Talks | British Tinnitus Association

There are a mix of Talks and Sessions running all day which are repeated every two hours, giving you ample opportunity to get around everything you want to see during your time at the Expo. Our sessions will be delivered by a range of Professionals and Medical Experts, with such a varied programme there is something for everyone. 

1. Will there ever be a cure?

A chance to see the BTA ‘Map to a Cure’ which has been devised through consultation with researchers and experts across the world to see what needs to happen in order to find a cure. 

2. Understanding the habituation process?

What does it mean to habituate and how do I do it? The length of time habituation can take varies from person to person in this session Tony Kay, Head of Audiology Services in Aintree Hospital will give tips, advice and information on the process.

3. My treatment choices

Researchers at Aston University have devised a Tinnitus Decision Aid to help clinicians and patients work together, in this session one of the experts behind the model will discuss how you can use it to find the right treatment option for you.

4. Tinnitus and hearing aids

Senior NHS Audiologists will present information and advice on how and why hearing aids can work and explore how combination devices and tinnitus maskers can also be used to reduce tinnitus.

5. Drugs and tinnitus

Many people with tinnitus worry that certain drugs or medicines may have caused their tinnitus, in this session Co-Author of Living with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis’ ENT Consultant Don McFerran will share his expert knowledge.

6. Introduction to bone conduction technology

There are a number of reasons as to why bone conduction technology is of interest to people living with tinnitus, the method by which sound is delivered to the ear through the cheekbones means listening to music is possible leaving the ear canal clear and open. The technology is also potentially life changing for those with hearing loss or deafness. 

7. Tinnitus research roundup  

The Chief Executive of the BTA will be summarising the latest in research developments and where funding is going in the work towards a cure.

8. Tinnitus and sleep disturbance

Talk to virtually anyone with tinnitus and they’ll tell you it’s worse at night. Laurence McKenna, the second Co-Author of ‘Living with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis’, is currently conducting research trials into tinnitus related insomnia and will share his expertise on this troublesome topic.

9. Supporting someone with tinnitus

Research has shown that people living with tinnitus who have an understanding support network can recover from the distress of tinnitus quicker than those who manage it alone. In this session Steve Harrison, Director of the non-profit organisation Tinnitus Hub, which manages the online support community Tinnitus Talk, will talk about how best to care for your loved ones.

10. Tinnitus and me

We will have a mix of people joining us to share their own experiences of tinnitus, their coping mechanisms and management techniques .

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