About this event

  • Date and time Fri 5 Feb 2021 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Otology

The aim of this session is to provide an update on the understanding of tinnitus and review contemporary management strategies. This session will include talks on pulsatile tinnitus, new hearing aid technologies and medicolegal aspects of tinnitus.

Each session includes the opportunity for participants to ask question to the experts.

  • To provide a contemporary update on the aetiology of tinnitus
  • To understand the latest treatment and management strategies available in clinical practice
  • To examine causes, investigation and management of pulsatile tinnitus and underlying vascular lesions
  • To provide an update on new hearing aid technology
  • To discuss the latest medicolegal aspects of tinnitus

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The Otology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsors KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd and Medtronic for their valued support of the 2020-2021 Academic Programme.

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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Key speakers

Ms Beth-Anne Mancktelow

Independent Audiologist and Hearing Therapist, Spire Hospital, Norwich

Speaker's biography

Ms Beth-Anne Mancktelow is an Audiologist and Hearing Therapist with a primary interest in tinnitus. She led the hearing therapy service at St George’s prior to moving into independent practice. Ms Beth-Anne Mancktelow has a keen interest in research and was part of the committee that produced the The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on tinnitus. She uses a range of approaches to manage tinnitus.

Mr Gerard Kelly

Consultant ENT and skull base surgeon

Speaker's biography

Mr Gerard Kelly is a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon who works in Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT) NHS Trust and specializes in otology and neuro - in both adults and children. He is the clinical director of the head and neck clinical services unit in LTHT (ENT, maxillo-facial surgery and ophthalmology). He was appointed consultant in 2001. He successfully completed the Virginia Mason Advanced Lean Training in 2018. His most recent interest is endoscopic middle ear and mastoid surgery, a major advance in ENT in recent years. He was awarded an MD from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 on the topic of the facial nerve and an MEd from Leeds University. He is an elected member of the council of the British Society of Otology (BSO) and runs the BSO balance course. He has a large medico-legal practice (both person injury and negligence work) and provides reports for both claimants, defendants and as a single joint expert. He frequently opines on cases of alleged tinnitus in medico-legal cases.

Stefan Launer, PhD

Senior Vice President Audiology and Health Innovation, Sonova AG Adjunct Professor University of Queensland, Brisbane

Speaker's biography

Stefan studied physics at the University of Würzburg in Germany and conducted a PhD thesis in hearing science and psychoacoustics at the Universities of Göttingen and Oldenburg. He joined Phonak in 1995 as a member of the research team. During his career at Phonak, now Sonova, Professor Stefan Launer managed various teams including Audiological Engineering, Digital Signal Processing & Microelectronics and Acoustic Design. In his current role, he leads the Audiology and Health Innovation program within the Sonova organization. Professor Stefan Launer also holds an Adjunct Professorship in Audiology and Hearing Instrument technology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Professor David Baguley

Professor of Hearing Sciences, University of Nottingham

Speaker's biography

Professor David Baguley is a Clinical Academic, leading the Clinical Hearing Sciences team at the University of Nottingham who conduct research on issues of hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, and ototoxicity. He has published over 200 academic papers, 5 books, and has received grant award funding from major health research funders and has acted as chief investigator on clinical research studies involving multidisciplinary project teams. He has been awarded the British Tinnitus Association Research Prize on 5 occasions and has been awarded prizes from also the British Society of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology, and the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Otology.

Professor David Baguley undertakes a weekly NHS Out Patient Clinic as an Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist, and advises on complex/severe cases seen by the Tinnitus team.

Mr Patrick Axon

Consultant ENT surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Mr Patrick Axon is an otologist and skull base surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. In addition to his clinical and research interest in the fields of otology and hearing implantation, he has developed an interest in the management of refractory idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) and associated symptoms and pathologies. These include pulsatile tinnitus, superior semi-circular canal dehiscence, tegmen dehiscence and jugular sheath pathology including Eagle’s syndrome.

Professor Tobias Kleinjung

Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland


Speaker's biography

Professor Tobias Kleinjung, MD, is the head of the outpatient section at the Otorhinolaryngology department at the University Hospital of Zurich/Switzerland. He also serves as Professor at the University of Zurich. He has a clinical focus in otology and neurotology including the treatment of tinnitus, sudden deafness and diseases of salivary glands. His current focus of research includes new treatment strategies in sudden hearing loss and tinnitus, treatment of chronic tinnitus with neuromodulation (TMS, neurofeedback), neuroimaging of tinnitus, understanding the mechanisms of auditory neuroplasticity and the value of cochlear implantation in single sided deafness,

He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, written 14 book chapters and has served as editor of two major textbooks on tinnitus ("Textbook of Tinnitus", Springer, 2011; "Tinnitus -Pathophysiology and Treatment", Elsevier, 2007)


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Mr Philip Robinson, President Royal Society of Medicine section of Otology, Consultant Adult and Paediatric Otolaryngologist, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston

Understanding Tinnitus

Professor David Baguley, Professor of Hearing Sciences, University of Nottingham and National Institute for Health Research, Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre 

What works now for Tinnitus – a hearing therapy perspective

Ms Beth-Anne Mancktelow, Independent Audiologist and Hearing Therapist, Spire Hospital, Norwich

Novel treatments for Tinnitus

Professor Tobias Kleinjung, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

Comfort break and sponsored industry presentations

Medtronic’s newest innovations of 2020

Endoscopic Ear Surgery – given by Ben Pattinson, Karl Storz

Pulsatile Tinnitus

Mr Patrick Axon, Consultant in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery and Neurotology, Cambridge University Hospitals


New Hearing Aid Technology

Professor Stefan Launer, PhD Senior Vice President Audiology and Health Innovation, Sonova AG Adjunct Professor University of Queensland, Brisbane

Medicolegal aspects of Tinnitus

Mr Gerard Kelly, Consultant in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery and Skull Base Surgeon , Leeds Teaching Hospitals

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