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Nineteen CPD points available at BIHIMA conference

BSHAA members can earn 19 CPD points at BIHIMA’s The Future of Hearing Technology conference in May.

The exciting new event – which features a workshop programme from BSHAA and the Society’s AGM – takes place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May. 

Eighteen CPD points are available from the excellent speaker, workshop and exhibition programme, plus one more for attending the Society’s AGM.

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.

BSHAA’s AGM will also be held at the event on Saturday 12 May at 12pm and all members are welcome. Members may claim another CPD point if they attend the AGM. The President, Chief Executive and other Council members will be available to answer questions from members.

BSHAA chief executive Prof David Welbourn said: “There is a really exciting programme over the two days that will add important insight to BSHAA members’ CPD portfolio, with some big hitters sharing insights about the changes coming in the short and medium-term – changes that have the potential to enrich their offering from both a care and business perspective. “BSHAA members can earn 18 CPD points if they attend all the educational talks, take part in BIHIMA’s exhibition and complete their reflection on how the whole programme relates to day-to-day practise, in addition to reflecting on the learning from each of the individual talks. “As we approach the HCPC registration renewal period, and for the majority of those BSHAA Fellows who will need to renew their Fellowship portfolio this year, this event offers a huge opportunity to demonstrate how you are ensuring that your practice remains of high quality, and is relevant in an ever-changing world. Fellowship renewal letters will be coming out soon, and I hope to see lots of members attaining Fellowship for the first time when the application window opens later this year. Attending the BIHIMA event will certainly boost your portfolio immensely.”

There will also be two bonus CPD points for members who contribute a reflective article on the event which is chosen for publication in BSHAA People, the Society’s bi-monthly magazine for members. Articles should be sent to by 21 May.

Nineteen CPD points available at BIHIMA conference