SIG Spotlight

Monthly SIG Spotlights

October 2020

The SIG committee met in June 2020 to agree actions for 2020/2021 – you can see details of these on the SIG page on the BSA website.

There have been a few changes to the committee this year. Dr Douglas Beck and Dr Piers Dawes have stepped down from the committee, but we are delighted that they have both agreed to continue to support the SIG in advisory roles. We would like to thank them sincerely for their contributions as founder members and their commitment and drive in creating and growing the CH SIG.

We would also like to welcome new SIG committee members: Jenny Douglas, Prof Laura Gaeta and Nisha Danda. Jenny is an Audiologist with a special interest in dementia-friendly Audiology and also a part-time lecturer in Audiology at the University of Leeds. Laura is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University. Laura’s research is primarily focussed on aural rehabilitation with older adults and she is also interested in multicultural issues relating to hearing healthcare service delivery. Nisha is a PhD candidate at Aston University, whose doctoral research focuses on social isolation in older adults living with hearing loss and dementia.

Publications, conferences and more

We are delighted to announce the publication of a paper on hearing loss and cognition, written by SIG committee members, published in the Journal of Otolaryngology-ENT Research:

A clinically focused synopsis of this article is also available in Hearing Review:

There will be 3 talks on cognition in hearing featured at the BSA conference in October 2020. Please look out for details on how to sign up to attend the conference and take part in discussions. Please also consider entering your abstracts for research and service improvement posters to be shared during the conference.

The CH SIG has been long supported by members of the Hearing and Learning Disability group, HaLD, including working together on guidance and responses to national consultations. We are delighted to announce that HaLD has now started a discussion forum online for all with a professional interest in this, this can be found at:

SIG membership email list

We aim to send a mailing each quarter, coinciding with our committee meetings. Please email Rebecca Millman, SIG secretary, if you would like to join the SIG membership email list:

And finally

Our thanks go out to those of you that completed the survey on training detailed in the last edition of Audacity. For those that expressed interest in supporting training developments, we will be in touch shortly to arrange further discussion. We would also like to thank all those that contributed to the public consultation for the Learning Disabilities Practice Guidance; more details on this will be presented at the BSA e-conference in October.

At this time we have all been challenged immensely, and we really value the support of the SIG members and would like to thank you for your queries, comments and feedback. Please do continue to contact the SIG committee with any matters on cognition in hearing, whether this is related to research, clinical or public health. Similarly, if you are interested in supporting us with any of the actions listed for 2020/21, we would be delighted to hear from you.