University celebrates WHO World Hearing Day with brand new course


February 24th, 2021

The University is delighted to launch its first ever CPD course on Managing Hyperacusis in Adults and Children – a hearing condition where patients experience a reduced tolerance or increased sensitivity to everyday sounds to the point where they become intense and overwhelming.

The Hearing Sciences group at the University has a rich history of innovative and transformational research in this area. Its researchers and clinical academics contribute to courses and conferences around the world, but until now they have not made their own offering in terms of courses and structured teaching.

David Baguley, Professor in Hearing Sciences at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, explains:

“We are embarking on an exciting programme of CPD courses addressing topics where there is a clear need, using interactive and modern teaching techniques. It is hoped that delegates will engage and find inspiration to improve the outcomes of patients. The first topic, Hyperacusis is challenging in everyday life, and a clinical enigma, but substantial progress has recently been made in understanding the who and why of this condition, and treatment strategies.”

The course will be available entirely online and delivered across four weekly afternoon sessions, starting 28 April. It is suitable for audiologists, otolaryngologists, hearing therapists, ENT doctors, audiovestibular physicians, research and industry colleagues, clinical trainees, postgraduate students, and members of professional bodies.

This masterclass will equip professionals and trainees with comprehensive, current perspectives and contemporary research evidence on the effective management of hyperacusis in adults and children. It will be delivered in collaboration with world-leading colleagues, and speakers include professors, research fellows and doctoral students from the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre as well as Claire Benton, Head of Audiology at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Don McFerran, British Tinnitus Association Trustee, and recently retired Consultant ENT Surgeon.

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. This year’s theme is “Hearing Care for all! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate” and it will mark the launch of the WHO’s first-ever World Report on Hearing.

If you would like to find out more about Managing Hyperacusis in Adults and Children, visit: www.nottingham.ac.uk/Medicine/Events/2021/Managing-Hyperacusis-in-Adults-and-Children.aspx or contact the Professional and Work-based Learning Team.

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