Ruby Thibeault

Gerry Smith

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Adults & over 5’s) (Audio-Training) Earl Panagi

Joy Williams

Neil Bennett

Danielle Boyle

Jerrin Johny

Joe Morphew

Joanne Snelling

Daniel Bennett

Richard Glover

Bruce Marks

Ashley Small

Mark Skinner

Paris Walker

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Adults & over 5’s) (T J Audiology) Roger Williams

Darren Williams

Anna Budwisz

Toni Formoy

BSA Certificate in Basic Audiometry and Tympanometry (T J Audiology) Ciara O’Connor

Lauren Darvall

Anna Budwisz

Abigail Sisson

Eileen Morgan

Masa Klubicka-Herdics




Essentials Examination Passes The following students have passed accredited BSA courses over recent months: November 2016

BSA Certificate in Industrial Audiometry (Albacare) Grace Brady

Eileen M O’Connor

Karen McCabe

Joan Lockheart

Claire Cunningham

Carolyn Gill

Madalene Magee

Jolene O’Malley

Rebecca Thomas

Haf Ward-Williams

Elena Pattinson-Thomas

Terry Pease

David Barber

Kate Franklin

Anna Barton

Paula Wilson

James Shuttleworth

Paul Willis

Hayley Drake

Trudy Davies

Delia Harrop

Lynda May

Sam Laird

Joanne Prenter

Amanda Lindsay

Natalie Smith

Sharon Gilmour

Maureen Callaghan

Liz Bryson

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Adults & over 5’s) (Audio-Training) Mark Chase

Charlote Crowe

Lee Jenkins

Rebekka Jones

Daniel Wright

BSA Certificate in Industrial Audiometry (Insight Health Screening) Rachel Godfrey

Wayne Cullis

Bethan Roberts

BSA Certificate in Basic Audiometry and Tympanometry (Mary Hare Training School) Nicola Green

Tahir Khan

Ella Malenchini

Jon McCarthy

Amanda McGilligan

Seamus McKenna

Jane Peyton

Annette Stege-Dean

Renee Van Ohlsen

Graham Warner

Alex Eaves

Kim Hiett

Lynne O’Mahony

Joanne Dale

BSA Certificate in Industrial Audiometry (Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust - Harriet Crook) Debbie Farrow

Tracey Froggatt

Natasha Rollitt

Justin Wilkinson

Sarah Wood

Michael Morrell

Jack Latus

William Latus

Joanne Meadows

Thomas Fairey

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Adults & over 5’s) (*Starkey) Elizabeth Heuston*

Sharon McVey

Michael Diamond

Lori Ross

Alison Orr

Danielle Randall

Kylie Hodge

Payton Williams*

Alison Williams

Christine Sawyer

Kathryn Howard

Deborah Chapman

Wendy Gregory

Mary Peters*

Gemma Green

Pamela Tokely

Daniel Mallin

Fiona Haughie

Anne Crosland

Claire Marshall

Jay Campbell

Fiona McGarry*

Conor Ryan

Richard D’Adamo

Rachael Barnett

Jakub Wiatr

Lyndsey Green

Francesca Yaxley

Rebecca Odlin

Katie Mills

Mark Ellis

Suzanne Moore



55 BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Adults & over 5’s) (T J Audiology) Mr Hicham El-kaissi

Natasha Greenhough

Marie Parker

Wioletta Krukowska

Man Yui Pat Chow

Louie Ruck

Ausra Karunaite

Adam Johnson

Joy Monaghan

Steven Wall

Jake Corns

Sean Horsman

Emma Milam

Josh Shires

Charles Densham

Casey Rowlings

Jo Collier

Adrian Heap

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy & Impression Taking (Paediatrics) (T J Audiology) Caroline Pocock

Sandra Sharratt

Juliet Morely

Jackie Creese

BSA Certificate in Industrial Audiometry (T J Audiology) Michelle Gluck Vicky James

Gillian Gluck

Patrick Thornton

Anthony Gregori

BSA Certificate in Basic Audiometry and Tympanometry (T J Audiology) Kalev Rabi

Lina Staroselets

Madis Pruler

Sandra Verk

Michelle Turnbull

Pat Chow

Merike Rabi

Congratulations to all candidates Details of all accredited course providers, together with information on providing accredited courses, are available from the BSA office and via the BSA website The BSA also retains a list of delegates who have completed accredited courses.

