Archive: 2012

Congratulations to House of Hearing!

Well done to AIHHP member, House of Hearing up in Edinburgh, who earlier this year won a Smart Car at the Unitron Moxi Pro Launch event!

Attendees were asked to video a short advert expousing the virtues of the new product. Managing Director, Stephen Fairfield and hearing aid audiologist, Colin L’Anson did an advert with Colin on screen “acting” and Stephen doing a voice over.

At the evening dinner the adverts were shown and voted on by those attending. House of Hearing won the vote of their group (against 3 others) and went through to the final along with four other companies –  they were delighted when once again their ‘advert’ was voted the best!

The prize was a two year lease of a branded Smart Car!

Pictured here with the very smart-looking Smart Car, is Ruth Porteous – Ruth runs the front of house operation at House of Hearing’s Edinburgh centre. Ruth has a life-long connection with House of Hearing, being the daughter of David Fairfield, founder of House of Hearing, and sister of Stephen Fairfield!

Industry Events

The British Society of Audiology Annual Conference

29th – 30th June 2017
Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Organised by the British Society of Audiology, we are delighted to announce that the 2017 annual conference entitled Audiology and the Greater Good, will take place on the 29th and 30th June 2017 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

The BSA Annual Conference continues to be the leading UK scientific forum to bring together clinicians and researchers who have an interest in hearing, tinnitus and balance.

This event promises to offer delegates the latest in audiology research, education and expertise, with inspiring speakers and informative sessions.

Audiology and the Greater Good

The theme, Audiology and the Greater Good, aims to help us to contextualise Audiology, focus on how Audiology fits within the wider experience of someone’s life and consider the impact of what we do. Hot topics this year include exploration of the latest technology and implantable devices, comorbidities, integrated care and Audiology’s relationship with the justice system.

Registration is now open! 

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Have you voted for your audiologist?

Time is running out for you to nominate your hearing professional for this year’s Audiologist of the Year award. Reward and recognise your audiologist by telling us just what makes them so special. We don’t just want to know they are good. We want to know why they are the best.

By voting, you don’t just give your hearing professional the chance to win, you will also be in the running to pick up a prize. The winning nominee receives a £250 cash prize and electrical goods to the value of £200. You also get to share in the success, kudos and recognition of the winner.

Last year we received many heart-warming and inspirational tales so make sure you tell us how your audiologist excels. Whatever your personal story, we want to hear how your hearing care professional has excelled in their duties, taken great care to look after your hearing, and provided their patients with an outstanding service.

Now in its fifth year and independently judged, the Audiologist of the Year award has become known across Europe for recognising top audiologists for the outstanding service they provide patients. It seeks to hand pick the best in the hearing profession who have gone that extra mile in their field. The selected audiologist will win the coveted Audiologist of the Year title and will be in with the chance of becoming European Audiologist of the Year, which sees top audiologists across France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Sweden compete for the overall winning title.

The official closing date for nominations is July 13 and submissions can be made via post or online –

Oticon Intiga Named Finalist in Danish Design Award 2012


Oticon Intiga, the hearing device designed to appeal to first-time users, has earned top marks for its appeal to another discerning grou

p of individuals – the jury of the Danish Design Award 2012. The prestigious design award honours companies that have created innovative products and solutions of a high aesthetic and functional quality.  Intiga is one of four finalists in the Industrial Design Category, joining Bang & Olufsen, Nordisk Company A/S and internationally acclaimed eyeglass manufacturer Lindberg.

“We are pleased and honoured that Intiga has been recognized by the Danish Design Awards,” said Ben Colman, Sales & Marketing Director of Oticon Ltd. “In designing Intiga, and all Oticon hearing solutions, our focus is always on how we can best meet the needs and preferences of people with hearing loss first. We designed Intiga to address first-time users’ desire for discreetness, natural sound quality and rapid acclimatisation. An international study* by respected universities in the USA and Germany has already shown us that Intiga meets new users’ expectations, delivering immediate acceptance and immediate benefits.”

The Danish
The winners of the Danish Design Award 2012 will be announced in September 2012 at the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Design Award is presented to companies that have created innovative products characterized by aesthetics, innovation, user-friendliness, responsibility and durability. Award judges praised Intiga’s combination of advanced technology and “functional and elegant design.” Judges also noted that the tiny hearing instrument’s cutting-edge design demonstrated “a good understanding of users’ needs.”

