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International Conference on Hyperacusis
July 2017, Guildford, UK
This event is suitable for audiologists and other
healthcare professionals who are involved in assessment and/or management of
patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis/misophonia.
This conference brings
together studies of audiology, mental health, neuroscience, psychoacoustic,
neurology, and other areas.
A wide range of plenary sessions, workshops and interactive sessions are planned
which offer practical guide for improving your clinical practice in
assessment and rehabilitation for tinnitus and hyperacusis patients.
you know that over 20% of patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis feel
discomfort during audiometry conducted based on the BSA recommended
Professor Brian C.J. Moore from the University of
Cambridge will discuss his latest research on the proportion of tinnitus and
hyperacusis patients for whom presentation levels based on the British Society
of Audiology (BSA) recommended procedures for pure tone audiometry and determination
of uncomfortable loudness levels (ULL) exceed ULLs, leading to discomfort
during administration of these procedures. He also will discuss the risk
factors and the consideration that audiologists need to take into account when
conducting audiometry and ULL tests in this population.
psychological assessment of hyperacusis acceptable to patients seen in NHS
Audiology clinics? What tools to use? When to refer?
Dr. Hashir Aazh from the Royal Surrey County
Hospital will discuss his latest research on the relevance and applicability of
psychological questionnaires to patients seeking help for tinnitus and/or
hyperacusis. He also will discuss the outcome of a risk ratio analysis that can
be used to select appropriate psychological questionnaires based on the
patient’s initial tinnitus or hyperacusis severity. This is particularly useful
if due to the time constraints in audiology clinics, audiologists may have to
limit the number of questionnaires used.
of audiologist-led cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for tinnitus and
hyperacusis? Feasibility and clinical effectiveness?
Anna Julia, psychologist, from the Royal Surrey
County Hospital will discuss her latest research on the components of the
audiologist-led CBT for tinnitus & hyperacusis, the proportion of patients
who might need this intervention, and its success rate.
misophonia a sub-type of hyperacusis or a symptomatic manifestation of an
underlying psychiatric disorder?
Professor Andrea E. Cavanna from the Department of
Neuropsychiatry, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health and University of
Birmingham will discuss his latest research on the relationship between
misophonia and physiological state and possible link with sensory symptoms
accompanying tic disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He will
discuss how exploration of this promising avenue might contribute to shed some
light on this relatively common yet poorly understood condition, as well as
improving the diagnostic process and treatment approach.
the loss of auditory nerve fibres lead to hyperacusis and/or tinnitus? How
this can be tested?
Professor Marlies Knipper from the Hearing Research
Centre Tübingen (Germany) will discuss the outcome of her latest research on
biological mechanism in the auditory system which could lead to hyperacusis and
and other auditory manifestations in the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Take
home messages for audiologists?
Professor Ali A. Danesh, Director of Audiology
Clinic, Florida Atlantic University (USA) will discuss the outcome of his
latest research on audiological evaluations in autistic spectrum disorder. He
also will discuss audiological assessment and management strategies for this
are the neural oscillatory correlates of hyperacusis in chronic tinnitus?
Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Postdoctoral Fellow in
Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Germany) will discuss the outcome of his latest
research on factors related to hyperacusis in chronic tinnitus.
is noise sensitivity and how is it different from hyperacusis? Can this
help audiologists and ENT in differential diagnosis?
Dr. Marja Heinonen-Guzejev from the Department of
Public Health at the University of Helsinki will discuss the outcome of her
latest research on sound processing and electro- and magneto encephalography
tests in noise sensitive individuals. She also will discuss possible
differences between noise sensitivity and hyperacusis.
people with hyperacusis react to ambient noise differently compared to
individuals with no hyperacusis? What is the effect of noise on their
cognitive performance? Implications of these for hearing aid use and
Dr. Linus Andersson and Johan Paulin from the
Department of Psychology, Umeå University (Sweden) will discuss their research
on how people who report being troubled by everyday sounds, compared with those
who do not, react to well-controlled ambient sounds. They investigated this by
means of an exposure chamber study, in which they measured perceptual ratings
of, and symptom reactions to continuous white noise.
Saturday, 8th July 2017
Hyperacusis Assessment & Brief
Instructor: Dr. Hashir Aazh
Application of brief interventions is
an important topic in modern healthcare as it encourages patients to lead
their own treatment and recovery as opposed to be dependent on the expert
therapist to heal them. Application of the brief interventions is even more
important in rehabilitation, behaviour change and management of chronic
conditions. This workshop equips the clinicians with the tools, advanced skills
and knowledge that help them to offer brief but to the point cognitive
behavioural and motivational therapeutic interventions for patients experiencing