The BTA Virtual Conference 2021 drew to a close on Friday, and it was a fantastic success!

Aimed at audiologists, ENTs, GPs, hearing care professionals, psychologists, tinnitus support groups and researchers, 300 people from 25 countries enjoyed a full programme of 20 online lectures and seminars, joined in the live Q&A sessions, and networked with others across five days.

Due to uncertainty over Covid restrictions, during planning, and because of the success of our first online conference in 2020, we decided to stick to virtual this year. It gave us the opportunity to host international experts from countries including Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Europe. The virtual event also attracted attendees from across the globe, with people logging in from far and wide, including Belgium, Canada, Chile, India, South Africa, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

Each day was themed – including the psychology of tinnitus, practical skills and the latest in tinnitus research – with topics ranging from paediatric tinnitus, PTSD management and tinnitus, and the impact of tinnitus on professional musicians.

The most popular session of the week was ‘Tinnitus and psychological symptoms in adult cochlear implant recipients’, which was presented by Dr Robert Pierzycki from the University of Nottingham – with over 162 people logging in live. Other highlights included Professor David Baguley’s session on ‘Insights into tinnitus and hyperacusis and their association with general/mental health, from the Busselton Healthy Ageing Study’ and ‘Traumatic exposures and their influence on tinnitus’, presented by Dr Marc Fagelson.

Echoing last year’s conference, it was particularly encouraging to see high levels of engagement from attendees with the live Q&A sessions after the presentations. The online format gave the chance for more questions – no delay in waiting for the roving mic – and people really took advantage of the opportunity to interact.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, particularly our headline sponsor, Lenire, for making the conference possible.

The sessions will be available online for the next twelve months for attendees. For those who have missed out, post-event access for all the sessions can be purchased at https://www.btaconference2021tickets.co.uk/bta