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​Audiology

Welcome to Dorset County Hospital Department of Audiology and Hearing Therapy - a dedicated team of 13 clinical staff and three clerical staff. Our aim is to provide all our patients with the highest quality clinical care, whatever their age or hearing problem.

To contact Audiology to make an appointment or for advice, please ring 01305 255563.

The Team

Simon Baird - Clinical Scientist
Rachel Beeby - Clinical Scientist
Shelley Baines - Clinical Scientist
Kirsty Baird - Audiologist/Hearing Therapist
Sue Fry - Audiologist/Hearing Therapist
Lana Utting - Audiologist
Rachel Arey - Audiologist
Jon Roberts - Audiologist
Michaela Szczepanska - Audiologist
Debbie Timson - Audiologist
Angelique Faulkner - Audiologist
Anthony Claiden - Audiologist
Beverley Boore - Audiologist
Lara Goodwin - Administration
Katie Miller - Administration
Lindsay Scolding - Administration
Jessica Legg - Administration

Adult Audiology

Our adult team fit state-of-the-art digital hearing aids to almost any hearing loss. We can accept direct referrals from your GP and you should be seen within six weeks of receipt of your referral.

Hearing aids and batteries are provided free of charge and we will maintain the aids for free for as long as you need them.

Our department works closely with other departments and agencies, including Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Hearing and Vision Support Service (educational support), Adult Social Care and Health, School Nursing Teams, Health Visitors and Social Workers.

If you are worried about your hearing and are thinking of trying a hearing aid, please click on the links below. 


Button batteries can cause serious harm and death in as little as two hours if swallowed, and can cause serious injuries if they become lodged in the nose or ear. Please read this patient information leaflet on Battery and Hearing Safety for more information. 

We've also provided three useful videos below on how to clean, fit and retube a hearing aid.

 
 
 

Children's Audiology:

Our paediatric team provide hearing testing, hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation to children of all ages. We receive referrals from the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme and provide highly accurate testing for babies with suspected hearing losses. If a loss is confirmed, we are able to explain the results to the child’s family and arrange fitting of highly sophisticated digital hearing aids within a few weeks. We provide high levels of support to the child and their family so that the child has the best chance possible of developing speech and language and joining in life to the full.

We work closely with the Hearing and Vision Support Service, who provide rehabilitation support in school, or for younger children at home or pre-school. If your child has been referred for a hearing test, please click on the link 'What to expect at a children’s hearing test appointment'. Older children can be referred by their Health Visitor, School Nurse or GP.

Our department works closely with other departments and agencies, including Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Hearing and Vision Support Service (educational support), Adult Social Care and Health, School Nursing Teams, Health Visitors and Social Workers.

To contact Audiology to make an appointment or for advice, please ring 01305 255563.