Audiology

 

Audiology Staff

The Audiology team across the Morecambe Bay Area comprise a well-integrated and diverse team with varying specialities. Members of our team is registered under a regulatory body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). All the Audiologists working for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are held to certain standards to be registered with these councils. The RCCP and HCPC ensure members uphold a high standard of care for patients and also ensure that any clinicians registered are continuing their professional development in order to maintain up to date, quality care for patients.

Who are we?

The Clinical Lead for Audiology & Orthoptics is Samantha Riding.

There are Audiology teams based at the following sites around Morecambe Bay:

What we do

Adult Audiology Services

The Adult Audiology Services mainly involve diagnosing and managing hearing loss.

Paediatric Services

The paediatric services involve diagnosing and managing hearing loss in children. Specialist Audiology Practitioner’s lead paediatric care and this includes monitoring a child’s hearing loss, managing the hearing loss, ensuring the child gets the appropriate referrals so they can get support from education services and supporting parents and guardians in managing a child’s hearing loss.

Tinnitus Services

All three sites also offer a service for Tinnitus. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sound when there is no noise present. Please click here for further information http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Tinnitus/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Balance Service

Patients can be referred by their GP to have their balance tested. Patients can also be referred by ENT to have their balance tested. Balance testing is performed by two Audiologists, generally a specialist with a second in support.

Bone Anchored Hearing Aids

Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) Services is a specialist service that involves Ear Nose and Throat. A BAHA is a specialist hearing aid that uses a surgically fitted abutment within the skull that the hearing aid attaches too. Please click here for more information on BAHAs http://www.hearinglink.org/what-is-a-bone-anchored-hearing-aid

Specialist Hearing Aids

All Audiology Services at UHMBT fit CROS or BiCROS Hearing Aids. A CROS hearing aid is suitable for patients who have single sided deafness, and a BiCROS aid works in the same way, but it is suitable for people who have no hearing on one side and some hearing loss in the better ear.

Open repair clinics

As part of the Audiology service, all sites across Morecambe Bay offer repairs clinics. If you are already a patient of the service, then you can just attend one of the clinics with no appointment necessary. Click here to download the clinic schedule.


Updated November 2018

Contact Details

If you have any enquiries regarding Audiology Services or an appointment you have with Audiology, please contact our Audiology Clerical Team on the telephone numbers below:

Furness General Hospital Audiology Department (also for enquiries about Ulverston Health Centre)
01229 870870 

FGH.Audiology@mbht.nhs.uk

Westmorland General Hospital Audiology Department: 01539 795369

WGH.Audiology@mbht.nhs.uk

Royal Lancaster Infirmary Audiology Department (also for enquiries about Queen Victoria Hospital Audiology Department): 01524 583716

RLI.Audiology@mbht.nhs.uk

 

How do I get an appointment with my local NHS Audiology Services?

If you have never been seen by Audiology before and you are concerned about your hearing, you should consult your family doctor for a referral to Audiology.

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