Manchester show gets BSHAA on the road

The first of a quintet of British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) 2024 Roadshow events got the series off to a positive start on March 2 at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, one day ahead of World Hearing Day (March 3).

Published on 23 March 2024

Manchester show gets BSHAA on the road

Members, partners, sponsors, and guests – including 14 invited Audiology Students of Manchester University audiology students – took in a programme celebrating World Hearing Day: Changing Mindsets was the theme, highlighting the importance of hearing health and accessibility for all. A total of 111 people registered for the event.

Headliner sponsors were Boots Hearing Care and Starkey. Special guests, Jodie Ounsley and her father Phil Ounsley, motivated through their personal stories and dedication to raising hearing awareness. Jodie, a professional rugby player, podcast host, and Gladiator on the recent BBC re-boot of the Saturday night TV favourite The Gladiators, shared her journey of overcoming profound deafness after receiving a cochlear implant as a toddler, becoming the youngest in the country at the time.

BSHAA’s future direction

A session led by BSHAA’s Head of Strategy and Operation, Robyn Thomas and BSHAA’s Chief Officer Graham Pullan, explored ideas for the Society’s future direction.

© Benjamin Collins – © Benno Photography BSHAA President Rob Donnan thanks the Roadshow special guest Jodie Ounsley.

Keynote speakers and guest presentations:

The Roadshow was hosted by Alex Gardner, Head of BSHAA’s Marketing and Communications, and featured a series of insightful presentations: Professor Simon Lloyd (Manchester University and Manchester Royal Infirmary) on the referral process for cochlear implants; Alan Hopkirk shared his expertise on Tinnitus Disorder; Fiona Campbell provided insights on professionalism from a Heal and Care Professions Council perspective; Peter McNab (Growth Hive) offered strategies for effective self-management in business; Andrew Ormirod (CPDMe) emphasised the importance of recording CPD and utilising the BSHAA CPD Portal; Stephen Wheatley (Make Listening Safe Campaign) presented on responsible listening practices and how to spread the word.

The BSHAA Roadshow continues its journey in Cardiff on May 24. BSHAA members can secure their spots through the BSHAA member portal here. Sponsorship opportunities are limited and interested parties should contact Alex at by March 31.

Source: BSHAA