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Audiologist of the Year

Friday January 8, 2016

A hearing specialist at Worthing Hospital and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham has been named Audiologist of the Year by the British Academy of Audiology (BAA).

Helen Lee, who has been helping patients at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for more than 30 years, won the prestigious prize after a colleague put her forward.

Helen, the trust’s chief audiologist, said: “I was very humbled even to be nominated and it was just such an incredible surprise to discover I had won.

“However, it’s not just me, I am just one member of an excellent team in Audiology and I’d like to thank all my colleagues for their support and especially Carol who put me forward for the award.”

The BAA’s Audiologist of the Year accolade is awarded to an audiologist that stands out from the crowd – someone who has gone above and beyond to put the patient first.

Carol Churchill, audiology manager at Worthing Hospital, nominated Helen for the exemplary care she gave to a young girl whose quality of life was being severely affected by tinnitus, which creates a buzzing in the ears.

Carol wrote in the nomination: “In her own time, Helen prepared a personalised care plan, researched current best practise, liaised with tinnitus specialists, prepared visuals and made a chart to aid this little girl’s rehabilitation.”

She added: “Helen is one of the most compassionate, caring, hard-working, patient-centred audiologists I have ever met and she is truly worthy of the award.”

As a result of Helen’s innovative approach the young girl is now sleeping at night, coping better at school as well as at home and is much happier and able to manage the symptoms of tinnitus.

The audiology department at Worthing and Southlands hospitals provides tests, support and treatment for people of all ages who have problems with their hearing or balance.

If you are concerned about your hearing the team of qualified audiologists are there to help.

Contact Audiology on 01903 285013 or email wshnt.audiologydepartment@nhs.net



Picture caption: Helen Lee, Audiologist of the Year.

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