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Duncan Collet-Fenson, of Aston Hearing Service, has been named UK Audiologist of the Year 2016

UK Audiologist of the Year 2016

Aston Hearing has been providing quality private hearing care for nearly thirty years, and now we are proud to announce that Aston Hearing’s Director and long-standing audiologist, Duncan Collet-Fenson, has been named UK Audiologist of the Year 2016 and is now waiting to hear about the results of the European Audiologist of the Year, to be announced later this month. 

The award is nationwide and each country winner goes through to the prestigious European-wide award.  It recognises ‘outstanding care’ by a hearing care professional. The Audiologist of the Year title is awarded on the basis of commitment, exceptional knowledge and making a tangible difference to their patient’s lifestyle.

The award is nationwide and each country winner goes through to the prestigious European-wide award. It recognises ‘outstanding care’ by a hearing care professional. The Audiologist of the Year title is awarded on the basis of commitment, exceptional knowledge and making a tangible difference to their patient’s lifestyle.

Duncan was nominated for the award by Nikki, who has been coming to Aston Hearing for many years. Nikki was born with single-sided deafness but for many years she was able to manage without a hearing aid, relying on her good ear. In her late 30s Nikki experienced Sudden Hearing Loss, which reduced her remaining hearing to about 20% in her good ear. She then wore a hearing device on one side, which was looked after by Aston Hearing and helped her to make the most of her remaining hearing and live a fully active life, teaching and looking after her two children.

Unfortunately, in April this year Nikki again experienced a drop in her hearing, reducing her hearing levels to complete hearing loss and leaving her with distressing tinnitus. Nikki was able to rush to Aston Hearing, where Duncan, who was working late on a Saturday evening, Duncan’s test revealed an audiogram that showed Nikki’s hearing was dropping at an alarming rate. This is a condition known as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss if not caught and treated early is a permanent devastating hearing loss. With all the results she required, Nikki went to A&E and was given steroids, within the 48 hour window of opportunity. After a long two and a half weeks on the tapered steroid prescription, Nikki’s hearing recovered to the point it was prior to the initial drop.

Nikki’s story is remarkable, and is just one example of how Duncan has been able to help many local people to maximise their hearing potential. Aston Hearing aims to provide high quality service, always putting clients first and recognising their individual needs. Aston Hearing believes in creating a partnership between clients and audiologists, who work together to improve hearing and communication.

Kate Collet-Fenson, Director of Aston Hearing, says,

“Whether we see you for one hearing test, or support you for many years, our audiologists take the time to understand your personal situation. We are delighted that Duncan’s years of hard work have been recognised and look forward to many more years of supporting local people.”

Duncan Collet-Fenson, says,

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to use this award to try and highlight the very real devastating affect Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) can have on a person and their whole family. It is a condition that can affect any age at any time with no previous medical history – quick diagnosis is the best cause of action to halt the progression of the condition and can in some cases help to recover the hearing”

For more information about the condition and the symptoms to watch out for call Kate directly on 01494 733840 or email Kate@astonhearing.co.uk 

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