Interacoustics Balance Masterclass

Posted by 2162 on May 20, 2019

Interacoustics Balance Masterclass

May 22nd - All Day

Interacoustics Balance Masterclass

Dates: 20th to 22nd May 2019

Venue: Principal Hotel York

Course Programme:

This 3 day course is designed to deliver the foundation of knowledge needed to conduct the assessment of the dizzy patient. Through theory and practical workshops the performance of vestibular assessments will be applied to clinical practice. On completion participants will have an understanding of vestibular disorders, there descriptions and understand the technologies to locate, identify recognise vestibular dysfunction. The emphasis of this course is on small group work to ensure maximum learning opportunities for all participants. As such places are limited and early booking is recommended.

Day 1 Building a foundation through knowledge 

Intended Learning Outcomes

   Describe the anatomy & physiology of the vestibular / balance system

   Explore how patients reported symptoms can fit with patterns of pathology

   Discuss & demonstrate how to perform bedside assessments to inform the assessment strategy

Morning session

Applied Anatomy & Physiology of the Vestibular / Balance system

The art of taking a ‘balance’ history / clinical examination

Prevalence of dizziness and related pathologies

Afternoon session

Bedside testing of the patient

What are the steps of when making a differential diagnosis?

(plus hands on workshops in using video frenzel goggles and Bertec forceplate for CTSIB

Day 2 Assessment of the 5 vestibular end organs

Intended Learning Outcomes

   Understand the theory and application of objective measurement of the vestibular organ

   Perform assessment of semi-circular function using vestibular ocular reflexes for objective measurement

   Perform assessment of otolith function using cervical and ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials

   To discuss and apply the findings of vHIT and VEMP in the context of quantifying vestibular function


Morning session – Semi Circular Canal assessment (Video Head Impulse Testing)

Introduction to vHIT and Theoretical Background

Hands on workshop on performing 6 semi-circular canal assessments

vHIT artifacts and how to over-come them

Hands on workshop to improve vHIT technique


Afternoon session – Otolith organ assessment (Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials)

Introduction to VEMP and Theoretical Background

Hands on demonstration and (see and do) workshop to perform Cervical VEMP

Hands on demonstration and (see and do) workshop to perform Ocular VEMP

Clinical application - How to put the 5 end organ picture together

Day 3 Interpreting eye movements – Videonystagmography

Intended Learning Outcomes

   Understand the theory and application of objective measurement of eye movements when assessing the dizzy or imbalanced patient

   To measure and perform eye recordings in gaze, movement, and ear specific testing through Videonystagmography

   To discuss and apply the findings of vestibular assessments in the context of quantifying vestibular function, identifying the identity of dysfunction, and gaining clarity in reporting findings


Morning session

Calibration and Gaze Testing

The Oculomotor Examination

Hands on workshop – data interpretation

Positional / Positioning Testing & associated nystagmus

Interactive session / quiz – video eye movement interpretation

Afternoon session

Caloric testing - Ear specific testing

Background revisited, how to interpret, and clinical considerations

Hands on workshop – Performing the caloric test

Clinical application – Reporting on test findings & bringing them together when making a report




Faculty: (I can provide pictures of these guys if you think that would work better - just let me know)

Our faculty comprises of speakers with international reputations and proven track records in teaching.

Dr Jas Sandu

MPhys MBChB MSc PhD CS (Aud)

Jas Sandhu has been involved in the care of patients with audiovestibular dysfunction for over ten years. He is a clinical scientist in Audiology and has been awarded the Institute of Acoustics DW Robinson prize and the British Academy of Audiology Richard May medal for his work. His education is underpinned with degrees in physics from the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge respectively. He has a medical degree from Leicester University and is currently completing his surgical training in otolaryngology in Yorkshire. His clinical interests relate to balance disorders and his research is focussed on objective vestibular assessment techniques including the VHIT and VEMP modalities. His has authored many seminal papers and delivers lectures both nationally and internationally on the subject.

Dr Diego Kaski


Diego Kaski is a Consultant Neurologist at University College London and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and an honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He has a special interest in Neuro-otology having completed a PhD at Imperial College London investigating the cortical mechanisms underlying human spatial navigation under the supervision of Professor Bronstein. He set up and ran an acute vertigo service in Charing Cross Hospital, London between 2009-2012. He has also undertaken extensive research into the cortical mechanisms of human spatial orientation, and the application of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques in the treatment of neurological balance disorders.

Leigh Martin

Interacoustics Academy Manager

Clinically Leigh has worked in the National Health Service and in the private sector in the UK specialising in both paediatric audiology and adult diagnostics. He has also sat on the board of directors for the British Academy of Audiology. For the last four years Leigh has been working in the Interacoustics Academy firstly as an international clinical trainer, then as head of clinical training Asia and now as the Manager of the Academy. He has presented at over 20 scientific conferences and meetings across a diverse range of audiological topics


Darren Whelan

International clinical trainer. Interacoustics Academy


Darren qualified as an Audiologist earning his undergraduate honours degree in Audiology from the University of Leeds in the UK. He has Master’s degree with Distinction, in Health Science, Neurophysiology and Clinical research. He has held several senior clinical positions in the NHS. Before joining Interacoustics Academy as an International Clinical Trainer, he held a clinical and research scientist role, where as part of a team of surgeons and audiologists, he lead on diagnostic audiology, covering investigations of patients with auditory and vestibular pathology, and managing a portfolio of research studies.

Venue details: The Principal York, Station Road, York YO24 1AA

The Principal York is Adjacent to the York Station, and only 2 hours from London or 2.5 hours from Edinburgh by train. There are also direct train links from Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow. Leeds Bradford Airport is approx 25 mins away by taxi. If you decide to travel by car, the hotel provides a car park for guests’ use at a charge.

Award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair have refurbished and restored the hotel’s rooms and public spaces to create 155 elegant, comfortable bedrooms and suites in balanced, neutral tones that offer more than just a place to sleep. Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100Mb is available throughout the hotel.