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Hearing Aids: The Inside Track

An Update and Refresher Course on Hearing Aid Technology, Current Hearing Aids on NHS Contract, and Core Rehabilitation Principles

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Tuesday 2 July 2019 - Thursday 4 July 2019
Course fee:
£296.00
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The Hayes Conference Centre
Swanwick
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 1AU

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Residential course

Accommodation is available at the Conference Centre, at the additional cost of

  • £60 per night en-suite
  • £45 per night non en-suite (shared bathroom)

Accommodation includes bed and breakfast, and evening meal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Accommodation can be booked once registration opens for the course. Please note that accommodation cannot be booked directly with the venue.

Information

This course is for any Audiologist or Hearing Aid Practitioner who would like an update on current hearing aid technology and its clinical application, or who would like to develop their understanding in this area. No prior in-depth technical knowledge is required.

This course draws on the extensive expertise of the training staff who work for hearing aid manufacturers, and will include insights into the rationale behind the technology and its application. Our aim is to give confidence to: optimise and individualise settings, critically appraise best practice in light of changing technology, and obtain resources for reflection and CPD.

Topics include compression strategies, noise reduction, directionality, feedback management, open fittings, telecare, prescriptive formulae, REM signals and protocols, VSM, test-box measurements, verification, speech tests, connectivity, fitting profound and challenging hearing losses.

There will be presentations on each manufacturer’s NHS hearing aid range and the current features of these hearing aids. Insights will also be given on new developments and emerging technology. Short talks throughout the course give opportunity to reflect on key principles in hearing loss rehabilitation.

This course relates to adult hearing aid provision. It does not address paediatric provision, complex needs, or service management issues.

We will have Aurical and Unity systems demonstrated at the course, with thanks to Otometrics and Sivantos for this equipment loan.

Course faculty
This faculty is from the 2018 course.

Alison Stone

Training Manager and Audiologist
Oticon Ltd

Heather Dowber

NHS Manager
GN ReSound Ltd

Rob Ryman

Business Development Manager
Sivantos Ltd

Amy Lennox

Director / Specialised Audiologist
Hypatia Training Ltd
Hypatia Dizziness & Balance Clinic

Chris Cartwright

Audiology Development Manager
Phonak Group Ltd

Dr Christine DePlacido

Principal Clinical Scientist
Fife

Course programme

This programme is from the 2018 course.

Tuesday 17th July 2018
8.45 Registration and Coffee
9.00 Welcome
Anne Davies
9.10 Course Introduction
Heather Dowber
9.25 Compression and Low-Level Expansion [40mins]
Graham Hilton
10.10 Rehab Session # 1 – Reflection 1 [30 mins]
Dr Christine DePlacido
10.40 Break
10.55 Noise Reduction [35 mins]
Heather Dowber
11.35 Directional Microphones [40 mins]
Alison Stone
12.15 Discussion & Questions
Amy Lennox & Alison Stone
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Speech-in-Noise Assessment [30 mins]
Amy Lennox
2.05 Feedback Management [25 mins]
Alison Stone
2.35 Hearing Aid Manufacturer: GN Resound [30 mins]
Heather Dowber
3.05 Break
3.20 Open-fit Technology & Earmoulds [30mins]
Heather Dowber
3.55 Telecare [30 mins]
Rob Ryman
4.30 Rehab Session # 2 – Listening Exercises [30 mins]
Dr Christine DePlacido
5.00 Discussion & Questions
Amy Lennox & Alison Stone
5.15 Close of day
Wednesday 18th July 2018
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Prescriptive formulae [30 mins]
Rob Ryman
9.35 Challenging Audiograms [40 mins]
Chris Cartwright
10.20 Rehab Session # 3 – Reflection 2 [30 mins]
Dr Christine DePlacido
10.50 Break
11.05 Hearing Aid Manufacturer: Phonak [30 mins]
Graham Hilton
11.40 REM # 1 [35 mins]
Rob Ryman
12.15 Discussion & Questions
Amy Lennox & Chris Cartwright
12.30 Lunch
1.30 REM # 2 [35 mins]
Rob Ryman
2.10 Connectivity [30 mins]
Graham Hilton
2.45 Hearing Aid Manufacturer: Sivantos [30 mins]
Rob Ryman
3.15 Break
3.30 New Technology [20 mins]
Chris Cartwright
3.55 Rehab Session # 4 – Outcomes & Benefit [40 mins]
Dr Christine DePlacido
4.40 Fitting Profound Hearing Losses [30 mins]
Chris Cartwright
5.10 Discussion & Questions
Amy Lennox & Chris Cartwright
5.25 Close of day
Thursday 19th July 2018
8.45 Coffee
9.00 The Most Challenging Patients [20 mins]
Chris Cartwright
9.20 Speech Tests [40 mins]
Amy Lennox
10.05 Fitting Asymmetrical Hearing Loss [30 mins]
Alison Stone
10.35 Break
10.50 Test-Box Measurements [30 mins]
Amy Lennox
11.20 Rehab Session # 5 – using info obtained [30 mins]
Dr Christine DePlacido
11.55 Discussion & Questions
Amy Lennox & Alison Stone
12.15 Lunch
1.15 Hearing Aid Manufacturer: Oticon [30 mins]
Alison Stone
1.50 Verification of Product Features [30 mins]
Amy Lennox
2.25 Discussion & Questions
Amy Lennox & Alison Stone
3.00 Course Review
Anne Davies
3.30 Close of Course
Comments from previous delegates

“A brilliant course, and very well run.”

“A fantastic refresher and update.”

“Speakers were all enthusiastic, helpful and approachable – inspiring to be around their passion for audiology.”

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee. Accommodation (bed and breakfast) is available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at a discounted rate, and is booked on this website with the course registration.

The course fee includes lunch but does not include evening meal. Evening meal on Tuesday and Wednesday is available for residential delegates only, and is included in the accommodation booking at no extra charge.

Leaving the course early on the final afternoon is not advised. Train travel from Alfreton station should be booked for no earlier than 4.15pm, or from Derby station no earlier than 4.30pm.

Methods of payment

Purchase order number and invoice address (supplier: Anne Davies Audiology Courses)
Cheque (payable to Anne Davies Audiology Courses)
Credit / debit card
Monthly instalments by direct debit (UK customers). Two payments of 50% over two months, or three payments of 33.3% over three months, interest free.

If you are travelling from overseas and require a visa: once you register and pay, we can provide a letter confirming your place on the course. Please contact us to discuss.

Download the 2018 course flyer
Download the 2018 course flyer
Download the 2018 course programme
Download the 2018 course programme

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