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Meet the Speakers – BSHAA Congress 2017

We have a stunning line-up of speakers at the 2017 BSHAA Congress and a truly world-class education programme on offer.

Alongside the exhibition – the largest UK trade show for the retail hearing care profession – professionals have the opportunity to reflect and incorporate learning into their day-to-day practice. Real professional development in action.


Professor James W Hall III

Clinical indicators of onward referral: how and when to refer (Saturday, 2pm)

James W Hall III PhD is an internationally recognised audiologist with 40 years of clinical, teaching, research and administrative experience. He received a Bachelors degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree in speech pathology from Northwestern University and his PhD in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of James Jerger.

Dr Hall has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centres and now holds academic appointments as Professor (part-time) at the University of Hawaii and Salus University in the US, numerous adjunct and visiting professor positions, and also as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He’s also president of James W Hall III Audiology Consulting LLC.

Dr Hall’s major clinical, research and teaching interests are clinical electrophysiology, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus, hyperacusis and audiology applications of tele-health. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs or book chapters, and nine textbooks including the 2014 Introduction to Audiology Today and the 2015 eHandbook of Auditory Evoked Responses.

Horst Warncke

Brain-controlled hearing devices: hearing instrument-based qualification of neurological responses to personalise digital signal processing (Saturday, 3pm)

Horst Warncke studied medical technology in Hamburg from 1979 to 1983. Since 1984 he has been with Oticon GmbH in Hamburg as their Head of Audiology. He also contributes to the Technical Commission of the German Association of the Hearing Instruments Industry and is a member of the advisory board of the German Society of Audiology (DGA) and the hearing aid standards committee.

Professor Les Mayhew

Listen Up! The value of ageing, living and hearing well (Saturday, 3.30pm)

Professor Mayhew is a professor of statistics at Cass Business School, in the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, and is the managing director of Mayhew Harper Associates Ltd. He is a former senior civil servant with almost 20 years of experience in the Department of Health and Social Security, Department of Social Security, HM Treasury and Office for National Statistics, where he was also a director.

He is an associate research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, an honorary fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a member of the Royal Economic Society. He is widely published and specialises in demographic ageing, health and social care, and pensions.

Hélène Amieva

Does better hearing slow cognitive decline? (Friday, 10.50am)

Hélène Amieva is Professor of Psychogerontology at Bordeaux University. She is head of the INSERM research team called “Psychoepidemiology of ageing and chronic disease” that involves epidemiologists, psychologists, geriatricians and neurologists. With about 150 articles published in international medical journals, her expertise is in the field of epidemiology of cognitive ageing, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She is co-director of the Master Psychogerontology and Public Health of Bordeaux University. Since 2011, Helene Amieva has also been the general secretary of the French Society of Neuropsychology.

Dr Robert DiSogra

Ear canal anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to hearing healthcare clinics (Friday, 5.05pm) Nutraceuticals for tinnitus: helpful or harmful? (Saturday, 10.55am) Drug side effects on audiological investigations (Friday and Saturday breakout session)

Robert M. DiSogra Au.D is an independent audiology consultant based in New Jersey, USA. He had been in private practice for 30 years prior to transferring ownership in 2015. He received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. He holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Education from St. John’s University. Dr DiSogra developed and taught the Pharmacology/Ototoxicity distance learning course at Salus University for five years and is an adjunct lecturer at Salus.

In 2016 Dr DiSogra was the recipient of the Dr Joel Wernick Award from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology for his educational contributions within the fields of audiology and hearing science. He was also recognized as the Alumnus of the Year from Salus University in 2013. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Osborne College of Audiology Advisory Board at Salus University.

Alinka Greasley

Understanding and addressing the needs of musicians in clinic (Friday, 3.10pm)

Alinka Greasley is an Associate Professor of Music Psychology at the School of Music at the University of Leeds. She specialises in social-psychological research into people’s musical preferences and listening behaviour, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and is currently Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded project ‘Hearing Aids for Music’ which is exploring how hearing impairments and the use of hearing aid technology affect music perception and appreciation.

She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research. She is also a violinist, pianist and DJ.

Professor Brian Moore

Selecting and programming hearing aids for listening to music (Friday, 3.40pm)

Professor Moore is Emeritus Professor of Auditory Perception at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society. He has written or edited 20 books and over 640 scientific papers and book chapters.

He has been awarded the Littler Prize and the Littler Lecture of the British Society of Audiology, the Silver and Gold medals of the Acoustical Society of America, the first International Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology, the Award of Merit from the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the Hugh Knowles Prize for Distinguished Achievement from Northwestern University, and an honorary doctorate from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.

Professor David Baguley

Translating research into clinical practice (Saturday, 10.10am)

Professor David Baguley is Professor in Hearing Sciences/Deputy Director of Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit. After studying Psychology and then Audiology at the University of Manchester, and a time working at the MRC IHR Clinical Outstation in Cardiff, David worked clinically at Cambridge University Hospitals.

He was the Head of Audiology for over 25 years, and latterly additionally Head of Hearing Implants and of Newborn Hearing Screening. David has written extensively, and has published over 150 peer review papers on a range of topics in Audiology and Otology. His specific research interests are in tinnitus and hyperacusis, and the textbooks he has written, edited and contributed to have been in these areas. He is also a Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University.

Adele Goman

Hearing loss and healthy ageing (Friday, 10.15am)

Adele Goman is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center on Ageing and Health and the Department of Otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA. She currently works with Dr Frank Lin to investigate the prevalence of different types of hearing loss and the impact that hearing loss among older adults has on health and functional outcomes.

Adele received her PhD in Psychology from the University of York in 2015. Her PhD investigated the clinical and cost-effectiveness of bilateral and bimodal cochlear implantation for UK adults.

Rory Kewney

Clinical decision making: selecting, fitting an maximising the benefit of technologies for the specific needs of the client (Saturday, 2.30pm)

Rory qualified with SieTech in 1996 under the Hearing Aid Council examination system and since then has continued to actively dispense hearing aids. He has worked for national companies, smaller independents and runs his own private practice. He also lectured on the FdSc in Audiology at Anglia Ruskin University for three years before taking up his current position of Clinical Director at UK Hearing Care.

Rory has served on the BSHAA Professional Development Committee for several years and prior to this was one of the examiners for the Hearing Aid Council. He believes that as a profession we should offer the most evidence-based, patient-centred consultation we possibly can. In order to achieve this we must constantly learn and apply those lessons to our everyday practice.

Dr Gyl Kasewurm

Taking your business from fine to fabulous (Friday, 11.25am) Help! I’m surrounded by competition. How to maintain a competitive edge (Friday and Saturday breakout session)

Dr Gyl Kasewurm, graduate of the AuD program at Central Michigan University, owns a long-standing private practice in Michigan. Despite being located in a rural community of only 10,000 people, the single office generates 10 times the gross revenue of the average practice in this country. Dr Kasewurm is a well-known author and sought-after speaker and prides herself on her advice on taking a practice from Fine to Fabulous.

You can follow her on Facebook at or on Twitter @gylkasewurm

James Jackson

Objective biomarkers of tinnitus distress (Saturday, 11.25am)

James is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and an MSc (Psychology) and a PhD (Psychology) awarded by the University of Hull. His doctorate considered the effects of tinnitus on concentration and task performance. Research interests include how tinnitus affects different individuals, how personality affects tinnitus distress, and whether objective measurement of tinnitus is possible. He is also interested in the concept of ‘mental toughness’ and how personality and environment moderate pain tolerance.


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Meet the Speakers – BSHAA Congress 2017