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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How to protect your hearing?

Hearing is one of our 5 vital senses and is something that most people depend on. Many people routinely damage their hearing without even realising it. Unfortunately, when it comes to hearing, once the damage is done there is often no going back.

heard believes that in the same way we protect our skin from the sun by using sunscreen or seeking shade, we should look to protect our ears across every stage of life.

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Here are 5 ways that you can protect your hearing every day.

1. Be mindful of the noise around you.

It’s important to tune in to the world around you and be conscious of any noise that could damage your hearing. Here are some everyday tips to help you to navigate this noisy world.

  • Where possible, limit time exposed to loud noise.
  • Use hearing protection when loud noise can’t be avoided.
  • Take regular breaks from noise.
  • Distance yourself from the source of noise, i.e. from a loud speaker at a party.

Note, there is no need to avoid loud events altogether, you should still live your life to the full! There are, however, certain settings that might benefit from the use of hearing protection as ears don’t have the ability to shut like the eyes do to protect themselves!

Events and activities that can hurt your hearing

Events
At home when using
Hobbies
At Work
Concerts
Lawn mower
Shooting
See ‘workplace hearing wellness’ for more information
Nightclubs
Leaf blower
Motorcycle riding
Sporting events
Power tools
Cinema
Firework displays
Blender
Woodworking
Hair dryer
Gym classes
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2. Lower the volume on electronic devices

When a device is played at full volume, the CDC estimates that damage to your hearing is possible in less than 5 minutes. Wow. Experts therefore recommend the 60/60 rule when listening to music on your headphones to avoid any damage to your hearing.

‘Listen at 60 percent of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes before taking a break.’

Top Tip - Using over-the-ear headphones or noise cancelling ear buds can help you to block out background noise and avoid having to turn the volume down.

Top Tip - iPhones and smart phones also have settings that allow you to limit the volume on your device, which means that you can cap the volume at a safe threshold so you can ensure safe listening.

3. Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear

Put the cotton bud down!! Inserting any foreign object into your ear risks damaging the eardrum or ear canal but using cotton buds to clean your ears can also push the wax deeper into the ear canal and cause a blockage which can lead to hearing loss. Having a bit of ear wax is a sign of a healthy functioning ear, so unless you notice a fullness in your ear, earache, dizziness, ringing in the ear or hearing loss, there is no need to do anything about your ear wax. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your GP.

4. What’s good for your heart, is good for your hearing!

The inner ear is just like other parts of the body! It needs blood supply to get oxygen and other nutrients to stay alive. It has a network of fine blood vessels that can be damaged in the same way blood vessels that feed the heart can be. Injured blood vessels in the inner ear can lead to hearing loss.

Things that are good for the heart are therefore good for your hearing, like:
🚬 Stopping smoking
🍏 Having a healthy diet
🏃🏽Exercising
🏥 Managing morbidities such as
🩸 high blood pressure
🫀high cholesterol
🍚 diabetes

5. Get regular hearing checks

Anyone can do RNID's online hearing test. It takes just 3 minutes so is as quick as making a cup of tea and can give you an instant indication of any hearing problems.

If you have already noticed changes to your hearing, however, it’s recommended that you get an in-person hearing check. Contact your GP who will check your ears and discuss your hearing before providing information on the next best steps. Alternatively, you can book a hearing test directly with your local private audiologist.

Oxford university Professor Sarah Bauermeister, one of heard’s experts, recommends starting to get hearing tests in your 30’s and 40’s to provide a baseline reading. It is never too early, or too late, to prioritise your hearing health!

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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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