Neil SummerfieldReport by Neil Summerfield, Highly Specialist ENT Practitioner, Salford Royal Foundation Trust.


“Fantastic to be at a meeting that meets the needs of the students and the established practitioners, scientist and commercial quarters, it really is a meeting of minds and the BAA is a must on your appointments calendar”
David Baguley, Prof of Hearing Sciences, University of Nottingham and Specialist Advisor

“Fantastic event, enjoyed by all, the BAA have surpassed themselves again this year with a fantastic event and excellent scientific programme”
Sarah Vokes, President BSHAA

Following on from the 2016 conference in Glasgow the BAA headed to the south coast for its 14th annual conference at the Bournemouth International Centre. The two-day conference was a celebration and an insight in to the work carried out by audiological professionals during the last 12 months and a look to what will be influencing their work over the next 12 months and beyond.

Attendees were welcomed to the conference by outgoing President Michelle Booth who outlined the vision set out by the BAA board and conference organising committee for the conference and what she hoped the attendees would gain from the lectures and workshops. Following this attendees were treated to the Adrian Davies lecture ‘Disrupt Audiology: Turning Threats into Opportunities’ provided by David Fabry and the Keynote Lecture ‘Hidden Hearing in Humans’ provided by Chris Plack from the University of Manchester.

Following on from these opening lectures, the conference programme was a wide and varied package of lectures and workshops on every audiology subject possible, a sponsors track enabled conference sponsors to provide an insight into up and coming technology and a very popular ‘Back to Basics’ track was aimed at helping attendees expand their hands-on clinic practice and allowing them to inspire colleagues in the future.

As is tradition, the first day of the conference ended with the Gala Dinner which was an ‘80s themed disco featuring the Back to the Future Delorean car, retro arcade machines, ‘80s menu choices (Angel Delight for dessert) and a band playing all the ‘80s hits, as well a vast array of dayglo clothing, ‘80s fashion mistakes and fancy dress outfits.

Day two of the conference started in a similar way to day one with two fascinating lectures. The Bamford Lecture ‘Teenagers and Tele-audiology: Overcoming more than the challenge of distance?’ presented by Gwen Carr and the keynote lecture ‘Audiologists and Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: Should We “Swipe Right” on the New Technology?’ presented by Elizabeth Convery. Following on from these initial lectures the second day included lectures about tinnitus and ototoxicity, the assessment of children with chronic cholestasis, the use of new technology for patients suffering with conductive hearing loss and many more.

There were a lot of take home messages from the lectures over both days which will hopefully inspire the audiology profession over the next 12 months and beyond.

The conference was closed by incoming president Sue Falkingham who, like Michelle Booth in her opening speech, aimed to inspire and outline what she and the academy would be working on for the next 12 months to support the membership and the profession. She also opened the invite to next year’s conference which will take place in Liverpool on the 8-9 November 2018.