29th European Tinnitus Course

Posted by 2162 on June 7, 2018

29th European Tinnitus Course

Jun 09th - All Day

Course History:

Developed by Dr Ross Coles in the late 1970’s, last running in 2010 there have been 28 courses to date, making it one of the longest running tinnitus courses in the world. Since it’s conception there have understandably been many changes during this period; not only has the teaching faculty changed with time but our knowledge of tinnitus has also changed and with it the content of the course.

Course Structure:

Presenting modern concepts and management of tinnitus and hyperacusis in a multidisciplinary, evidence-based manner, the course will be comprised of smaller group sessions and traditional teaching. Over the 3 Days of the course you will cover the following areas:

Basic science, definitions and clinical assessment

Mainstream treatments

Special populations and other treatment modalities



Who Should Attend:

The course is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals in Audiology, Psychology, ENT and Audio Vestibular Medicine who have already acquired their basic proficiencies but are wishing to specialise in tinnitus. The course is also relevant to scientists undertaking research in the field of tinnitus and hyperacusis.

The Venue

thestudio | 51 Lever Street | Manchester | M1 1FN

Our new home at The Studio, Manchester is at the heart of the city and is a creative and vibrant learning space adaptable to the needs of this course with spaces where you can be at your most productive, with dedicated refreshment areas for relaxation and revival. Enjoy breaks on the large adjoining balcony, or relax in the open plan lounge suite where you can refuel from a locally sourced, nutritionally designed menu cooked by onsite chefs and unlimited refreshments.


The Programme

Thursday 7 June

08.00-09.00 Registration

Definitions, basic science and clinical assessment

09.00-09.20 1. Introduction and definitions of tinnitus

Dave Baguley

09.20-10.00 2. Basic sciences (A&P) and theories of pathophysiology

Dave Baguley

10.00-10.30 3. Epidemiology of tinnitus

Beth-Anne Culhane

10.30-10.50 Coffee

10.50-11.30 4. Impaired sound tolerance (hyperacusis)

Don McFerran

a. Definitions

b. Epidemiology

c. Pathophysiology

11.30-12.20 5. Psychology: impact of tinnitus

Laurence McKenna

12.20-13.20 Lunch

13.20-14.00 6. Medical assessment including imaging

Don McFerran

14.00-14.20 7. Audiological assessment

Beth-Anne Culhane

14.20-15.00 8. Measures

Beth-Anne Culhane and Don McFerran

a. Tinnitus

b. Hyperacusis

c. Mental health

d. General well-being

e. Sleep

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-17.00 9. Practical sessions

Group 1: Beth-Anne Culhane and Don McFerran

Group 2: Dave Baguley and Laurence McKenna

a. Discussion and reflection on the days lectures

b. Designing tinnitus research and audit projects

c. Relaxation exercises

Friday 8 June

Mainstream Treatments

08.30-09.00 10. Treatment general - Dave Baguley

a. Professional boundaries

b. Methods of care delivery

09.00-09.40 11. Treatment medical - Don McFerran

a. Syndromic tinnitus

b. Pulsatile tinnitus

09.40-10.20 12. Treatment: audiological 1 - Beth-Anne Culhane

a. Counselling, explanation

b. Environmental sound enrichment

c. Sound therapy

10.20-10.40 Coffee

10.40-11.20 13. Treatment: psychological 1 - Laurence McKenna

a. Recognising who needs psychological treatment

b. CBT

11.20-12.00 14. Treatment: audiological 2 - Beth-Anne Culhane

a. Audiologist-led CBT

b. Hearing aids

i. Tinnitus and hearing loss, no other issues

ii. Tinnitus, hearing loss and hyperacusis

iii. Tinnitus, hearing loss, hyperacusis and hypervigilance (e.g. PTSD and Acoustic Shock)

12.12.20 15. Treatment: audiological 2 - Dave Baguley

a. Cochlear implantation

12.20-13.00 16. Treatment: psychological 2 - Laurence McKenna

a. Relaxation

b. Mindfulness

c. ACT

13.00-13.30 Lunch

14.00-14.30 17. Treatment: audiological 3 - Dave Baguley

a. Impaired sound tolerance specific issues

14.30-15.10 18. Sleep and its management - Laurence McKenna

a. Psychological basis

b. Sleep management for audiologists and ENTs

15.10-15.30 19. Using external resources - David Stockdale

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 20. Practical sessions

Group 1: Dave Baguley and Laurence McKenna

Group 2: Beth-Anne Culhane and Don McFerran

a. Discussion and reflection on the days lectures

b. Structuring an initial tinnitus appointment and designing individual care plans

Saturday 9 June

Special Populations and Other Treatment Modalities

21. Special populations and variants of tinnitus

08.30-08-45 a. Armed forces and PTSD - Laurence McKenna

08.45-09.00 b. Acoustic shock - Don McFerran

09.00-09.15 c. Low frequency noise complaint - Don McFerran

09.15-09.30 d. Children - Dave Baguley

09.30-09.45 e. Musical hallucinations - Dave Baguley

09.45-10.00 f. Positive experiences of tinnitus - Dave Baguley

10.00-10.15 g. Sudden onset hearing loss - Beth-Anne Culhane

10.15-10.30 h. Single sided deafness - Beth-Anne Culhane

10.30-10.50 Coffee

22. Other treatment modalities

10.50-11.10 a. rTMS and other brain stimulation - Don McFerran

11.10-11.20 b. Portable devices - Don McFerran

i. Lasers

ii. Ultrasound

11.20-11.40 c. Drugs - Don McFerran

11.40-12.00 d. Novel sound therapies - Beth-Anne Culhane

12.00-12.20 e. Complementary / alternative therapies for tinnitus - Laurence McKenna

12.20-13.20 Lunch


13.20-13.50 23. Critical appraisal of tinnitus research

All speakers (Laurence McKenna chairing)

13.50-14.20 24. Accessing and staying up to date with tinnitus research

All speakers (Don McFerran chairing)

14.20-14.50 25. Tinnitus research and management: the future

All speakers (Dave Baguley chairing)


14.50-15.20 26. Q&A round table

All speakers (Beth-Anne Culhane chairing)


15.20-15.30 27. Conclusions and farewell