The AIHHP 2017 Hearing Expo & 11th Golden Lobe Awards

Once again we have a tremendous line up of fantastic speakers – please click on the links below to find out more about their presentations and to read their bio’s.

As always, the Friday conference & exhibition is OPEN TO ALL (with the Saturday being kept for AIHHP Full & Executive Members.)

This year’s Hearing Expo is being held at the four star Stratford Manor Hotel.  

Just off the M40 and with direct rail links to London and Birmingham, it’s a central location for most and also perfectly located for partners/family who are not attending the expo, to explore the sights of Stratford-upon-Avon and the beautiful surrounding Warwickshire countryside.


NEW for 2017!!

New for this year’s Expo is the addition of Customer Experience Training aimed at front of house staff. 

FREE OF CHARGE for AIHHP Members staff, this will be a relaxed, interactive session lead by Helen Hamilton, which will look at how staff can earn their client’s trust and confidence. (Helen is also presenting a keynote speech – click on her name below to read more about her and the sessions she’s leading at AIHHP this year.)

Speakers at the 2017 Hearing Expo

Inspiring Your Way to Success

Pete Cohen

Pete Cohen is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have been motivated and inspired by Pete’s presentations.
Pete coaches business leaders, executives, corporate teams and sporting stars to achieve their best.
Pete excels at keynote presentations and inspires his audiences to think outside the box, believe in themselves and get motivated to take positive actions. He has worked with companies such as IBM, Boots, Pfizer, Robert Half International, BAA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Boehringer Ingelheim and Thomas Cook. Pete’s interactive style is fun, thought provoking and leaves a lasting impression.

AIHHP are delighted that Pete will be inspiring you all at the 2017 Hearing Expo!

“What noise annoys an oyster?”

Diagnostic Speech Testing to aid Aural Rehabilitation

Dr Priya Carling, AuD, RHAD
Director and Consultant Audiologist, Kent Hearing Ltd

Normal hearers take for granted the various complex interactions and processes going on within us to be able to make sense of and respond appropriately to our auditory environment.  As clinicians, we have a challenging task of providing management solutions for those with hearing loss.  Challenging because we have a host of tools to choose from for diagnosis; some old, some new, and not unlimited time in which to do it all! 

This talk will give an overview of the complexities of hearing including hearing in noise, auditory scene analysis and cognitive load, and in considering these aspects, suggest a few options for diagnosis so that we are left with a good amount of information to help our patients make the best technology and rehabilitation choices, and very importantly inform our counselling on an individualised basis.

How to Change Someone Else’s Behaviour

Helen Hamilton

You may want to change someone’s behaviour… a customer, a work colleague, your boss, or your partner (good luck with that one!). For every behaviour, there is a reason. To get the most out of people, we need to understand what is driving their behaviour, and then appeal to this. In this session Helen will explore core values and how they may affect both your own and other people’s behaviours.


With over 20 years experience in Customer Service, Training and Management, Helen has a passion for helping others learn and apply the best ideas and techniques in order to make service a worthwhile business difference.

Looking at Listening Eyes: Insights and Applications

Dr Graham Naylor – Section Director – Medical Research Council, Chief Scientist – Office Institute of Hearing Research – Scottish Section

Much can be learnt about how people listen, by observing the eyes. Firstly, the direction of gaze, and how that changes over time during a listening task, provide information about the moment-to-moment focus of spatial attention, decision-making processes during speech comprehension, and changes of strategy under noisy conditions. Secondly, the dilation of the pupil of the eye is an indicator of listening effort which provides information about listening difficulty beyond the percent-correct performance score.

The 3D Tune-In Project

Dr Lorenzo Picinali – Senior Lecturer in Audio Experience Design, Director of Undergraduate Studies – Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

3D Tune-In brings together relevant stakeholders from traditional gaming industries, academic institutes, a large European hearing aid manufacturer and hearing communities to produce digital games in the field of hearing aid technologies and hearing loss in children and older adults, addressing social inclusion, generating new markets and creating job opportunities.

Dr Picinali will present the above named project, which aims at introducing a novel approach using 3D sound, visuals and gamification techniques to support people using hearing aid devices.

Student Presentations @ AIHHP!

We’re delighted that three final year audiology students agreed to present at this years’ Hearing Expo:

Balance, visual vertigo, and vestibular dysfunction in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Victoria Waite – UCL

Innovative research carried out into vestibular dysfunction in people with connective tissue disorders.

These disorders affect at least one in 5000 of the population and are under-researched.

A Pilot Study Investigating Compliance to the 2005 Noise at Work Regulations

Devang Joshi – UCL

Pubs and bars are inherently noisy environments and have the potential to cause a noise-induced hearing loss for the staff if exposed to long periods of high-intensity noise. The 2005 Noise at work regulations specifically outlines the maximum sound levels allowed for employees to be exposed to before action by the employers should take place. Staff are currently exposed to high levels of noise and in danger of developing hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Better training and information material should be provided to the pubs are bars so that they do not breach the safe noise levels

Towards an open source Hearables

Amjad Awawdeh – Southampton University

Amjad will explore the recent the trends in Wearable Hearable devices, personal sound amplification products (PSAP), and over the counter (OTC) hearing aids. He will also present the results of an experimental hearing aid that was built at Southampton University and its future direction.


The 11th Golden Lobes  Gala Awards Evening!

For this year’s awards, we’ll be holding a Shakespearean-themed Golden LobesGala Awards Evening on Fri 10th November 2017. 

There’ll be a three course dinner and live music featuring ‘Xtatic’ – a six-piece band who’ll play a great selection of get-up-and-dance music.

Check them out HERE.

Book 3 places to the 11th Golden Lobes Gala Awards Evening…

and get a 4th place FREE of charge!

Acoustic Metrology Ltd

Why not have your equipment calibrated at the conference by a AML Calibration Engineer. Save down time and take advantage of their special exhibition rates.

For more information CLICK HERE.

Many thanks to our Diamond Sponsors for 2017!

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