3rd International Conference on Hyperacusis

Posted by 2563 on July 6, 2017

3rd International Conference on Hyperacusis

Jul 06th - All Day

3rd International Conference on Hyperacusis

6-7 July 2017, Guildford, UK

Website: http://hyperacusisresearch.co.uk/

Email: admin@hyperacusisresearch.co.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. Provisional programme is attached. 



  • Did you know that over 20% of patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis feel discomfort during audiometry conducted based on the BSA recommended procedure?

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. 

  • Is 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.

  • Outcome 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.   

  • Is 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.

  • Does 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 tinnitus perception.  

  • Hyperacusis 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 population.     

  • What 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.

  • What 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.

  • Do 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 occupational health?     

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.

Post-conference workshop

Saturday, 8th July 2017

Hyperacusis Assessment & Brief Intervention

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 hyperacusis.