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AIHHP Executive Member crowned as Irish Audiologist of the Year!


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An inspirational audiologist from Ireland, has fought off tough competition to scoop the title of Irish Audiologist of the Year, after going above and beyond to transform the lives of his hearing patients.

The winner of the prestigious audiology accolade has been announced as top audiologist, Peter Ferguson.

Launched for the first time this year in Ireland, but now in its sixth year internationally, the competition, which is run in a partnership between the world’s leading hearing aid battery manufacturer, Rayovac, and leading magazine Audio Infos, celebrates the exceptional work of audiologists across Europe. An independent judging process, which included a panel of Ireland’s industry professionals, took place during the summer months, to whittle down the nominees to determine the Irish winner, focusing on the dedication, commitment, knowledge and levels of care demonstrated.

Peter was nominated by Eamonn Carew, whose inspiring story helped the judging panel make the decision to award Peter as Ireland’s top hearing professional. The judges were greatly impressed by Peter’s attention to his patient’s comfort and well-being, his commitment to keeping up with the latest technology and his dedication to fund-raising for the local deaf community.

Despite suffering with hearing loss from a young age, Eamonn refused to wear hearing aids due to the social stigma which can sometimes be associated with traditional, behind-the-ear devices. Once it became apparent that Eamonn needed the aids on a daily basis, and that in the ear hearing aids were unsuitable for him, his confidence took a knock, something which Peter immediately recognised and acted upon.

In his nomination for Peter, Eamonn said: “Peter always displayed great patience and kindness in situations where I was lacking confidence and has managed to rid me of my self-consciousness.

“On the occasional visits where my wife accompanies me, she is always made most welcome and is always included totally in my consultation. Peter always takes great care to investigate any observations which she makes regarding my hearing which may differ from my own observations.

“Peter seems to have all the time in the world for you when you are with him. Despite having a very large number of patients he always remembers details regarding your family, holidays, birthdays etc. In short, each visit is a pleasure and you always feel better on leaving than on entering.”

Despite running a busy clinic, Peter’s dedication to improving the lives of people with hearing loss extends way beyond his day job. Not only is he a founding member of the Mid West School for Hearing Impaired Children in Limerick – the only specialist deaf school outside of Dublin – but he was also heavily involved in ongoing fund raising and equipment donation for the school and was the president of the Association of Mid West Parents of Deaf Children.

A member of the judging panel, Jim Sharkey from Advance Hearing, said: “I really like this entry as it shows a high level of professionalism within the centre itself backed up by a strong feeling of trust with the audiologist and a general overall perception of efficacy.

“Patience, kindness and the comfort of an audiologist who always has the time and interest in the client and the reference to fund raising and the relationship with the local deaf school is also a reason for the high mark for this entry.”

Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “Every year, Audiologist of the Year showcases some wonderful examples of professionalism, patience and kindness; it’s about finding people that go above and beyond the call of duty and really make a difference to their patient’s lives. The announcement of the country winners is one of the highlights of the year for Rayovac and after six years, the competition is growing stronger than ever.

“Audiologist of the Year is independently judged so when the announcements are made it’s a great surprise to all the Rayovac team and a particularly exciting one. I’m so proud to be a part of this fantastic award and look forward to discovering who will win the overall prize of Audiologist of the Year, due to be announced at this year’s Evening of Excellence.”

AIHHP member scoops top award!

Curtis AlcockCurtis Alcock, a UK hearing aid dispenser, has been awarded one of the top three prizes at the Ida Institute Ideas awards ceremony in California. Alcock, owner of Broom, Reid and Harris in Devon and a member of AIHHP, won ‘Best Public Awareness Campaign’ idea for his ‘Eyes checked. Teeth checked. Hearing checked’ campaign. Curtis accepted his award from Niels Boserup, Oticon Foundation Chairman, at a special event at the American Academy of Audiology annual conference in Anaheim, California.

In this idea, a mnemonic of three wise monkeys helps to establish routine hearing checks as part of the already recognized wellness routine that includes getting one’s eyes and teeth checked on a regular basis. This visual reminder would suit a variety of mediums, including print and broadcast advertisements, websites, billboards, bus posters, and cinema trailers.

