Sarah Bauermeister

Associate Professor, Oxford University

Sarah Bauermeister is a cognitive neuropsychologist and epidemiologist. She manages scientific research for Dementias Platform UK and is Principal Investigator for ‘Blossom Early Adversity & Brain Health Programme’ and ‘Modify: Modifying Dementia Risk Through Lifestyle Programme’. She has a keen interest in raising awareness around the link between dementia, hearing loss and hearing aid use. She is passionate about removing the stigma of hearing tests and wearing hearing aids.

Ruchi Sharma

Audiologist
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Ruchi Sharma is an experienced hearing audiologist helping individuals improve, fine tune and rehabilitate their hearing needs. Her patients' needs are always a priority where she focuses on improving their overall lifestyle and quality of life. A typical day can be working in care homes, doing home visits, working in hearing clinics and even visiting hearing aid patients in opticians! She has two beautiful children and loves to travel, yoga, and spend time with family outdoors.

Frazer Paterson

Director & Clinical Audiologist (bsc, pgdip, hcpc, mshaa)

Frazer, a degree trained audiologist has extensive and varied experience in the world of Audiology. With two spells in the NHS he was held to the highest clinical standards in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. His experience working for one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers has exposed him to the latest hearing aid technology and how to maximise its potential. Frazer is passionate that hearing loss should not be a barrier to employment, limit a person’s ability to communicate with friends and family or curtail any aspect of their life.

Adam Bostock

Founder, Alto Hearing and Tinnitus Specialists

Adam Bostock founded ‘Alto Hearing and Tinnitus Specialists’ following a career in the audiology sector which began in 2005. He has extensive experience working in NHS ENT clinics, alongside both adult and paediatric audiology. Most recently Adam was ‘Head of Commerical’ at Boots HearingCare. He worked as a regional manager and director of sales, leading a large team of audiologists and hearing care assistants. 

Michelle Hu

Paediatric Audiologist

Dr. Michelle Hu is a paediatric audiologist. She was diagnosed with mild hearing loss as a toddler and by the age of 10 had profound sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally and was fitted with hearing aids. Alongside her day job as a paediatric audiologist, she provides online courses that provide support and guidance for parents of children with hearing loss. She loves being with her family, experimenting in the kitchen, gardening and exploring new places.

Carly Sygrove

Hearing Loss Coach

Carly Sygrove is a Hearing Loss Coach and a hearing health advocate who has single-sided deafness. She blogs about living with hearing loss at My Hearing Loss Story and manages the My Hearing Loss Story online support group for people with hearing loss. She is also the founder of the Sudden Hearing Loss Support website, a source of information and support for people affected by sudden hearing loss.   

Iain n Edgar

Director & Clinical Audiologist (ba pgdip hcpc mshaa rccp)

Iain studied for his postgraduate diploma in Audiology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. He has 8 years of experience as an NHS audiologist. For the past 5 years, alongside ENT and Hearing Aid clinics, he has taken tinnitus clinics and been involved in the Scottish Tinnitus Advisory Group. In addition to his NHS work, Iain has recently opened a private clinic in his local community of Clarkston, where he is eager to make a small but meaningful difference in improving people’s quality of life.

Mr Joseph Manjaly

Consultant Otologist, Hearing Implant & ENT Surgeon

Joseph Manjaly is a Consultant Otologist, Auditory Implant & ENT Surgeon, specialising in ear and hearing problems for adults and children. He is fellowship-trained in otology and auditory implant surgery and takes pride in effectively treating patients with hearing loss, ear discharge, discomfort, tinnitus and dizziness. He has a busy NHS practice at the renowned Royal National ENT Hospital in Central London, part of University College Hospitals NHS Trust.

Peter Lucas-Herald

Clinical Audiologist (msc bsc (hons) rccp hcpc)

Peter has a strong academic background, first graduating with a biology degree from Edinburgh University before moving on to study audiology at Queen Margaret University. He then completed a master’s degree in audiology, researching vestibular testing methodology.

Peter has been working as a clinical audiologist within the NHS, taking a particular interest in vestibular assessment and reassessment. Balance problems can be incredibly debilitating and Peter has a passion to work with these clients to regain their confidence and help them return to a normal life.

Miriam Warcup

Co Founder (BA MSc MSc)
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Miriam undertook a Master's at Kings College London in 2020 in 'Gerontology and Ageing'. It was here that she specialised in 'Dementia Prevention' for her thesis, where she learnt of the little known fact, that untreated hearing loss is the biggest risk factor for dementia that we can do something about. Miriam's thesis was later published in the journal of 'Working with Older People'.

