The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) 17th Annual Conference returned face-to-face on 18 and 19 November 2021, and was a great success.

The BAA Conference is the largest audiology conference in the UK and attracted over 500 delegates and 50 exhibitors across the two days. 

Highlighting the work of the BTA

Three people standing behind BTA stallWe ran a stall and were proud supporters of the event, speaking to an array of delegates who are experts in the field. We explained how the BTA responded to the pandemic, with achievements including maintaining our support services throughout the period for all but one day. We discussed how we set up webchat, helpline and email services to allow us to provide essential support remotely.

We received excellent feedback about the services we offer, including our resources provided to clinics for patients, research, tinnitus treatment sheets, and our ongoing support services for tinnitus patients, such as Take on Tinnitus and our wide range of webinars.

In addition to the direct services that we provide, we also highlighted the indirect support we offer in the form of training opportunities to healthcare professionals with an interest in tinnitus, including Tinnitus Adviser Training, and Assessment and Management in Children. We have received a high volume of interest in our upcoming training opportunities. If you are interested in training opportunities with the BTA, you can register now and we will be in touch once dates have been confirmed.

BTA session

Person standing on a stage giving a speechNot only did the BTA team talk to delegates who visited our stand, our very own Colette Bunker, Head of Services, presented Remote support for people with tinnitus; not just for pandemics? along with our Trustee, Dr Lucy Handscomb of UCL. This session discussed the impact of the BTA online support groups and the level of demand for them. It also explored our online tinnitus workshops, which were aimed at those new to tinnitus and unable to access their local tinnitus service due to Covid restrictions. Both our online support groups and online tinnitus workshops are still being delivered due to popular demand.

Prize-winning poster

Person in front of posterThe BAA Conference offered the opportunity for organisations to submit a poster to display the latest findings in the field. Topics included clinical, education, research, service innovation, and workforce abstracts. With nearly 100 posters on display, the BTA were delighted that our A patient perspective on definitions for tinnitus and tinnitus disorder research poster, produced by Dr Georgina Burns-O'Connell with contributions from Lucy Potter and Nic Wray, won Best Research Poster. This was a fantastic achievement for both the authors and the BTA.

If you were unable to attend The BTA Virtual Conference 2021, there is still the opportunity to purchase our post-conference tickets at a discounted rate. All materials and recordings will be available until October 2022.

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