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A bit about Samantha – Your Audiologist

A bit about Samantha – Your Audiologist

“I have been an Audiologist for over 29 years working in both the Public and Private sector. I must admit I like working for but felt my place was within the private sector as so much more can be achieved but more importantly so much more can be done to support the individual patient.

I have always had an interest in hearing, and it goes back to when I was very small. When I was two and a half, my Dad was very ill, and my Mum went out to work.  In those days you had neighbours rather than child minders! I was passed over the back fence each morning to Mrs McIntyre.  She was amazing and I loved her very much. She and her husband were both profoundly deaf or what they used to call deaf and dumb.  

I hate this term as she was anything but and one of the most wonderful, caring and clever women I have ever known.  She cared for me until I was around 5 years old and by then I had both spoken language and British Sign Language (BSL). At the age of 5, I would often ‘translate’ for her if she was having difficulty with lipreading.  

To this day it is my biggest regret losing my BSL (I can still understand more than I can sign and can make myself understood with spelling things out). I only ‘lost’ it as I moved away from Scotland when I was 7 and spent the next 21 years in Hong Kong where my Dad was a civil servant.

My Father has been hearing impaired since a diving accident in his 30’s, (diving with an ear infection is not recommended!).  He wears a Widex Moment 440 in the left ear and has now worn hearing aids since I became an Audiologist after two stapedectomies failed.

When I came back to UK, I was a medical PA and then started my nursing course doing my surgical training in ENT. Unfortunately, that came to an abrupt end after a road traffic accident.  This meant that I would have to ‘do’ something else. Call it kismet or destiny but I found a two line advert about training to be an Audiologist in my local Job Centre, I applied, qualified and became fully registered in 1994.  I even remember fitting body worn aids to people, it was so long ago!  Fate had this career in mind for me from the beginning and I haven’t looked back.

“I love what I do. Making people hear again is really rather awesome!”

I have worked for all sizes of high street companies but always wanted to start my own clinic where I could decide how I wanted to serve the people I care for.  

I have invested heavily in the latest, state of the art testing equipment and verification systems for my patients. I have video otoscopy for keeping images on patient files and I have a Tympanometer for measuring pressures, which is not something commonly done in private clinics. 

I am independent of any manufacturer so I can help guide individuals to the best possible solution for their needs and lifestyle. 

I have been a manager of a flagship branch in Harley Street, London, working with ENT surgeons and in small town branches serving rural Scotland, even going to the islands to run clinics. I have in the past been an audiology trainer helping new graduates and existing audiologists with anything from clinical technique and learning to patient centred care training.

I have always had a love of learning and am currently in the last year of my Master’s Degree in Audiology.  Having passed all my modules, I am just researching topics for my thesis. This will be on one of the following subjects, Ramsey Hunt Syndrome, Susacs Syndrome or testing protocols for patients with dementia.

I have additional qualifications and training in Ear Wax Removal using microsuction and a PDip in Pathology of the Ear and ENT Emergencies. I have also been trained by the British Tinnitus Association in tinnitus assessment, care and advice. I continue to study throughout the year to maintain my registration with the HCPC as it is mandated, we do CPD. I own a ridiculously large reference library that keeps growing! I am not safe around a book shop! I read all the ENT journals and follow all the latest research.

Not being content with a large reference library I also collect old reference material and have an extensive collection of antique hearing trumpets and aids going back to 1817. Click here to view our collection of hearing aids.

 

Date: 19 August 2022