Hearing Review News on the recent Hearing and Balance Conference 2013

Douglas Beck, AuD, director of professional relations for Oticon, and a frequent contributor to HR, was among the leading international speakers who delivered keynote presentations at the first Hearing and Doug Beck opt
Balance Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 3-day knowledge-sharing event drew more than 140 participants from Malaysia and Singapore to discuss topics ranging from newborn hearing screening and auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders, to new middle ear diagnostic technology and vestibular migraine.

The keynote speakers, including Beck, Dr Priya Singh (UK), and Dr Jessica Vitkovic (Australia), were joined by local presenters representing three universitie: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Science University of Malaysia) and International Islamic University of Malaysia.

The conference was organized by Oticon Malaysia with co-organizer support from the three universities and the Malaysian National Society of Audiologists (MANSA).

BeckÂ’s role as OticonÂ’s director of professional relations supports OticonÂ’s academic, clinical and educational efforts around the world. At the conference, he delivered four keynote presentations:

  • Issues in Amplification and Tinnitus,
  • Cognition Friendly Amplification,
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, and
  • Amplification and Motivation Influence – Counseling that Works!

Organizers reported that the Hearing and Balance Conference was the first ever held in Malaysia, and that it was an overwhelming success.

“To give you a picture of the scale of the event, in Malaysia, we have only about 250 audiologists,” explained audiologist Patrick Tan who helped to organize the conference. “This event drew more than 140 hearing care professionals!”

First Online Advance Studies in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

We will be launching the first online Advanced Studies in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis program in August and I thought you might be interested to pass it along to your customers and colleagues who are interested in getting into Tinnitus and Hyperacusis management.
This is a 10. 5 semester credit, 40 week online program, consisting of 6 courses and they are:
1.      Neuroscience of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
(1.5 Semester credits)
Faculty: Martin Pienkowski,  PhD 
2.      Assessment Techniques in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
(1.5 Semester credits)
Faculty: Rich Tyler, PhD 
3.      Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Rehabilitation and Management
(2.0 Semester credits)
Faculty: Rich Tyler, PhD 
4.      Professional Issues: Setting Up a Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic
 (2.0 Semester credits)
Faculty: Jay Hall, PhD  
5.      Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Controversies, Pitfalls and Prospects for Progress
 (2.0 Semester credits)
Faculty: Anthony Cacace, PhD & Martin Pienkowski, PhD  
6.      Public Health and Medical Issues in the Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
(1.5 Semester credits)
Faculty: Jay W Hall, PhD
For complete information regarding this program you may direct those that may be interested to the following links:
Advanced Studies in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis:
We also offer the following programs that may be of interest to some of the audiologists you know.
Salus Summer Workshops:  Workshop 1. Auditory Processing Disorders; Workshop 2: Electrophysiology in Audiology
Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants:
International AuD Degree Bridge Program:


Hearing and Balance Conference 2013

The Inaugural Hearing and Balance Conference will be held in Port Dickson this May.

Date : 09 – 11 May 2013

Venue : Avillion Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Let us join force to begin the continuous journey to revolutionise the hearing and balance industry. We shall meet in this inaugural meeting to share and discuss with leaders of the industry from various parts of the world.

Avillion Port Dickson, an award-winning beach resort which sits over 23 acres of coast scenery and faces the Straits of Malacca, offering 240 exquisitely designed rooms ranging from chalets to villas.
Designed with the architecture of an Old World Malay fishing village in mind, the resort fuses traditional culture with contemporary luxuries, giving guests the opportunity to experience MalaysiaÂ’s rich heritage while living in comfort. The result is a perfect hideaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and take a much needed breather.

Please visit the Hearing and Balance 2013 Website for more details.

Read more: http://hearingbalance2013.wordpress.com/

Malaysian National Society of Audiologists (MANSA)

Malaysian National Society of Audiologists or better known as MANSA was established officially in 2011. It comprised the whole of Malaysian Audiologist whether from the private sector, government or private.

Membership to this day reached 50 and the number of participants is growing. Through this organization, in the hope that all the information on audiologist, services provided, related acts and the latest program can be directed and capable of generating critical thinking members, innovative and scientific proven.