Tinnitus Week: UK audiology body launches online course for tinnitus "first aid"




The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) has launched a course of three online Tinnitus Training Modules for professionals in health and social care, underlining that ˝it is vital that good quality support and referral is available to anyone accessing help with Tinnitus˝.

Launched during the Tinnitus Week awareness initiative (February 3 to 9), the courses have been prepared by the BAA, together with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), and the Scottish Tinnitus Advisory Group. The aim is to provide basic tinnitus knowledge so that ˝any patient who mentions tinnitus during any routine appointment is triaged effectively and offered appropriate onward referral or simple advice on management and self-help˝.

With some 7.1m people in the UK affected by tinnitus, the BTA estimates that there are 1.05 million GP consultations about tinnitus in the UK every year, with the treatment pathway costing the NHS £750 million, and an overall cost to society of £2.7 billion per year.

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These ˝first aid˝ modules are an assessed course with a final piece of reflection on two patients seen with tinnitus, and offer professionals an e-certificate on completion. Full info:www.baaudiology.org

Source: BAA