The speaker programme will be headlined by the futurologist and “historian of the future” Dr James Bellini, and Nicola Palmarini, a leading researcher for IBM in the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthy ageing. Other speakers include Curtis Alcock, founder of the online hearing think tank Audira, and Dr Wayne Staab, founding partner and editor of the Hearing Health and Technology Matters website, who will address the important issue of the continuing role of trained audiologists in an increasingly commercialised and technology-driven industry.
A ‘sound experience’ exhibition, meanwhile, hosted by BIHIMA’s members, will showcase the latest in innovative hearing technology.
And BSHAA’s workshops will look at how we can learn from the way consumerism is changing attitudes and behaviours – likely to have as big an impact on future patterns of hearing care practice as technology itself.
- Alan Giles, a high-profile business leader in the retail sector will share important lessons about agility and adaptability in the high street.
- Dr Nick Harding will reflect on how this has impacted into the primary care surgery.
- And Geoff Cooling will draw the threads together from an audiologist’s perspective.