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UNITED KINGDOM AUDIOLOGIST OF THE YEAR 2017 IS ANNOUNCED

“My audiologist made such a difference to my life that I was suddenly able to hear things I hadn’t heard for 20 years.”

UNITED KINGDOM AUDIOLOGIST OF THE YEAR 2017 IS ANNOUNCED

A “kind, sympathetic, calm, reassuring, competent and knowledgeable” audiologist has fought off stiff competition to take home the most coveted award in his field.

Robert Beiny, Audiologist at the Hearing Healthcare Practice in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, has been announced as the 2017 United Kingdom Audiologist of the Year.

The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA). The competition relies on nominations from patients who have experienced exceptional care from their audiologist.

Celebrating a decade of industry excellence, a panel of independent hearing care professionals came together over the summer to judge the high volume of United Kingdom entries, to determine who deserved to be crowned as the winner.

Robert Beiny was nominated by Christine who, in her entry, described how he didn’t just fit her hearing aid, he also gave her hope for the future.

In her heart-warming nomination for Robert, Christine said: “My first impression of Robert was that he was kind, sympathetic, calm, reassuring, competent and knowledgeable. Fifteen years on, I can certainly say that impression was spot on. He gave me hope.

“He has managed to help me keep pace with my hearing loss (I have a severe to profound loss in both ears) by fitting me with the latest aids that might give me an edge in the hearing world. I’m never sure which of us the most excited by the latest technology!

Lidia Smolarek-Best, Vice President from EFHOH, said: “We are thrilled to be part of a competition that brings so many professionals from the industry together to recognise their life-changing accomplishments. There are some absolutely terrific audiologists out there, demonstrating that care goes well beyond the consulting room.”

Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “The award is not only an accolade in its own right but plays a key role in supporting the practices of winning audiologists around Europe.

“With the support of our sponsors, we are honoured to once again be able to celebrate the achievements of hardworking and dedicated hearing care professionals. In our 10th anniversary special year, we’ve received an incredible number of entries to the competition showcasing the high standard of work taking place across Europe.”

Judging is now underway to decide which of the winners from each of the participating countries will go on to win the coveted title of European Audiologist of the Year. The winner will receive a cash prize along with a certificate, which will be presented at the annual Evening of Excellence during the EUHA event in Germany this October.