Audiology Planet Presents: Professional Development Newsletter. March 2017

Buzzing on Social Media:

  1. Some great tips here: ‘Why Do I Get Dizzy During Workout Classes?’
  1. Common questions about assessment and management of auditory processing disorder
  1. How to fall asleep with tinnitus- great article with lot of practical tips
  1. Hidden hearing issues- synapse loss or myline/heminode damage. If you don’t look beyond PTA- you don’t find it

Recent interesting papers with free full text links:

  1. Towards a unified testing framework for single-sided deafness studies: A consensus paper. (Van de Heyning, 2016). Full text:

International consensus statement recommending minimum outcome measures for SSD management (CROS-HA, BC devices, and CI treatment) as (1) speech in noise testing comparing binaural benefits such as summation, squelch, and head shadow (2) localization testing (3) questionnaires to collect quality of life measures and the frequency of device use; and (4) questionnaires for assessing the impact of tinnitus before and after treatment, if applicable.

  1. Cochlear neuropathy in human presbycusis: confocal analysis of hidden hearing loss in post-mortem tissue. (Viana et al, 2015). Full text:

Recent animal work has suggested that cochlear synapses are more vulnerable than hair cells in both noise-induced and age-related hearing loss. The condition results in perfectly normal audiogram but difficulty in speech perception hence the term ‘hidden hearing loss’. Furthermore, even after noise exposures causing only transient threshold elevation and no hair cell loss, there can be immediate and irreversible loss of 40–50% of the cochlear nerve synapses on inner hair cells. Type ‘Cochlear Synaptopathy’ in Pubmed for more recent work on diagnosis of ‘hidden hearing loss’.

  1. Auditory neuropathy–neural and synaptic mechanisms. (Moser and Starr, 2016)

Review article brilliantly explaining the current thinking around the pathophysiology of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. This, of course, has repercussion on choice of management options for ANSD.

  1. Bilateral congenital deafness: What investigations should be performed? (Gürtler et al, 2017). Full text:[identifier]=smw.2017.14416

 Review of n=92 studies. Identifying that around the world, common examinations in congenital hearing impairment are imaging, genetic testing, neuropaediatric and ophthalmological evaluations, electrocardiograms and cytomegalovirus analysis.

 Forthcoming courses:

  1. BSHAA Webinar: Marketing Your Hearing Practice Using Purple Cows in a Blue Ocean

This webinar will cover how popular marketing concepts, strategies and skills can be applied to growing a hearing practice. Learn how to attract new patients, increase business and differentiate your practice in a crowded and ever-changing market place.

When: 04/04/2017 at 19.00; Where: Online

  1. BSHAA Congress: With a great line up of national and international speakers, an amazing social program with a talent show, charity golf day and world class exhibition with the very latest and best of technology and products related to audiology, this Congress is not to be missed

When: 12th and 13th May 2017; Where: Colchester, Essex

More information on BSHAA events is available at:

  1. Auditory Processing Disorder Workshop: This workshop has just the right mixture of theory, practical and mentorship with leading international names in audiology. Dr James Hall, who has more than 40 years of experience in audiology, will share his experience to teach how auditory processing ability can be assessed and APD can be managed via evidenced based procedures. The workshop will also benefit from contribution of Dr Harvey Dillon via a video link from Australia.

When: 15th and 16th May 2017; Where: Greenwich, London

Watch the introductory video here:

  1. The Paediatric Audiology Course: This is an extremely popular, world class paediatric audiology course with content mainly catered for paediatric audiologists. Confirm speakers- Dr Susan Scollie, Dr Josephine Marriage, Dr Jay Jindal and Gwen Carr. Focus of the event will be on holistic approach to paediatric assessment and amplification. Key discussion topics include: 1) Assessment of children with objective testing (including auditory monitoring via otoacoustic emission); 2) Optimising amplification via verification and validation of hearing device fitting; 3) Translating clinical excellence into high quality child and family centred care. There will be plenty of practical workshops (for OAE/reflexes; RECD/REM and implementation of a child/family centred care pathway) and ongoing mentorship opportunities to maximise the learning.

When: 23rd to 25th May, 2017; Where: Greenwich, London

More information on above two courses is available at If you are interested in attending, you must hurry up and get in touch. Spaces are filling fast.