Why we exist
To give children with hearing loss the best opportunity to develop their listening and speech, they need to have optimal access to sound. It is vital that practitioners work in partnership to make sure children are receiving the best support. Our aim is to support families and practitioners to improve outcomes for deaf children.
Listen and Talk as One brings together expert paediatric audiology and Auditory Verbal therapists to enable children with hearing loss to access best practice in testing and state of the art training.
Phonak, supporters in the development of innovative technology and practice, has backed the Listen and Talk as One initiative since 2013.
- Bringing together specialists in audiological management and habilitation under one roof.
- Working with families to improve outcomes for babies and young children.
- Enabling collaboration on research and improving the evidence base for early intervention strategies.
- Bringing about improvements in practice by sharing expertise at conferences, events and training.
About Chear, Auditory Verbal UK 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.
At Auditory Verbal UK, we want to see a world where all deaf children have the same opportunities in life as hearing children.
Auditory Verbal UK is an award-winning national charity that helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to listen and talk, without the need for lip reading or sign language. Through Auditory Verbal therapy (AVT), our listening and spoken language specialists (LSLS Cert AVT®) coach parents to enable their children to listen, talk and develop the lifelong communication and social skills they need to thrive at school and beyond.
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.
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.
Our team of Auditory Verbal therapists
At your Listen and Talk as one appointment you will be seen by one of our certified Auditory Verbal therapists along with Dr Josephine Marriage.