BSA Connections and Collaborations where we represent you March 2017 4th March, London, NICE scoping workshop on Hearing Loss 22nd March, London, UCL Student Careers day April 2017 11th April, Edinburgh Meeting with PinPoint to discuss BSA Media Clips 22nd April, Leicester Meeting with De Montfort University May 2017 13th May, Nottingham British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologist Annual Congress

June 2016 7th June, London Hearing and Deafness Alliance 27th June, Leicester Meeting with Leicester Royal Infirmary July 2016 8th July, Online Virtual Meeting with the Ida Institute

22nd September, Manchester The British Tinnitus Association Annual Conference 30th September, Westminster The Foundation for Science and Technology at the House of Lords October 2016 4th October, Derby

19th July, Westminster, London Launch of the National Commissioning Framework for Hearing Loss Services at the House of Commons

British Tinnitus Association

August 2016

Virtual meeting with the British Society

4th August, Birmingham Developing a population for a System of Care & the BSA Meeting,

November 2016

September 2016

16th May, Derby Meeting with the British Academy of Audiology

13th September, London Hearing and Deafness Alliance

18th May, Birmingham Hearing and Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting

15th - 16th September, Cork, Ireland European Federation of Audiological Societies Meeting

Meeting with the

31st October of Hearing Aid Audiologists

10th & 11th November, Glasgow The British Academy of Audiology’s Annual Conference 22nd November, Leicester Meeting with the British Academy of Audiologys




Essentials Organisational Members

Corporates Third and Public Sector Departmental

The partnership with Organisational 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 an Organisational 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 Organisational Members to share information and perspectives on the strategic direction of the BSA. Organisational Members have direct input to the Learning Events Group, 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 Manufacturers of VRA systems. Repair service of Audiometers, tympanometers and acoustics instruments. E: W:

INDUSTRIAL ACOUSTICS COMPANY LTD World leader in the design, supply and installation of high performance, state-of-the-art of Audiometric Rooms. E: W:

PHONAK UK Phonak offers latest product information, an interactive content about hearing and a specific children section W:

ADVANCED BIONICS A Sonova Brand – is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cuttingedge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. E: W:


PURETONE LIMITED Manufacturers of quality digital and analogue hearing aids, tinnitus management systems. E: W:

AUDITDATA LIMITED Auditdata provides office management systems for hearing clinics, innovative audiometry fitting systems, and hearing instrument testing. E: W:

OTICON LIMITED Oticon designs and manufactures both hearing solutions for adults, and specialized paediatric instruments. E: W:

QUIETSTAR With over 100 years collective experience within the design, manufacture, delivery and installation of noise control products and services, QuietStar Limited is fast becoming the UK’s leading noise control provider. E: W:

BIOSENSE MEDICAL LIMITED Biosense Medical supply specialist equipment for use in Audiology, Vestibular and Balance, Neurophysiology, Pressure Measurement, Human Movement and Biomechanics W:


SIVANTOS LIMITED Leader in the provision of digital hearing systems to the NHS and private hearing aids dispensers. E:

OTODYNAMICS LIMITED Otodynamics Ltd. pioneered OAE screening 25 years ago and sells a wide range of OAE screening and diagnostic instruments and makes in-house research and development its top priority E: W:

SPECSAVERS Specsavers is largest provider of the free NHS digital hearing aids and 60% of its 17.3m customers in the UK are from the NHS. W:

P C WERTH LIMITED PC Werth supplies calibrate and service the UK’s leading range of instruments for every diagnostic and audiology need. E: W:

THE TINNITUS CLINIC The Tinnitus Clinic is the leading provider of the latest evidence-based tinnitus treatments in the UK. W:


From product testing to research laboratory, Eckel noise control has played an integral role in technological advances in science, industry and commerce. Today, engineers and scientists utilise Eckel anechoic chambers and noise control products to improve the technology that affects our lives and the environment for our future. E: T: +44 (0)1276 471199 W:

GUYMARK UK LIMITED Guymark is a distributor of GSI audiological equipment, Vivosonic ABR equipment and Micromedical Technologies balance equipment E: W:


Interacoustics is the world’s leading provider of solutions for measurement and diagnosis within hearing and balance. With more than 45 years’ experience, Interacoustics prides itself on listening to and supporting its customers to deliver the very best diagnostic solutions for their patients. This is accomplished by maintaining a continuous dialogue with healthcare professionals working in all sectors of audiology, neurology and physiotherapy.


Oticon Medical is a global company in implantable hearing solutions, dedicated to bringing the magical world of sound to people at every stage of life. As a member of one of the world’s largest groups of hearing health care companies, we share a close link with Oticon and direct access to the latest advancements in hearing research and technologies. E: W:



Widex is a family owned company founded in Denmark in 1956. Today, it is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hearing aids. Widex hearing aids are sold in more than 100 countries around the world, and the company employs over 4,000 people worldwide. We develop digital technology at a level of quality that few can match, and this has forged our reputation as one of the most innovative manufacturers in the industry. W:

NATIONAL COMMUNITY HEARING ASSOCIATION We are the voice of community hearing care throughout the UK and are committed to better hearing care for all. E: W:

THE EAR FOUNDATION The Ear Foundation – bridging the gap between clinic-based services, where today’s exciting hearing technologies, such as cochlear implants & bone conducting hearing implants are fitted, and home, school and work where they are used in daily life. E: W:




