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Myriam Westcott

Audiologist
Myriam Westcott

Myriam Westcott is a director of DWM Audiology, having joined the clinic in 2000.  She is an experienced Audiologist, with specialised interests in aural rehabilitation and tinnitus, hyperacusis, acoustic shock disorder evaluation and therapy. 

Myriam started her audiological working life at National Acoustic Laboratory (NAL, now known as Hearing Australia) for six years.  Her commitment to hearing rehabilitation, including hearing aid fitting and supporting the emotional reactions to hearing problems, stemmed from this time. 

While working at the Victorian Deaf Society HEAR (Hearing Education and Aural Rehabilitation) Service she was drawn to the challenge of providing effective tinnitus and hyperacusis management.  Myriam had the opportunity at HEAR Service to focus intensively on tinnitus and hyperacusis therapy for five years, co-ordinating the HEAR Service Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Program for most of that time. 

Myriam is the most experienced audiologist internationally in providing audiological evaluation and therapy for acoustic shock disorder patients. She offers skype consultations, workplace consultancy and regularly lectures in acoustic shock, hyperacusis and TTTS.  She is committed to the research and development of new and innovative approaches to tinnitus, hyperacusis, acoustic shock disorder, TTTS and misophonia therapy, utilising her clinical experience of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness psychological strategies.  Myriam is closely involved with the Tinnitus Association of Victoria and the formation of Tinnitus Australia.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1973

Postgraduate Diploma of Audiology, 1974 - the first year an academic qualification in audiology was available in Australia

Melbourne, 2000: Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) course run by Professor Pawel Jastreboff, who developed the neurophysiological model of tinnitus and, with Dr Jonathan Hazell, developed TRT

Melbourne, 2001: Advanced TRT course run by Professor Pawel Jastreboff

Publications

Westcott M: "Case Study. Management of Hyperacusis associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder". In: Patuzzi R, editor. Proceedings of the Seventh International Tinnitus Seminar, Fremantle, 5th-9th March 2002. Perth: Uni of W.A, 2002;280-285.
Westcott M: "Acoustic Shock Injury (ASI)". In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica Vol.126 Supplementum 556, December 2006, containing a selection of papers from the VIIIth International Tinnitus Seminar, Pau, France 6th -10th September 2005. Download Paper
Westcott M: "Acoustic Shock Injury (ASI)". Audiological Society of Australia. Audiology Now. Issue 25.
Westcott M: "Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome - an explanation for everyday sounds causing pain in tinnitus and hyperacusis clients", Poster, IXth International Tinnitus Seminar, Gothenburg, Sweden, 15-18 June 2008.
Westcott M: "A perspective on tinnitus, hyperacusis and acoustic shock injury research" ENT News, Vol 17, No 5, November/December 2008.
Westcott M: "Somatosensory tinnitus and tonic tensor tympani syndrome (TTTS)" Poster for 3rd Tinnitus Research Initiative Conference, Stresa, Italy, 24-26 June 2009.
Westcott M: "Acoustic Shock Disorder" Tinnitus Discovery - Asia and Pacific Tinnitus Symposium, Auckland, 11-12 September 2009. Conference Proceedings published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Westcott M: "Hyperacusis: a clinical perspective on management" Tinnitus Discovery - Asia and Pacific Tinnitus Symposium, Auckland, 11-12 September 2009. Conference Proceedings published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Westcott M, Sanchez T G, Diges I, Saba C, Dineen R, McNeill C, Chiam A, O'Keefe M, Sharples T. "Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Patients: A Multi-Clinic Prevalence Study" Noise and Health Journal, Mar-Apr 2013, Volume 15, Issue 63 pp117-128. Download Paper
• Oral and poster presentation of preliminary results at the Xth International Tinnitus Seminar, Florianopolis, Brazil March 2011, where the scientific committee selected this research as the best electronic poster, winning the inaugural Jack Vernon Award for originality, innovation, study design, analysis and ultimate impact on the field of tinnitus.
• 5th Tinnitus Research Initiative Conference, August 19-21, 2011, Buffalo, NY, USA, published in a special edition of Noise and Health Journal, dedicated to a selection of papers from this conference:
Westcott M: “Middle Ear Myoclonus and Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome”. Chapter in “Tinnitus: Clinical and ResearchPerspectives” edited by David M.Baguley, MarcFagelson, Plural Publishing Inc, 2015.
Westcott M: “Hyperacusis-induced Pain: Understanding and Management of Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome (TTTS) Symptoms”. Journal of Pain Relief 2016, 5:2.

Presentations

Westcott M: "Case Study. Management of Hyperacusis associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" the Seventh International Tinnitus Seminar, Fremantle, 5th-9th March 2002. Perth: Uni of W.A, 2002
Westcott M: "Acoustic Shock Injury (ASI)" VIIIth International Tinnitus Seminar, Pau, France 6th -10th September 2005
Westcott M: "Acoustic Shock Injury (ASI) case studies" Audiological Society of Australia XVIII National Conference, Canberra, May 2008.
"Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Patients: A Multi-Clinic Prevalence Study" Audiology Australia XX National Conference, Adelaide 2012
"Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Patients: A Multi-Clinic Prevalence Study" 1st International Hyperacusis Conference, London 1, 2nd March 2013
8th International TRI Tinnitus Conference 10-13 March 2014, Auckland, New Zealand. Workshop "Assessment and management of acoustic shock/TTTS/hyperacusis"
2nd International Hyperacusis Conference, London 9,10 July 2015. Workshop "Hyperacusis-induced pain: Understanding and Management"
Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Misophonia Seminar, Independent Audiologists Australia, October 23-25, 2015, Melbourne. Co-convenor, presentations: “Hyperacusis, Acoustic Shock and Misophonia: understanding and management” and “Acoustic Shock, Hyperacusis and Misophonia: case studies”
Westcott, M “Hyperacusis-induced pain: Mechanisms and Treatment” Workshop at XII International Tinnitus Seminar, 1st World Tinnitus Congress, 22-24 May 2017, Warsaw, Poland
“Acoustic Shock, TTTS and Hyperacusis” 72nd Annual General & Scientific Meeting of the NZ Society of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.
Dunedin, New Zealand, October 2019

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