An information event for members of the public affected by TINNITUS, HYPERACUSIS and/or HEARING LOSS and health professionals such as General Practitioners who are interested in offering the best advice to their patients who are challenged by these conditions.
Having had attendances in excess of 250 at previous THIS Events we have radically changed the format and venue to focus on a more intimate and rewarding experience. The aim is to provide those with a real interest the opportunity to interact with our experts both during presentations and coffee breaks.
As a result, numbers will be strictly limited, so we urge you to register promptly to secure your place.
An enlightening and entertaining day filled with helpful talks and interactive sessions about TINNITUS (ringing or other sounds in the ears), HYPERACUSIS (sensitivity to sounds) and HEARING LOSS.
There will be information about the latest tinnitus research, effective tinnitus treatment, local support networks and exciting new listening technology - essentially the expert advice and information you need to make an informed decision about why, how and where to get help! The day will include presentations from our eminent speakers as well as smaller interactive sessions and two tea and biscuit breaks to allow you to speak directly with our experts and maintain your stamina. Of course, you can break the ice over a cuppa at registration too!
Goals For THIS 2020
Raise awareness of Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and even subtle changes in Hearing.
Provide that very latest news on research and technological advances
Offer information for those affected on a range of treatment options
The Invisible Hearing Clinic celebrates 20 years of independent audiological care in 2020. Organising THIS 2020 and sponsoring BTA Tinnitus Week continues our support and commitment to helping those affected by Tinnitus and Hyperacusis and the aims and objectives of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA). Tinnitus Research is this year’s theme and we believe being aware of and understanding the latest research helps us to modify our current practice for even better patient outcomes.
We are delighted to welcome David to THIS 2020. He has been Chief Executive of The British Tinnitus Association for the past ten years. He has been responsible for influencing partner organisations, medical professionals and the wider general public to allow support for the BTA's work to be enhanced, increased and developed.
David is also the co-author of several articles and publications on tinnitus, including "Why Is There No Cure For Tinnitus" in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience (2019) with amongst others, Professor David Baguley, our THIS 2019 headliner. He has also appeared on national TV in his quest to improve the quality of information available to GPs on tinnitus treatment and management. David is, therefore, well placed to comment on the current state of, and future outlook for tinnitus research.
Dr James Jackson
James is Associate Principal Lecturer at the School of Social and Health Sciences at Leeds Trinity University. He is a member of the British Tinnitus Association and has presented nationwide to many tinnitus self-help groups as well as NHS Trusts, professional bodies, private companies and relevant charities. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society.
He has a degree in Biological Sciences from Heriot-Watt University, a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in Industrial Psychology and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Hull. His doctorate looked at the effects of tinnitus on concentration and task. His research interests include how people cope with their tinnitus, the interaction between tinnitus, individual differences (e.g. personality, for example) and physiology (such as stress hormones). James has had tinnitus since childhood and also suffered a severe sudden hearing loss whilst a student. His personal experiences and wide academic knowledge make him an invaluable contributor.
THIS 2020 is the fourth Tinnitus and Hearing Information Show organised and hosted by Alan Hopkirk. He is an audiologist and Clinical Director of The Invisible Hearing Clinic in Glasgow and Cumbernauld which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.
He has a special interest in tinnitus and trained in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) with renowned Professors Pawel and Margaret Jastreboff in Baltimore USA, he uses this therapy as the base of a holistic approach to tinnitus treatment. Alan regularly attends international tinnitus events and research conferences as part of his commitment to providing the best clinical care for his tinnitus patients. He was present at the 12th Tinnitus Research Initiative Conference in May 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan which covered a diverse range of fascinating and challenging aspects of tinnitus.
He is a member of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), American Tinnitus Association (ATA) and hosts the Glasgow and West of Scotland BTA Tinnitus Support Group. He supports the work of Alzheimer Scotland as a Dementia Friend and is a Fellow of BSHAA (British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists) as well as an elected Council member.
He is a strong advocate of early treatment of hearing loss to help improve quality of life and to avoid the possibility of impaired cognitive function and even dementia in later life. Alan's depth of knowledge and practical experience in tinnitus and hearing, as well as his commitment to raise awareness and offer solutions, are what has allowed him to ensure THIS is an outstanding event valued and enjoyed by attendees and presenters alike.
What to Expect at the Show
THIS 2020 will be deliberately focused on offering hands-on help and guidance to those affected by tinnitus and who want to change their lives for the better. There are no magic wands for Tinnitus or Hyperacusis, but there are effective treatments. If you are affected by either of these conditions and you really want to improve your life then THIS 2020 is a not-to-be-missed event for you.
This unique programme of events is currently being finalised and will be released by end of January, but you may wish to guarantee your place by registering now, as numbers will be strictly limited.
How to Register
Spaces are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, so act now and secure your entry ticket. Alternatively, call us on 0141 226 2268 to register by telephone.
For further information please call on 0141 226 2268 or visit our Facebook Event Page for regular updates.
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