This West Yorkshire Professional Development Day took place at the Holiday Inn (Leeds-Bradford) on December 1st. The event had been originally scheduled for September but was postponed because of lack of support for that date. However the event organiser Barry Downes said that the small but enthusastic audience who had turned out for the event, enjoyed the packed programme.
"Any colour as long as it’s black .... Individualising clinical audiology practice" was the title of a presentation by Professor Kevin Munro, from the University of Manchester, a speaker well known and appreciated speaker at BSHAA events. Professor Munro said audiologists tended to categorise patients by their audiograms and sometimes relied too much on this single measure for making decisions about hearingaids and rehabilitation. Although this could be helpful, it could also lead to problems and looking beyond the audiogram was essential.
Peter Byrom BSc (Audiology), RHAD, the Audiology Lead in the Primary Ear Care and Audiology Services at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust spoke on the boundaries for the management of tinnitus for an HAD. Key questions he answered were "How can I become more involved in the management of tinnitus?" and "What training opportunities are available?".