Meet The Audiology Team

Karen Lammaing – Head of the Department

karenKaren is Head of Audiology Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

She was born in Belgium and completed her MSc in Audiology at the University of Ghent (Belgium).  She has worked in the UK since 2003 and has worked in several Audiology Departments across the country.  She joined the Audiology Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2010.  She has a special interest in vestibular diagnostics and physiological measurements.

 

 

Dr. Anna Pepler (PhD in Audiology) – Deputy Head – Clinical lead Adult Services

annaAnna is the team leader for adult services in the Audiology Department at the Royal Surrey CountyHospital. She obtained a BSc in Applied Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2005 and an MSc in Audiology at the University of Southampton in 2007. Following clinical training in Southampton she obtained her Certificate in Audiological Competence in 2008. In 2010 she registered with the Health Professions Council as a clinical scientist in Audiology. She went on to complete her PhD entitled ‘Cochlear dead regions: prevalence, diagnosis and hearing aid management’ at the University of Manchester in 2013.

She specialises in adult and balance clinics with particular interest in complex hearing clinics. She also continues to be frequently involved in paediatric audiology.

 

Hashir Aazh (PhD in Audiology) – Team Leader of Tinnitus Service & Clinical Researcher

hashirHashir qualified as an audiologist in 2001 and has worked in a number of clinical and research posts since then. His clinical interests are in tinnitus and hyperacusis management as well as hearing assessment and hearing aid fitting. His research focuses on the assessment and treatment of hyperacusis and tinnitus in both normally hearing and hearing-impaired people. He has written over 20 scientific papers. In 2009 he was awarded the Joss Millar Shield from the British Society of Audiology. Hashir is a member of the communications advisory panel of deafness research UK and provides advice regarding hyperacusis management.

Teaching
Hashir is involved in the teaching of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis module to MSc students at University College of London. He also teaches on the MSc of Medical Physics in University of Surrey, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Physics. Hashir runs an annual Tinnitus & Hyperacusis International Masterclass in Birkbeck College, London. He provides practical training and supervision for audiologists who wish to develop their skills in providing specialised care for patients experiencing troublesome tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Dr. Nicola Topass (Au.D., Doctor of Audiology) – Team Leader of Balance Services

nicolaNicola is the team leader for the Balance Services at Royal Surrey County Hospital. Nicola qualified as an Audiologist in 2004 and has been working at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2006.

She completed the Doctor of Audiology program with Nova South eastern University in 2012. She established the Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation service at Royal Surrey County Hospital and currently aims to expand this service to include paediatrics.

Nicola is the lead for University students training at the Royal Surrey. She runs an annual international balance seminar ‘How to manage a dizzy patient’ in Guildford.  She is also  involved in teaching the vestibular module for Msc. and PTP students at  ISVR in Southampton University.  She is the current BAA regional Southeast England representative. She also does work with other physiological measures  and adult hearing assessments and fittings. Nicola is the clinical training lead for HTS training related to Vestibular Assessment and Management. She started a Volunteer service in the Audiology Department and is the current co-ordinator . Nicola mainly works at the Royal Surrey and is available Monday to Thursday.

Rachel Bevington – Team Leader for Paediatric Services

rachelbevRachel Bevington began her Audiology career in 2005, by completing the Masters in Audiology at Southampton University.  She followed this by completing her Certificate in Audiological Competence and achieving registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist in Audiology.  Since then she has been able to specialise in her main interest of Paediatric Audiology, working with children from newborn to 18 years. She has worked at the Royal Surrey County Hospital as Team Leader for the Paediatric Service since January 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Alexandra Lindsay (PhD) – Team Leader for Adult Rehabilitation at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.

alexAlexandra is the team leader for Adult Rehabilitation at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has a special interest in rehabilitation of adult with special needs, balance diagnostics and rehabilitation.

 

 

 

 

Danielle Howard – Team Leader at Frimley Park Hospital

danielleDanielle graduated in 2010. She currently works as a team leader at Frimley Park Hospital. Her areas of interest are adult rehabilitation, bone anchored hearing aids and vestibular rehabilitation therapy.  Danielle mainly works with adult hearing aid patients throughout the week.

Currently she works on Thursdays at Royal Surrey County Hospital with patients who have balance disorders. She also manages a specialised bone anchored hearing aids clinics on Fridays at FrimleyPark Hospital. Her main aims for the immediate future are to develop the adult rehabilitation and bone anchored hearing aid service at Frimley Park.

 

 

Jills K Kurian – Audiologist & Tinnitus Specialist

jillsJills graduated as an audiologist in 2007. He then worked as a clinical lecturer for a year before completing his Masters from The University of Manchester in 2009. Since he joined the Audiology team at the Royal Surrey in 2010 he has been practising tinnitus and hyperacusis therapy.

His interests include research in the field of tinnitus & hyperacusis. He is devoted in providing patient centred care. Jills also provides training and supervision for audiologists who wish to develop their skills in providing specialised care for patients experiencing troublesome tinnitus and hyperacusis. Jills is the point of contact for BAA accredited tinnitus & hyperacusis higher training scheme at Royal Surrey.

In addition to this, Jills is actively involved in organising tinnitus meetings, International conference on Hyperacusis and Tier-1 Training courses.

 

Peter Athawes – Audiologist & Tinnitus Specialist

Peter began his Audiology career in 2009 after completing the BSc in Audiology at the University of Southampton.   Shortly after joining Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2010, Peter chose to specialise in the assessment and management of tinnitus and hyperacusis. He is committed to providing a positive and individualised approach that will enable patients to progress in the management of their tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Peter recently organised and ran the “Tinnitus seminar 2014” for patients and was a member of the organisation team for the First International Conference on Hyperacusis. Peter has been a guest lecturer on the University of Southampton MSc Audiologyprogramme, speaking on the clinical assessment and management of tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Email: peter.athawes@nhs.net

Rachel Gynn – Paediatric Audiologist & Researcher

rachelgynnRachel has been part of the audiology team since she started as a student in 2001, qualifying as an audiologist in 2004.  Since she has qualified she has gained experience in a wide range of clinical areas.  She is now part of Paediatric Audiology team based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, specialising in diagnostic testing in young children and newborns, including complex needs and the newborn screen clinics. Rachel has recently started a research project in the area of objective hearing testing in newborn

 

 

 

Leah Wannell – Paediatric Audiologist

leahwannelLeah is a Paediatric Audiologist, who undertakes the assessment of children’s hearing and addresses the best possible individual management approach required for each child. Leah is also part of the Transition Clinic team, who help young people move from the Paediatric Service to the Adult Service. She also undertakes adult rehabilitation clinics in the department.

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