The British Society of Audiology was formed in 1967 and aims are to advance audiological research, learning, practice and impact. It is the largest learned audiology society in Europe with a membership of around 1200. We are the leading UK organisation for all professionals integrated in the latest science and its application in improving people’s lives with hearing and balance problems. The membership of the BSA is multi-disciplinary including researchers in hearing and auditory science, educational professionals, and medical professionals such as Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors and Clinical Audiology staff, including Audiologists, Clinical Scientist, Hearing Therapists & the public. Members are from private, statutory and voluntary sectors, nationally and internationally. One of the strengths of the BSA is that it provides an interface between researchers and healthcare practitioners as well as other groups (educationalists, government, independent sector, professional bodies, patient groups and third sector organisations).
The Vision of the BSA
The vision of the BSA is building knowledge and empowering professionals to improve the lives of adults and children with hearing and balance problems.
The Mission of the BSA
The BSA’s mission is to advance knowledge, learning, practice and impact in hearing and balance.
This is further broken down through its Memorandum and Articles of Association:
1. The furthering of the study of Audiology, hearing and balance science, particularly in the diagnosis, alleviation and prevention of hearing and balance difficulties
2. The advancing of education in Audiology
3. The furthering of research in Audiology and the dissemination of the results of such research
4. Raising awareness and improving the understanding of Audiology
The governing body of the Society is the Council. The council consists of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 elected Council Members who are the Trustees of the Society. This includes 5 officers: the Chair, Vice-Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Meetings of Council are also attended by Council Advisors appointed by Council in an “ad hoc” fashion as required to meet the needs of the Society.
The Society has a number of standing committees :
(i) The Learning Events Group, which arranges the annual programme of scientific meetings, some of which we colloborate on and supports the BSA Accredited Courses
(ii) The Professional Guidance Group, which fulfills the Society’s role in establishing standards and recommended procedures
(iii) Research Funding Steering Committee, which considers applications and awards grants for the BSA research fund
(iv) Publicity Committee, which supports the marketing and communications of the BSA
The Council is also able to set up working groups to consider specific issues as they arise.
The Activity of the BSA
So what does the BSA do?
1. Amongst other things, the BSA has an important role in providing expert independent advice and is represented on a number of national bodies
2. It is respected for producing recommended clinical procedures and ‘Good Practice’ documents
3. The Learning Events Group host a number of regular CPD events including 3 day annual conference with around 300-400 participants, Twilight meetings, journal clubs and lunch and learn webinars and updates
4. Members are encouraged to join any of the six Special Interest Groups to have opportunities to meet other multi-disciplinary professionals and help progress these areas of hearing and balance
5. The Society runs a research fund that allows members to lead an applied research project collaboration, in partnership between experienced researchers and healthcare practitioners
6. The BSA has a learned journal, The International Journal of Audiology and a bi-annual membership magazine, Audacity