Family connections made me aware of hearing loss from an early age. I just grew up with it.
My career started in engineering, including a stint at the National Engineering Laboratory on Noise Reduction. Eventually chance led me to Audiology, how lucky was I! I think we are at a cross roads and I believe BSHAA has the potential to make a BIG difference to our profession’s future.
I don’t believe it’s about where we work, National/Independent/NHS/Manufacturer/Academia it’s about how do we make sure the awesomely significant work we do, day in and day out is valued, encouraged and appreciated for the massive difference it makes to the lives of our patients and their families.
We need a much greater profile, so we are more valued by:
- the General Public
- other Health Professionals
A Member of BSHAA for over 20 years, a Fellow since 2002 I joined the Board in January this year. I’m now more aware of the work BSHAA does for its members BEHIND the scenes and the time council members and officers put in to support our Society.
However, at this time of change, with the Likelihood of a College of Audiology taking up some or even all of the Societies roles, I believe we need to work even harder to ensure our voices are heard. It’s YOUR Society and council needs to be much more proactive in engaging with members to determine your views and wants.
Let us be proud of our role as Registered Hearing Aid Dispensers, we are REAL audiologists, delivering cutting edge technology and holistic wide-ranging patient support. We must work to ensure we are heard and valued in the Health community and beyond. If elected I will work tirelessly to do just that.