Alcock’s idea beat more than 400 entries from across the world in a competition that has been running for the last 12 months. This global, online competition to identify ideas to raise awareness for hearing loss and inspire people to take action on their hearing was launched at last year’s AudiologyNOW! conference. An expert panel of judges, made up of thought leaders from the fields of hearing care, marketing, and communication met in January 2013 to choose the three most innovative ideas in the competition.

Ida Institute managing director Lise Lotte Bundesen said during the awards ceremony, “We have celebrated the winners; the three big ideas and now we need to try to make these happen.” Bundesen encouraged people to continue sharing their ideas, through a new website:

Some Sad News….

Helen McLoughlin of McLoughlin Hearing Services has contacted AIHHP and asked that we share the following sad news about her father & business partner; Reg McLoughlin. Reg unfortunately lost his relatively short battle with cancer on Tuesday morning, 15th January 2013. He was 65 years old.

For those of you who knew Reg, he’d spent the last 35yrs running McLoughlin Hearing Services and in this time helped a great many people in the Sale & surrounding area of Greater Manchester with their hearing.

Reg McLoughlin

Reg worked for Scrivens in the mid 1960’s & then moved to Amplivox before setting up his business as ‘J R McLoughlin’ with Helen’s Mum in 1978. Helen joined the family business in 2001 when she was 24yrs old.

The funeral will take place on Thurs 24th January at 1pm at Dukenfield Cemetery at the following address:

Hall Green Road Dukenfield Sk16 4EP

Helen has said that anyone is welcome to attend and all are welcome back afterwards to a local hotel for drinks and nibbles.  (Please contact if you’d like the exact location details emailed to you.)

Reg’s family would like donations made to either Macmillan Cancer Support or The Christie Hospital in Manchester -this will be confirmed asap.

Reg was a true gentleman – a lovely man and all at AIHHP thank him for sharing some of his time with us.


Look who the new face of Rayovac’s 2013 UK Audiologist of the Year Award is!

AIHHP’s very own Shona Jackson! (Sporting a very nice AIHHP shirt in the photo!)

The search has begun for the 2013 UK Audiologist of the Year with patients being encouraged to nominate hearing professionals who have provided exceptional levels of support and service.

Organised by hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, the competition is in its sixth year and offers patients the opportunity to say thank you to their hearing care professionals

The competition encourages hearing patients in the UK to vote for their audiology professionals who they believe have gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing hearing care services.

TheUKwinner this year will once again go forward to the European competition where they will face champions from acrossEurope.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of the UKwinner, Stephen Douglas, from Inverness

Stephen was later crowned European champion ahead of individual winners fromFrance,Germany,SpainandSweden. In 2013 the competition is also being extended toIrelandand theNetherlands.

Rayovac Marketing Director Paula Brinson-Pyke said: “It is a pleasure for Rayovac to be launching the 2013 Audiologist of the Year award for the sixth year running.

“We are looking forward to receiving each of the many entries and reading people’s inspiring stories.

“Over the past six years many people have shared their stories and experiences with us and, as in previous years, no doubt the judges will find it extremely hard to choose a winner.”

The winning audiologist will win the prestigious title of Audiologist of the Year and receive a cash prize – but they won’t be the only winner. By casting a vote, the nominating patient can also receive a cash prize and electrical goods if their audiologist wins.

The Audiologist of the Year award, which was first held in 2008, has grown to become the leading industry award for hearing professionals and is judged by a panel of independent industry experts

All nominations are judged anonymously with the judges particularly looking for audiologists that demonstrate:

  • Outstanding commitment to the patient
  • Support for the patient and the family
  • Making a difference in the patient’s life
  • Knowledge about new technologies
  • Working closely with other specialists, providing a team approach

Entries can be made online – or via post – and votes can be cast until 12th July. Further information is available at the competition website

The overall winner of the competition will again be presented with their award and prize at the annual EUHA Congress in October. Each of the national champions also receives an award as does the nominating patient.

All nominations have to be made by patients but audiologists can ensure their patients are aware of the competition by downloading promotional materials from the Rayovac website.

For more information about the competition visit or visit our Facebook page:

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.”

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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 –