Report by Fei Zhao, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK and Prof Deborah Hall, University of Nottingham, UK
'2018 Advanced Tinnitus Seminar’ drew around 200 ENT specialists and other hearing healthcare practitioners from across China to spend two days learning about some of the latest approaches to tinnitus. This year, the meeting took place from 31 March - 1 April at the First People’s Hospital of Foshan, Foshan City in Guangzhou province. This event was jointly organised by the following organisations and institutions:
• Chinese Academy of Audiological Rehabilitation
• Hearing and Speech Academy, Guangdong Rehabilitative Medicine Association
• School of Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation, Xinhua College, Sun Yat-sen University
• The First People’s Hospital of Foshan
• Hannan Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Hospital
• Zhuhai People’s Hospital
• It was sponsored by Foshan Bozy Medical Technology Co, Ltd.
The committee invited four lectures from international experts. Wei Sun (State University at Buffalo, New York, USA) started the seminar session by summarising current knowledge about the neural mechanisms of tinnitus. The focus for the rest of day one contrasted a biomedical model of tinnitus with a bio-psychosocial perspective emphasising patient-centred care that empowers the patient to make joint decisions with the hearing healthcare practitioner. On this topic presentations were given by Fei Zhao (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK), Lindsay St Claire (University of Bristol, UK), and Prof Deborah Hall (University of Nottingham, UK). Local speakers included Binbin Xiong, Yuanxin Zhao, Xiaojun Wu. Day two mainly focused on the latest developments in tinnitus assessment and intervention, together with issues in practice. The delegates from different backgrounds shared their experience, and many questions were discussed.
The Advanced Tinnitus Seminar provides a wonderful forum for networking across early-career and senior ENT colleagues, as well as international delegates. It is a welcoming space to promote better understanding of tinnitus assessment and management, and to appreciate cultural differences in tinnitus concepts.