THE BRITISH TINNITUS ASSOCIATION The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is a world leader, with a trained team of friendly and experienced advisers for anyone who experiences tinnitus or those simply seeking guidance or information about the condition. E: W:

Our highly skilled and experienced Audiologists provide a comprehensive Audiology and Hearing Aid Service for the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland region. We provide a range of specialist tests and individual management plans W: services_audiology-and-hearing-aid.aspx

DELTA is a voluntary association of young deaf adults, the families and teachers of deaf children and is a national charity which supports and develops the Natural Aural Approach to the education of deaf children. Both the Approach and the Association trace their origins back to a group of teachers of the deaf working together from 1980 to improve the outcomes for deaf children. W:

INSTITUTE OF HEARING RESEARCH, THE MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC) MRC improves the health of people in the UK – and around the world – by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists. We are a non-departmental public body funded through the government’s science and research budget. W:

Action on Hearing Loss is the largest UK charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality. W:


Our aim is to provide a high quality, patient focused, comprehensive service for Audiological and Vestibular impairments. Using the most up to date equipment our specialist teams provide a wide range of assessments, rehabilitation and habilitation in Adults and Children with various Audiological and Balance disorders. W: OurServicesA-Z/AudiologyandBalanceServices/ index.htm



Essentials Audacity Advertising rates THE BSA ADVERTISING RATES : 2016 / 17 The following rates are in to force on 1st June 2016 and will be in place for 12 months. The British Society of Audiology provides different methods of advertising opportunities which are listed below. All prices are subject to VAT Website Advertising (up to 2months) Cost (£) Jobs listing x 1* £ 355 Each additional job advertised* £ 225 Commercial courses/events £ 100 Non-commercial external events/courses £ 55 *

includes entry to that months e-Update

All courses are listed on our events page in day order and can be found here The website has on average 3,600 users each month and 14,500 unique page views. We collate statistics on the website on a quarterly basis which we can share with you.

Website Advertising (up to 12months) Commercial courses/events Non-commercial external events/courses

£ 955 £ 205

Mailshot to BSA members (in the BSA e-Update email) Job listings* £ 355 Each additional job advertised* £ 225 Commercial courses/events £ 105 Non-commercial courses/events £ 65 *

Technology Update per issue - advertisers can focus on industry update on new products or features. Your advert should be 200300 words and can include images £ 240 Single A4 sheet (flyer provided by the customer) £ 675 Single A4 sheet (B/W printed by BSA) £ 940

includes a 2-month website advert

The email is sent out on the 15th of each month to 1,300 contacts. The newsletter has an open rate of 35% in the first 6 months of running this. We can provide further statistics to you if required.

COMBINED ADVERT (Website for 2-month + one e-Update email) - 15% discount Commercial courses/events £ 175 Non-commercial external events/courses £ 100 Audacity Magazine: (per issue) - sponsors receive around 35% discount 1/2 Page (sponsors) colour £ 340 1/2 Page (non-sponsors) colour £ 520 Full A4 Page (sponsors) colour £ 570 Full A4 Page (non-sponsors) colour £ 890 Full page colour inside front or back cover (non-sponsor) £ 970 Full page colour inside front or back cover (sponsor) £ 630


Audacity Magazine - Special Rates (annually in both publications) - 15% discount Full page colour 2 issues (sponsor) 1/2 page colour 2 issues (sponsor) Full page colour 2 issues (non-sponsor) 1/2 page colour 2 issues (non-sponsor)

£ 970 £ 580 £ 1,780 £ 885

Print ready artwork Pass4Press PDF – Adverts must be supplied as Pass4press PDFs. To download settings for InDesign & QuarkXpress please visit PDFs generated with these settings will be compatible with our commercial printer. Please note that we do not accept the following: RGB, colour-managed or ICC profiles, non-embedded fonts, images lower that 150dpi and transparency. If any of these elements are in the artwork then a report will be generated, sent to the client and a replacement must be sent. Adverts to be typeset by publisher Word document - Please supply the raw text as a word document and supply any images and EPS, TIFF or JPG files separately. Production charges will be applied to adverts typeset by the publisher. For further information please see wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Audacity-Advert-Spec.pdf

2016 - 17 AUDACITY PUBLICATION SCHEDULE Advertisements (copy date deadline)

Audacity (dispatch date)

30th December 2016 1st July 2017

15th February 2017 15th August 2017

For more information please contact the BSA Administration Team by: Email: or Tel: 0118 966 0622

Save the Date! 16th and 17th



14th Annual Conference Bournemouth International Centre Highlights to include: The latest in Audiology research, education and expertise, with inspiring speakers and informative sessions Awards programme to acknowledge individuals and teams who have excelled in the Audiology profession Free paper and poster submission Dedicated tracks for students and associate Audiologists The largest UK Audiology exhibition Exciting social events and networking opportunities

@BAAudiology | #BAAConf British Academy of Audiology

Further information will be available at To add yourself to the event mailing list email

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