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This year we again aim to have a strong clinical focus to our conference, this together with sessions that cover current research and basic science this will enable you to have a well-rounded experience with new knowledge and skills to take back to your department. Key sessions will cover topics such as listening fatigue, disruptive technologies, hearing and learning disabilities, telehealth, improving efficiency, building resilience in deaf children and middle ear implants.
We are continuing with our streamlined programme with only 3 main parallel tracks, there will be early morning discussion groups and workshops and we are bringing back the popular ‘All You Need to Know’ sessions. New for 2017 are a series of Back to Basics tutorials, these are a series of practical skills sessions that will cover a range of topics aimed at those wanting to refresh their knowledge or for those about to start in a new area of clinical work. Topics included are hearing aid features, counselling skills, ear moulds, testing children on ENT clinics and tinnitus.
We are also introducing a session for discussion of case studies, covering all aspects of clinical work delegates are invited to submit cases for discussion to facilitate problem solving, shared learning and examples of good practice.
On Thursday 16th November there will be a breakfast workshop hosted by the BAA Service Quality Committee explaining some of the work they do on our behalf. The conference will be officially opened by Michelle Booth, President of BAA, who will then introduce the Adrian Davis lecture. This year it is being delivered by Dave Fabry who will be talking about the recent deregulation of hearing aids in the US and the implications for us. Dr Richard Tyler will follow with his keynote lecture on the future of CBT in tinnitus clinics.
Following the keynote lectures will be the first part of this year’s BAA Awards ceremony.
After refreshments the morning continues with the first of the breakout sessions, with a choice of talks and a stream dedicated to the research carried out by our platinum sponsors. We will also start our Back to Basics tutorials; numbers for these will be limited so make sure you book your place.
The afternoon begins with the Annual General Meeting which all current BAA members are welcome to attend to hear reports of the work carried out over the last year and listen to proposed changes ahead. For any non-members poster and exhibition viewing continues on from lunch time. Following this the breakout sessions resume with the ‘All You Need to Know’ series.
The last session of the day takes place in the main auditorium and this year is an update and round table discussion on Future-proofing your workforce: Apprenticeships in Audiology
This year the Bamford Lecture is given by Gwen Carr on telehealth with teenagers. This will be following by a keynote lecture from Elizabeth Convery on self-fitting of hearing aids. The second half of the BAA Awards ceremony takes place just before morning break.
Friday continues with further breakout sessions, with a case study section for open discussions and debate, more ‘All You Need to Know’ sessions and input from our Platinum sponsors. We continue the high quality talks and free papers on subjects such as hidden hearing loss, tinnitus in oncology patients, predictors of recovery in vestibular patients and how to become a head of department!
After a round up of the highlights of the two days by Will Brassington, we will have final words from Sue Falkingham, the Incoming President of BAA.
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