The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) is delighted to be launching its inaugural conference on ‘The Future of Hearing Technology’, to be held on 11-12 May 2018 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Hearing technology is at the cutting edge of the digital technology world and increasingly central to the audiology industry. Recent research into the link between hearing loss and dementia (here), and the Cochrane report (here), has provided yet more evidence for the life-changing impact of hearing technology and has called for policy-makers and the whole industry to prioritise access to it, as well highlighting the need for greater knowledge and research.

The member firms who comprise BIHIMA will seek to equip the audiology sector with the latest information and expertise about hearing technology at the May event.

Over the past year, BIHIMA has grown into an established voice within the hearing sector, and has developed both the influence and capability to deliver an exceptional event which will inspire and envision audiologists, suppliers, and all within industry who are warmly invited.

At the centre of the conference will be a ‘sound experience’ exhibition hosted by technology manufacturers. We are also delighted to be working in collaboration with the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) who will be delivering an educational speaker and workshop programme. This will also serve as a continuing professional development and networking opportunity for audiologists. In addition, BSHAA will be holding its annual general meeting at the event.

BSHAA president Sarah Vokes said: “BIHIMA and its members are important partners for BSHAA, and I am delighted that we are collaborating with BIHIMA on their inaugural conference, which is designed to bring a fresh approach at this important moment for hearing care. By working together, we hope our members will benefit in new ways from the combined insight available from both the technology and the profession.

The BIHIMA chairman Paul Surridge continues: “We’re delighted to be organising our first event and look forward to welcoming delegates in May. The technology pioneered by our members is changing at a rapid pace and shifting the way the whole of society thinks about optimising its hearing. We see this event as an opportunity to share our members’ insights and invite the sector to join the debate.”

Tickets for the BIHIMA Conference 2018 will be available to purchase soon at www.bihima.com.