British Tinnitus Association: A Global Leader in Tinnitus Training

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The British Tinnitus Association (BTA), the UK’s only charity dedicated solely to supporting those with tinnitus, continues to attract audiology professionals from around the world to its Tinnitus Adviser Training events, the most recent of which was held in Basingstoke last month as part of its ongoing events programme. To date the BTA has run 35 professional training events and, as a result, a total of 480 people have now had the opportunity to develop tinnitus counselling skills to help them deal with tinnitus patients.

We developed this course to encourage and promote the provision of sufficiently trained people for the management and treatment of those with tinnitus.

Thirteen participants attended the Basingstoke event including audiologists, an ENT surgeon, hearing aid therapists and hearing aid dispensers, as well as those from other sectors of the tinnitus community, such as, tinnitus support group representatives. The aim of the training events are to enable participants to become better equipped to help and support people that experience tinnitus.

The BTA training course is the only one of its kind in the world and regularly attracts ENT professionals from countries as far afield as Singapore, Australia, and Saudi Arabia since this kind of training is unavailable elsewhere. It is accredited with eight Continuing Professional Development points from the British Academy of Audiology and is delivered by an experienced team of hearing professionals and led by Pierre Cachia, a counselling psychologist, tutor and private practitioner.

When surveyed, the audiologists who attended the Basingstoke event all agreed that greater understanding about tinnitus among those working within the profession would improve patient care.

David Stockdale, CEO at the BTA, said: “We developed this course to encourage and promote the provision of sufficiently trained people for the management and treatment of those with tinnitus. The course works in conjunction with the BTA’s ‘Tackling Tinnitus’ campaign, which aims to provide information to industry members to increase their knowledge and understanding of tinnitus and the BTA. By providing the industry with the necessary information, they will be better equipped to help and support those with tinnitus.”

The next Tinnitus Adviser Training Event will be taking place on 18 and 19 November in Nottingham. For further information or if you are interested in attending, please contact Krys at the BTA by email - krys@tinnitus.org.uk or call 0114 250 9933. You can also book through the BTA website http://www.tinnitus.org.uk.
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Editors Notes

The BTA is an independent charity which supports thousands of people who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world.

Not an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported. Troublesome tinnitus can be very distressing for the affected individual, and issues may arise with sleep, concentration and mood. However, in many cases, subtle changes in people’s environment can address these issues, and improve quality of life.

The British Tinnitus Association strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby facilitating an improved quality of life. It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme.

The experienced team at the BTA understands the impact that tinnitus can have on the lives of those who experience tinnitus and those who live with them, so seeks to provides the most appropriate and expert advice and information free of charge – via a confidential freephone helpline on 0800 018 0527 and online at http://www.tinnitus.org.uk. The BTA can also post printed and audio information and advice.

Visit the BTA’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BritishTinnitusAssociation and follow the BTA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BritishTinnitus

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