Listen and Talk as One is an initiative by Auditory Verbal UK , Chear and Phonak
When children have optimal access to sound through modern technology and parents are equipped to support their child’s listening and spoken language in their everyday lives, the results are significant. Through the Listen and Talk as One initiative, the teams from Chear and Auditory Verbal UK work together, from the same location, to achieve the best possible outcomes. They work in partnership with families and other professionals supporting deaf babies and children.
With significant expertise in working through audition, the Chear and Auditory Verbal UK teams are collaborating on research, training and development to further improve outcomes for deaf babies and children across the UK. Phonak, which is supporting the development of innovative technology and practice has backed the initiative since its inception in early 2013.
- Bringing together specialists at the leading edge of audiological management and habilitation under one roof.
- Improving outcomes for babies and young children by harnessing collective skills and experience and working in partnership with families and other professionals.
- Enabling collaboration on research and improving the evidence base for early intervention strategies.
- Bringing about improvements in practice through sharing of expertise at conferences, events and through professional training.
Watch the video below to hear views about the initiative from the founders and patients:
About Chear, Auditory VerbalUK and Phonak
Chear is an independent centre for children’s hearing assessment and management of hearing impairment. It is led by Dr Josephine Marriage and has six staff including three audiologists at two sites in London and near Cambridge.
For more information see www.chears.co.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditory Verbal UK is a UK wide charity that helps babies and pre-school children with hearing impairment to listen, speak and achieve using Auditory Verbal Therapy. It has 13 staff including five certified Auditory Verbal Therapists and highly specialised speech and language therapists working towards their full certification. AVUK was founded in 2003 by Jacqueline Stokes, who led the charity until her retirement in 2013. AVUK’s Chief Executive is Anita Grover and the Clinical Lead is Rosie Richardson.
For more information see www.avuk.org or contact email@example.com
Phonak’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With creative solutions, Phonak strives to overcome technological limitations, so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life’s rich landscapes of sound.
For more information see www.phonak.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Josephine Marriage
Josephine Marriage has worked with children with hearing loss and cochlear implants for over 20 years. She was head of paediatric audiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, from 1993 to 1999.
Josephine is a research associate with Brian Moore, professor of auditory perception at Cambridge University, developing new ways of assessing hearing and programming hearing aids to suit the needs of adults and children. She is also involved in training hearing professionals throughout the UK. She has research and teaching roles at the Ear Institute at University College London.
Dr Marriage was awarded a PhD in hyperacusis in Williams Syndrome from Manchester University. She also has an audiology MSc from the University of Southampton and a Speech Sciences degree from University College London. She received the George Harris Award for her contribution to hearing aid audiology in 2009 and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical scientist and hearing aid dispenser.
Louise is dually trained as a speech and language therapist and audiologist and obtained her master’s degree at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2004. Louise has specialised in delivering audiology and speech and language therapy across a range of different settings in the NHS to various client groups since moving to the UK in 2004. She completed her postgraduate diploma in Auditory Verbal Therapy with distinction at Aston University in 2011.
Louise was mentored towards LSLS CertAVT after joining Auditory Verbal UK in February 2011 and qualified as a LSLS Cert AVT in 2012. She delivers Auditory Verbal Therapy to children of a range of ages in the London clinics. Louise supports the Portland Hospital Cochlear Implant Program in the delivery of Auditory Verbal Therapy to their caseload whilst working closely with their audiology team.
Louise often co- presents on the training courses run by Auditory Verbal UK for professionals working with children with a hearing loss.