Welcome to the European Tinnitus Course website
History of the course
The course was developed by Dr Ross Coles in the late 1970's. There have been 28 courses so far, making it one of the longest running tinnitus courses in the world. Understandably there have been many changes during this period: not only has the teaching faculty changed with time but also our knowledge of tinnitus has changed and with it the content of the course. In addition the location of the course has moved: initially the course was held in Nottingham and between 2002 and 2010 it ran in Cambridge. After a break of 8 years a decision has been taken to hold the next course in Manchester UK.
The course is intended to provide a broad overview of tinnitus in the form of basic sciences and epidemiology. There are in-depth presentations of the current models of tinnitus and guidance on practical issues. Psychological and neurophysiological models are compared and contrasted. Medical issues such as surgery and drug therapy are discussed, as is the role of complementary medicine. Specific reference is made to tinnitus in the paediatric population and the issue of sleep problems in tinnitus patients. Small group workshops are held on a variety of topics.
The course is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals in Audiology, Psychology, ENT and Audio Vestibular Medicine who have already acquired their basic proficiencies but are wishing to specialise in tinnitus. The course is also relevant to scientists undertaking research in the field of tinnitus and hyperacusis.