I am writing on behalf of my two sons. The audiologist has been treating them since birth – my eldest son has a bilateral profound hearing loss and my youngest has a mild hearing loss.
Their audiologist has the gifts and ability to become best friends with the children, whilst testing their hearing, and at the same time explaining and reassuring us parents – he is almost a magician in that sense. Added to that, he is sensitive, caring, approachable, flexible and unbelievably supportive. He happily accepts pleas of help/desperation/fear via email and phone 24/7. I think he actually doesn’t like taking time off!!!
He has worked tirelessly in support of early diagnosis and early intervention for deaf children, and thanks to his drive behind newborn hearing and the subsequent partnership with a charity for deaf children, he and his team have ‘carried’ us from the moment of my eldest sons’ diagnosis, through bilaterally implantation and now towards school…providing us with great follow-up education and support services, especially when our own local authority has been reluctant/ignorant of our sons’ needs. He seems to completely understand what us parents are going through, and ensures communication across departments: something that is rare in the medical world!
But he doesn’t just do his work – we always see him at fundraising events, getting stuck in with the fun and chatting to parents and his young patients in a relaxed and humorous manner. I am not sure whether he would like to hear this, but this audiologist is part of our family…and will always be. He is a great man, and outstanding audiologist and a wonderful ear buddy to our sons – we are blessed to have him in our lives.
He, without doubt, deserves this award and it is something I nominate him for with all my heart and soul…. and with 4 big thumbs up and cheesy grins for my boys! Please give him a little something back for everything he has done for us and for the thousands of other families he has looked after.