For more information about Oticon Intiga, visit

Music stars reveal they have tinnitus

Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay and husband of the actress Gwenneth Paltrow, has admitted for the first time to suffering from tinnitus. Chris Martin said, “Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. I’ve had tinnitus for about 10 years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse. But I wish I’d thought about it earlier. Now we always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try and protect our ears.”

Other music stars have also revealed they have tinnitus. Plan B, British rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director said, “When I first developed tinnitus, I thought it was trains rushing by my house as I live near a railway line – it was really loud and an extremely high pitched ringing in my ears. I had to see an ear specialist as I couldn’t get rid of this ringing noise, I didn’t know what it was, and I was told it was tinnitus. I now have to wear special earplugs when I go to bed to help stop my ears from ringing. There’s no doubt it’s been caused by years of being on stage and subjected to very loud decibels of music. So if you’re listening to music a lot, producing music or performing live, then always wear earplugs. You’re not Superman and your hearing matters!”

The music stars spoke about their tinnitus problems during the launch of the Loud Music campaign, an Action on Hearing Loss initiative to make people aware of the dangers of listening to loud music for too long. Eighties icon Gary Numan also revealed his own hearing problems to help promote the Loud Music campaign, which educates young people to listen to music safely.  You can Watch the campaign video, comment on the campaign pages, or tweet using #loudmusic.

It’s not just loud music that can cause tinnitus, with one in ten of the population suffering with the condition; there can be many other triggers. What is important is that people seek help, as tinnitus can cause anxiety and stress, which can also make the tinnitus seem worse. GPs and charities such as the British Tinnitus Association ( can all offer help, as can your local independent hearing aid dispenser. It is important to speak to someone if this is affecting you or a loved one.

Dirt Sweat & Gears!

6 US States in and Leon Cox from Hearing Aid Manufacturer, Unitron, is half way through his charity bike ride to raise money for Great Ormond Street’s Audiology Department.

Arriving at a crossroads, Leon had a big decision to make, turn back and return to the Sunkist boardwalks of Santa Monica or carry on towards New York, covering 3000 miles in the process.

When Unitron’s Regional Manager, Leon Cox embarked on his coast-to-coast charity bike ride earlier this month, he didn’t quite realise just how daunting his journey would be. With no support team and only an Ipod for company, Leon has pushed himself to the limits of physical endurance by attempting to cover approximately 150 miles per day during his 5 week journey.

For the most part of his journey Leon has been shadowing Route 66, the famous American highway, and has so far passed through California, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. With around 60% of his journey complete Leon is hoping to cross the finish line in New York City within the next 2 weeks.

Cycling in scorching temperatures of up to 40C, Leon who has been training for the task for the past 6 months has been faced with some tough challenges, and with such an ambitious schedule, thing haven’t always gone to plan. On his travels Leon has had to deal with punctured tyres, vicious dogs, aggressive drivers and saddle sores, yet the 29-year-old, who is hoping to raise £5,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Audiology Department, says he has experienced some of the world’s most spectacular scenery including rolling deserts and breathtaking mountains.

Talking to Leon via Skype, he said: “Morale has been pretty low at times, especially when my bike has broken or I’ve gotten lost, but my spirits have been uplifted by the hospitality of the American people, the beautiful landscape around me and also the support I have received from back home.

I know what I am doing is a little crazy but it’s in aide of an amazing charity. Once I have recovered then I know I will look back and be pretty humbled that I managed to complete such an amazing challenge.”

Leon maintains that support not only comes in the form of financial aid, but by also by spreading awareness.

You can sponsorLeonby visiting his “Just Giving” webpage.

You can also read his experiences via his live blog –

AIHHP Member wins top audiology award

Council Member and former Chair named hearing professional of the year

Rob Beiny receiving his trophy in Frankfurt

Hertfordshire hearing specialist and founder Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP) member Robert Beiny is celebrating after being named the Rayovac Audio Infos Audiologist of the Year for 2011.

Robert, who runs the Hearing Healthcare Practice in Harpenden, was chosen as the winner by a panel of the hearing industry’s leading figures.   He was nominated for the award by the mother of a 20-year-old girl who, with his support, has overcome years of problems to fulfil her dream of becoming a flight attendant.

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