Oticon has announced that more than 80 leading clinicians gathered at Oticon Medical in Kongebakken, Denmark to participate in The Great Debate in Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems event in June 2015. The day-long conference engaged thought leaders, surgeons and audiologists in a series of interactive sessions that invited discussion and debate on the latest research and advances in bone-anchored hearing care.

“In a field of hearing care that has witnessed impressive advances in recent years, it is expected that there will be a variety of experiences and viewpoints on the efficacy and efficiency of treatments and treatment pathways for bone-anchored hearing solutions,” said Jes Olsen, president, Oticon Medical A/S. “Our goal is to provide a world-class forum to stimulate knowledge sharing and discussion so that we can continue that momentum forward. Through the Great Debate and Oticon Medical Scientific Meetings, we create opportunities for professional collaboration that will increase the ability of surgeons and audiologists to deliver the kind of patient-centered benefits that make bone-anchored solutions a viable option for more people than ever before.”

According to Oticon, the event was comprised of fast-paced 5-10 minute presentations in each of six topic sessions that set the stage for collaboration and debate on the best treatments and approaches in bone-anchored hearing. To facilitate ongoing discussion, delegates reportedly used electronic voting pads at the start and finish of each session to assess how the information shared affected their viewpoints on session topics.

Manohar Bance, PhD, head, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dalhousie University, Canada, chaired a session on “Percutaneous versus Transcutaneous Treatments.” Oticon reports that delegates discussed improved surgical techniques that have made the Tissue Preservation Technique a much more acceptable option. Expert presenters also noted that recent availability of active and passive technologies for bone-anchored hearing systems (BAHS) require assessment by a multi-disciplinary team before an appropriate device is selected.

Source: Oticon Medical

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