BSHAA Fellow Robert Beiny from the Hearing Healthcare Practice in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, was revealed as the UK winner this week (25 September), alongside six other winners who took the title in their respective countries. The annual contest is run in partnership between Rayovac, Audio Infos, the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
Robert Beiny was nominated for the award 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 heartwarming nomination for Robert, she 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!”
Robert – who has been a member of BSHAA since 1977 – was previously crowned UK Audiologist of the Year in 2009 and 2011, as well as European Audiologist of the Year in 2009.
BSHAA President Sarah Vokes said: “Huge congratulations to Robert for being awarded this accolade again. It is testament to his years of high-quality service to his clients and, as Christine said in her nomination, the work carried out by hearing aid audiologists can be life-changing.”
Fellowship is the most senior grade of BSHAA membership and is reserved for highly experienced, well-qualified clinicians and leaders. The current window for applications from BSHAA members closes on 30 September 2017.