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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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For further information email or phone 01506 292 042

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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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The Hidden Dangers of Purchasing Hearing Aids Off the Internet

At first glance, the idea of buying hearing aids online off the Internet may seem like a good one, whether its from a website like eBay or an online retailer, especially when they appear to be low cost or budget hearing aids. But unfortunately it’s based on a number of important misunderstandings that the online retailer will conveniently neglect to tell you about.

So read this first, to you understand how to avoid falling into the same trap others have.

1. Hearing Aids are not a ‘white good’…

People often mistakenly think that a hearing aid is much like a television, or a computer, or a HiFi, and so they expose it to the normal ways they would expect to go about purchasing these types of goods: shop around, compare features and prices etc. But hearing aids are not white goods. They’re MEDICAL devices.

Hearing aids therefore need to be correctly PRESCRIBED and FITTED by someone who is trained and qualified to do so. If you are not fitted with the correct one for your hearing and hearing requirements – at best, it will be ineffective; at worse, it could actually damage your hearing.

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