Since then, she has been on a mission to help spread the word and to empower individuals to reduce this risk factor by taking simple steps to prioritise their hearing, not only for the benefit of their brain health, but for their physical and mental health too. 

Her background is economics and business, but her passion has always been to help others. She's long had a keen interest in helping to reduce the monumental global impacts of dementia. 

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8 lifestyle tips for better hearing

There’s more to hearing health than just looking after your ears! Lots of healthy habits can keep the blood flowing to your ears that helps to nourish your auditory system and helps you to avoid damaging the 16,000 tiny hair cells in your inner ear. 

As there is no cure for damaged hair cells, anything you can do to ensure they’re kept in tip top condition will help to prolong your hearing. Here's heard's 8 lifestyle tips for better hearing.

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Excercise

Get physical!

Regular exercise brings an endless list of health benefits to your overall health and wellbeing, including helping to improve your hearing health.  It doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise, but anything that can get the blood flowing around your body on a regular basis supports the flow of blood to your ears, including the tiny hair cells which are part of the ear and enable you to hear.

Vegetables

Eat well!

Just another reason to get your 5 a day in! A diet high in fruits and vegetables has been associated with less hearing difficulties, whilst a diet high in saturated fats is associated with more hearing difficulties! A range of vitamins and minerals have been directly linked to a healthy auditory system such as potassium, zinc, folic acid, magnesium and vitamin D, all of which can be obtained from a balanced diet.

Smoking

Stop smoking!

Add hearing impairment to the long list of negative health consequences caused by smoking. Research suggests that smoking can more than double the risk of developing hearing loss, with nicotine and carbon monoxide both causing issues to your hair cells due to lowering blood oxygen levels and constricting blood vessels.

Heart

Look after your heart!

What’s good for your heart is good for your hearing! So, try and keep your ticker in shape. This is particularly important for people with high blood pressure or high cholesterol, as both conditions have been associated with a higher risk of hearing loss! Just like other parts of the body, the inner ear needs blood supply to get oxygen and nutrients to stay alive, so prioritising your cardiovascular health can have huge benefits for your auditory system.

Blood sugar

Keep blood sugar under control!

Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage small blood vessels and nerves in your inner ear. On the other side of the coin, consistent low blood sugar levels have also been found to damage how signals travel to your brain from your inner ear. For this reason, people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss (CDC). So if you are diabetic, it’s important to manage your condition with help from a healthcare professional and ensure you get your hearing checked as part of your overall health checks.

Earmuffs

Physical Protection

If you work in a noisy environment or have noisy hobbies like going to gigs or motorcycling, it is worth investing in ear protection to ensure your ears are protected against loud sounds. If you’re unsure about ‘how loud is too loud’, you can use the NIOSH sound level meter app to check whether the level of noise you are being exposed to is safe or not. Speak to your employer if you are concerned about noise levels in the work place. They are legally obliged to ensure that your environment doesn't harm your hearing.

Speaker

Turn down the volume

Technology has already been built into most smartphone devices, notifying you if you’ve been exposed to audio over 80 decibels over a significant period. The technology will automatically turn down the sound for you and work towards protecting your hearing effortlessly. Listening to your TV, phone and radio on a lower volume will reduce any potential impact to your hearing. Also taking regular breaks from earphone use when listening to loud music can be great for your hearing. Your ears need a rest!

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Get your hearing checked

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again! The first step to priortising your hearing health, is to get your hearing tested and it’s never too early or too late to do so. heard’s brain health expert, Oxford University Professor Sarah Bauermeister recommends regular ‘hearing tests’ from your 30’s onwards. So, what are you waiting for, click on the link and use RNID’s online hearing test, which takes just 3 minutes so is as quick as making a cuppa tea!

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Miriam Warcup

Co Founder (BA MSc MSc)

Miriam undertook a Master's at Kings College London in 2020 in 'Gerontology and Ageing'. It was here that she specialised in 'Dementia Prevention' for her thesis, where she learnt of the little known fact, that untreated hearing loss is the biggest risk factor for dementia that we can do something about. Miriam's thesis was later published in the journal of 'Working with Older People'. Since then, she has been on a mission to help spread the word and to empower individuals to reduce this risk factor by taking simple steps to prioritise their hearing, not only for the benefit of their brain health, but for their physical and mental health too.  Her background is economics and business, but her passion has always been to help others. She's long had a keen interest in helping to reduce the monumental global impacts of dementia. 

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