European Audiologist of the year: Young London audiologist wins award

Jaspreet Bahra, recently awarded UK Audiologist of the Year, has beaten off competition from fellow professionals in France, Germany/Austria, Ireland, Spain and Sweden to be named European Audiologist of the Year for 2013. The audiologist from Harley Street Hearing in London, the youngest winner of the competition, was last month named UK Audiologist of the Year thanks to the outstanding care she delivers to her patients. Jaspreet has now been handed the European crown after travelling to the German city of Nuremberg where she picked up the award at the largest European hearing congress.

Jaspreet Bahra was delighted when she was told the news that she had won the Audiologist of the Year competition in the UK, “When I heard I had won such a prestigious award I was delighted. As an Audiologist you always try to help patients to the best of your ability. I felt both touched and honoured that my patient had taken the time to nominate me.”

After graduating with an honours degree in Audiology from University College, London in 2007, Jaspreet spent two years working for a well-known national hearing aid company before joining Harley Street Hearing in 2009. “I have been with Harley Street Hearing for four years now and I love it,” Miss Bahra said, “Over the years there is so much I have learned and still continue to learn. It feels great to be part of the Harley Street Hearing team.” Jaspreet’s main area of interest is hearing instrument technology and she runs Harley Street Hearing’s successful Lyric invisible hearing programme.

A key member of the team

Harley Street Hearing was established in Harley Street, London 26 years ago by Geraldine Daly. Since then,the business has grown immensely and now has Paul Checkley as Clinical Director and a team of audiologists, a practice manager, marketing support and office staff. Paul Checkley also made the final shortlist of nominees but was pipped at the post by Jaspreet! Checkley said of his colleague, “When Jas joined us she was full of enthusiasm and keen to broaden her knowledge. She has since become a key member of the team who is liked by both her colleagues and her patients. I am delighted that she has received this recognition; she deserves it.”

The Audiologist of the Year competition, now in its sixth year, is run in partnership between Rayovac and Audio Infos Magazine and looks to celebrate the exceptional work of audiologists across Europe. Once again an independent judging process, which included a panel of the UK’s industry professionals, took place during the summer months, to whittle down the nominees to determine the UK winner. Focusing on the dedication, commitment, knowledge and levels of care demonstrated by the audiologist, the judging panel had to grade the final shortlist of nine candidates on five different areas of expertise.

Commitment to her patients

Jaspreet was nominated by 29-year-old solicitor, Warren Stapley, whose inspiring story helped the judging panel make the decision to award her the UK’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-theart devices that have helped enhance his life in every aspect. Stapley’s nomination ensured Jaspreet stood out from a record number of nominations this year.

Alan Torbet, CEO of BSHAA and a member of the judging panel said, “I am delighted to have been involved in this year’s Audiologist of the Year competition. This year has been a particularly strong year for entries and it truly is heart-warming to see the ways in which hearing professionals really can make such a difference to their patient’s lives. Mr. Stapley’s story shows the level of service he received from his audiologist Ms. Bahra, and it is so inspiring to see that her support has helped him achieve his full potential making such a difference to his life.”

After suffering from hearing loss since he was just six years old, Mr. Stapley 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 it 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.”

The Rayovac Audiologist of the Year competition, run in conjunction with Audio Infos, encourages patients to vote for hearing care specialists who have demonstrated exceptional skills and compassion to provide excellent care and support.

Victoria Adshead, editor in chief of Audio infos UK

Photos: Harley Street Hearing, Rayovac