Media & Advisory

Specialist Advice

The advisory role is one of the key roles of the BSA. As a multi-professional organisation with a diverse membership knowledgeable in clinical practice, research and education the BSA is ideally placed to provide well informed advice to other parties. Our aim is for the BSA to be the ‘go to’ organisation for the best information, clinical and scientific advice on all matters related to hearing, balance and Audiology. This resource of knowledge is available to members and those with queries who represent other organisations. The ability to provide such advice will also be used proactively by BSA Council to influence decisions and policies taken by others in order to help achieve BSA objectives.

The advisory structure in the BSA is built around a panel of expert advisors comprising BSA members who are knowledgeable in specified areas of Audiology, prepared to provide advice promptly and adhere to the processes/requirements.  The operation of the panel is defined in the document {link to BSA Rapid Response Advisory Panel}. Members of the panel (Panel Advisors) may respond individually or collectively dependent upon the scale and complexity of the query.

Examples of topics in which enquiries are welcomed:

Enquiries could also relate to the following domains: research in hearing and balance, education of professionals or clinical practice. Enquiries are therefore welcomed from UK government Health Departments (including devolved governments), those concerned with commissioning health services, research activity and education and training, and health promotion (this list in not exhaustive).

To Seek Advice: Please contact the Operations Manager with your enquiry {insert email address and tel number}. Aside from providing a succinct description of your information needs it will be helpful if you can state your role, the format of response and the requested deadline for a response. You may wish to use the following enquiry template {attached to download}.

BSA Members: Routine enquiries from members to members relating to their practice of Audiology are encouraged. This might relate to a request for advice on school hearing screening criteria or practical advice on applying frequency compression to hearing aid fittings. Such enquiries should be directly to panel members on the following list (please remember to indicate that you are a BSA member) {insert member only link to document listing panel advisors and areas of expertise}.

Members of the Public: The advisory services described above are directed at professional enquiries. Services users (patients, their families and carers) with information needs should view the PUBLIC section of this website {link to Tracey T section}.

Basis of Advice Offered: The BSA has asked Panel Advisors, who are all contributing their professional advice on a voluntary basis, to do so within the limits of their professional competencies. It is expected that advice provided through panels will be provided in good faith with any conflicts of interest declared at the outset to the enquirer. In order to provide for prompt turnaround the advice provided will reflect the opinion of the advisor/s rather than the collective view of BSA Council (unless specifically requested or stated otherwise).