Recommended procedure for fitting combination aids

On behalf of Magdalena Sereda, PhD, Senior Research Fellow in Tinnitus, British Tinnitus Association Head of Research :

The British Society of Audiology Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Special Interest Group is currently developing a recommended procedure for fitting combination aids with the view to support parity of clinical practice. This document will be based on clinical expertise and clinical consensus amongst UK hearing professionals regarding candidacy, fitting practices and procedures around combination aids. This work is part funded by the British Society of Audiology.

We are looking for hearing professionals with experience of fitting combination aids for patients with tinnitus to join our expert panel. We are looking for professionals who have fitted at least 10 patients over the last 6 months.

To develop the recommended procedure we will use a validated method for health research called a ‘Delphi review’. This method seeks consensus amongst experts through consultation using a series of iterative questionnaires. If you choose to join the expert panel then your participation would involve filling in three online questionnaires over a period of about 4 months. In the first questionnaire you will be asked to answer general open-ended questions about current practice concerning fitting combination aids for patients with tinnitus. In the second and third questionnaires you will be asked to answer a series of closed questions and will be asked to indicate how much you agree with certain statements. A fourth questionnaire might be required if we fail to reach consensus.

To make sure that the results appropriately represent views and opinions of clinicians it is very important that we receive and analyse all questionnaires from every member of the expert panel. Therefore, please take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

If you would like to take part or have any questions please contact: Dr Magdalena Sereda on tel: 0115 823 2625 or email to: Magdalena.Sereda@nottingham.ac.uk

We greatly appreciate your participation in our research. As a thank you, after returning the last questionnaire you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 gift voucher.