EUROPE’S AUDIOLOGIST OF THE YEAR 2013 ANNOUNCED

An impressive audiologist from London is celebrating again, after scooping the title of European Audiologist of the Year – just weeks after being crowned the winner of the UK heat of the competition

 

Jaspreet Bahra - UK winnerIn what has been a record breaking year for the prestigious competition, Jaspreet Bahra, BSc (Hons) Audiology RHAD, who works at Harley Street Hearing in London, has come out on top thanks to a nomination from one of her patients, demonstrating her dedication and passion for her profession.
Now in its sixth year, the competition, run in partnership between the world’s leading hearing aid battery manufacturer, Rayovac, and leading magazine Audio Infos, celebrates the exceptional work of audiologists across Europe. An independent judging process, which included a panel of industry professionals, took place during the summer months, to whittle down the nominees.
Each nominee is scored on the dedication, commitment, knowledge and levels of care demonstrated, with judges deciding on winners for the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, before an overall European winner is chosen from this crème de la crème.
Jaspreet, who won the UK title of Audiologist of the Year after being nominated by her patient, Warren Stapely, has now been handed the European crown at Rayovac’s annual Evening of Excellence, which is held during the EUHA congress in Nuremberg, Germany.
Jaspreet said: “I’m still excited about being named as the UK winner of the competition, so to be crowned as the European winner as well is just unbelievable, it’s a fantastic honour.
“I’m really lucky to be in such an amazing profession, and I truly love the job I do, which means it never feels like work at all. I’d like to thank all of my wonderful patients, particularly Warren for nominating me, I’m so happy to have won!”
The inspiring story of 29-year-old Warren, who is a solicitor, was instrumental in the judge’s decision to crown Jaspreet as Europe’s top hearing professional. The judges were greatly impressed by Jaspreet’s dedication to her patient’s well-being and commitment to ensuring Warren received state-of-the-art devices that have helped enhance his life in every aspect.
After suffering from hearing loss since he was just six years old, Warren explained how, since meeting Jaspreet, his confidence has soared, with the new hearing aid devices he has been fitted with making a real difference to his life.
Supported by Jaspreet, Warren has faced up to the challenges of working in a competitive law environment whilst living with severe hearing loss. He was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division, a division of the Law Society which seeks to widen access to the legal profession by creating a level playing field for talented disabled professionals, and he credits a great part of his success to the invaluable support received from Jaspreet.
In his nomination for Ms Bahra, Warren said: “I have never known, nor even heard of, any audiologist being so committed to a patient that they would arrange appointments for the hours that Jaspreet does, even when it has meant rearranging their own annual leave.
“I cannot stress enough, having arranged for my primary care to be under Jaspreet and Harley Street Hearing, the difference this has made to my working and personal life. I firmly believe that Jaspreet is unique amongst her peers, a true professional who deserves to not only be nominated for, but to win this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to both patient care and her field as a whole.”
Dale Sindell, Director at T-Oigo and one of the panel of judges, said: “Accessibility, service, dedication and kindness to the patient and family, all leading to a long-term relationship–these are the characteristics of many of this year’s nominees. Each year the bar is getting raised higher and higher after years of competition.

It is fantastic to hear about the great lengths and dedication Jaspreet has demonstrated in her on-going care for Warren. These are the qualities that show Jaspreet has gone above and beyond for her patients and really set a high benchmark for other professionals in the industry.”

Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “Audiologist of the Year is a great way for patients to bring to life the great support and dedication they have received from their audiologist. Each year it is a great pleasure to see how audiologists have really helped to transform the lives of not only their patients but also provide support for families, colleagues and peers.

The competition is independently judged and when the announcements are made it’s a great surprise to all the Rayovac team. It was a great pleasure to read through the entry for Jaspreet, she clearly shows dedication for her patients and is a very worthy winner of the competition.”
Other country winners who were in the running for the European title were:

·         Doris Dahlberg, Sweden

·         Rafaela Verdú Martínez, Spain

·         Peter Ferguson, Ireland

·         Uli Schmitz, Germany

·         Alain Rosette, France

Highly commended entries:

·         Robert Beiny, The Hearing Healthcare Practice

·         Kevan Bailey, FC Milnes

·         Amanda Brady, ABC Hearing Ltd

·         Shona Jackson, House of Hearing

·         Paul Checkley, Harley Street Hearing

·         Kamran Farooq Mahroof, formerly of Queen Elizabeth Hospital

·         Alan Walshaw, Airedale Hospital

·         Jenny Beever, formerly of Hidden Hearing

·         Joseph Brown, Galway Hearing Care

·         David and Leonna Keane, Audi-Lab

For more information about Audiologist of the Year, or to find out when entries for the 2014 award open, visitwww.audiologistoftheyear.eu or find Rayovac on Twitter @HearwithRayovac or HearingwithRayovac on Facebook.

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