About this event

  • Date and time Fri 1 Nov 2019 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Otology

Receive top tips from experienced and engaging speakers about daily otologic practice and the future of implantation.

This highly interactive meeting will explore psychoacoustic aspects of hearing and their impact on music, as well as updates on electroacoustic auditor stimulation.

This event is free for all RSM members.

Meeting topics:

  • Management of otosclerosis, cholesteatoma and ossicular erosion
  • Current state of the art in electro acoustic stimulation and speech processing
  • The variability between individuals in sound perception
  • Hear acoustic illusions and see how they are used in music

On the same day, in the afternoon, there will be the Semon lecture and presidential address from the Laryngology and Rhinology Section - click here to view. Join us for both events.

All ENT events are free for RSM members. The Otology president, Mr Chris Aldren, and the Laryngology and Rhinology president, Prof Tim Woolford, have written on ENT and Audiology News magazine about the programmes for each section:

Save the dates and join us for another academic year of high quality education and networking.

The Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology Section would like to thank DP Medical, KARL STORZ and Medtronic for supporting their Academic Year 2019 to 2020 Programme of Events
Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.


Standard pricing available until 31 October 2020.


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Non - Member

Consultant / GP Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
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Key speakers

Bruce J Gantz, MD

Dr Bruce J Gantz, MD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Speaker's biography

Bruce J Gantz, MD is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Otolaryngology from the University of Iowa, where he completed medical school.  A surgical internship was served at the University of Utah College of Medicine.  He returned to the University of Iowa for his Otolaryngology residency.  

Upon completing a Neurotology Clinical Fellowship with Dr Ugo Fisch at the Universitätsspital Zürich, Otorhinolaryngologische Klinik und Poliklinik, in Zürich, Switzerland, he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr Gantz’s research interests include: cochlear implants, management of facial paralysis, hearing preservation in acoustic tumour and skull-base surgery, and management of cholesteatoma.  He is the principal investigator of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center, funded by the NIH since 1985.  In December, 2017 the Center was awarded their seventh five-year NIH renewal that will run through 2022.  He has led the Iowa CI Team in the development of the Hybrid Cochlear Implant.

He is a member of many otolaryngology professional societies and has Board Certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology, as well as subspecialty certification in Neurotology from the ABOto. 

Some of his honours include being named the Brian F McCabe Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery by The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award for Achievement in 2005; University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award 2010; being elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000; President of the Association of Research in Otolaryngology; President of the American Neurotology Society; President of the American Otological Society; and President of the American Board of Otolaryngology.  In 2016, he was awarded the Shambaugh Prize for lifetime achievement from the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.  His publications include 240 peer-reviewed papers and he has contributed to over 58 books and chapters.

Christopher Aldren

Mr Chris Aldren

 President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Speaker's biography

Chris Aldren is an ear surgeon based in Windsor. He has a particular interest in stapes surgery, ossiculoplasty and mastoid obliteration. He has run an annual international advanced middle ear surgery course at Wexham Park Hospital since 2000.
He was the President of the British Society of Otology from 2016-2018, President of LION Live International Otolaryngology Network from 2013-2016 and is President-elect of the Royal Society of Medicine, Otology section. He was on the scientific committee of the 2011 and 2016 CEORL-HNS meetings and is the UK representative on the CEORL-HNS council. He is the editor of the otology section of the New edition of Scott Brown’s textbook of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He lectures widely with recent lectures in India, China, Switzerland, France and Belgium.
Outside of medicine he is a keen violinist playing in the European Doctors Orchestra. He is on the advisory council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


View the programme

Presidential lunch (pre-registration required)
Registration for the afternoon session
Introduction and welcome

Mr Richard Irving, Immediate Past President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Presidential address

Fiddling in the ear. A journey of surgery and music

Mr Chris Aldren, President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Tea and coffee break

Procession for the Joseph Toynbee memorial lecture

Joseph Toynbee memorial

Introduction: Mr Tim Mitchell, Council Member, Royal College of Surgeons of England 

Joseph Toynbee memorial lecture

Introduction: Mr Chris Aldren, President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Central auditory processing predicts variance in speech in noise performance: Importance of preserving low frequency acoustic hearing

Dr Bruce Gantz

Close of the meeting
Drinks reception and concert



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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