Archive: 2014

AIHHP Tribute to Lawrence Werth

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Lawrence receiving the AIHHP Special Recognition Golden Lobe Award, for services to the Independent Hearing Aid Industry in October 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Werth’s contribution to the hearing healthcare profession was incredibly significant, not only with PC Werth but also as the Chairman of British Hearing Aid Manufacturers Association (BHAMA).

He was, without question a leading authority figure in the audiology community, although what will always stay with me is Lawrence’s enthusiasm for the profession and it’s people.   

Lawrence had a natural, academic instinct with regards to audiology, appreciating and understanding the complexities of manufacture, distribution through to provision and the end user.  This ability to appreciate the industry from it’s many facets gained him respect from all areas and will ensure his memory and legacy will stay with us.  

He was omnipresent at all events and thrived in the company of people happy to debate the latest topics.  He greeted innovation with a professional eye but  with the look and enthusiasm of a child at Christmas.

Above all else he was a gentleman in the true sense of the word and will be greatly missed.

Thank you Lawrence for your guidance, advice and friendship.

Duncan Collet-Fenson, Chair – AIHHP – On behalf of AIHHP Council & Executive Members


Which? Survey: Independents are the Best Hearing Aid Providers

allagehearingtriangle2400 Which? Members who had bought a hearing aid in the past 3 years were recently surveyed to find out about their hearing aid buying experiences in the UK.

Results were based on a survey conducted between 28th March and 8th April 2014 of 407 Which? Connect members who had bought a hearing aid within the previous 3 years.

80 local independent retailers along with 255 national retailers made up the sample.

Customers scores were a combination of satisfaction and recommendation and the star ratings for product and pricing were based on the range of products, transparency of their pricing, clarity of information provided with them and time given to decide on products.

Staff and Service was made up of ratings of the professionalism and knowledge of staff, customer service, handling of questions and concerns plus explanations given.

AIHHP is delighted to see the latest findings from this survey, which supports the work of its’ independent members.

Chair, Duncan Collet-Fenson commented “As a group of leading hearing aid audiologists who are committed to promoting and maintaining the very highest professional and ethical standards in hearing healthcare; our aim is always to ensure that the needs of our customers are put first, without any allegiance to specific manufacturers. By being independent we can absolutely guarantee the best solution to meet our customers hearing requirements.”

For further information or to arrange an interview with the Chair of AIHHP, please contact PR & Marketing Manager:

Stephanie Meli on 01757 248943 or via email: info@littlemarketing.co.uk.


AIHHP Welcome new Council Member

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The Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP) are pleased to announce the addition of Colin Eaton onto their council.

Nominated by fellow member Stephen Neal and voted onto council at AIHHP’s Annual General Meeting on Sat 1st March 2014, Colin, owner of Honiton Hearing Centre and with 15yrs experience in the industry, is well placed to join the other 10 Executive members that run AIHHP.

AIHHP is a not for profit professional association dedicated to promoting excellence within the UK Hearing Care profession.

AIHHP members provide a range of higher quality services including hearing assessments, hearing aid provision, hearing protection and other specialised services relating to hearing than would normally be found on the high street.

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AIHHP members were described later the same day by guest speaker, Starkey’s Jason Galster as being:

“…in my opinion, among the top hearing aid audiologists anywhere in the world!

Jason, Manager of Clinical & Comparative Research at Starkey Hearing Technologies in Minnesota went on to say:

If UK consumers are looking for high-quality, independent advice on hearing care, they should locate the nearest AIHHP member and ask about hearing aids, hearing protection and other services.

Colin was delighted to be voted onto the AIHHP council, saying:

“I have been a full member of AIHHP for many years now, and their ethos of best practice, best technology, and best client care is something I whole heartedly endorse, we were awarded AIHHP Centre of Excellence status shortly after we joined the Association, and to be recognised as such by our peers is something we are extremely proud of, the path towards serving on the AIHHP council was an obvious next step, and I look forward to doing my best for the Association.”

The AIHHP Council members have regular conference calls, meet before each conference as well as working behind the scenes on various projects on behalf of all AIHHP members to ensure the UK public can be provided with the best possible standards in hearing care.

For further information on how to join AIHHP please call 01896 755473 or email info@aihhp.org


AIHHP Member Bringing hearing to Romania

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Vicki Skeels, owner of The Hearing Care Centre in Colchester and who also serves on AIHHP’s council, spent a week in Romania at the end of October 2013, carrying out hearing related charity work for two charities: The Christiana Association in Brasov & The Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation in Bucharest.

Vicki and Dr Ella Carmaciu, The Hearing Care Centre’s new micro-suction specialist (who comes from Romania), and their teenage children visited Brasov and Bucharest, where they provided free ear examinations, hearing tests and micro-suction/wax removal, along with fitting old hearing aids donated by clients and the Lions Club. The aids were refurbished in the UK by prison inmates, as part of a rehabilitation programme. Phonak kindly supplied the batteries and Arlington Labs has produced brand new ear moulds for each patient.

‘People usually think of children with charity work in Romania, but the old people there are just as vulnerable,’ Vicki explains. ‘Many are alone, as their children often leave the country to find better work. They have no state benefits and a meagre pension, so cannot afford hearing aids if they lose their hearing.

‘We fitted about 55 aids over just a few days. It was intense, but so rewarding to see the joy these little devices could bring. Many of the recipients heard properly for the first time in decades, and their emotions often brought tears to our eyes. We are already planning to return next year.’

Editorial Contact:
Nancy Usher, The Hearing Care Centre
Tel: 01206 760839
Mob: 07884 295223
Email: marketing@skeelshearing.co.uk

About The Hearing Care Centre

The Hearing Care Centre is a multi-award winning private hearing aid clinic based at 3B Headgate, Colchester, serving the hard-of-hearing population across North and Mid Essex. It fits the latest in hi-tech digital hearing aids from a range of top manufacturers, also providing specialist hearing assessments and other related services.

Established by Vicki Skeels RHAD FSHAA in 1998, the Centre has since grown to include a number of satellite clinics in the surrounding region and a team of fully qualified, independent hearing aid audiologists/dispensers.

Professional staff are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, BSHAA (British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists) and AIHHP (Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals). The Centre is also an AIHHP Centre of Excellence and has been accredited by the BSHAA customer service scheme.