The British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March by putting the spotlight on some of its female members.

BSHAA Women

BSHAA is the professional body that represents independent audiologists, the highly qualified professionals who help people to get the best from their hearing. Eleven female BSHAA members – including the Society's president Sarah Vokes – have answered the following questions:

  • What's your current role in audiology?
  • When did you first know you wanted to be an audiologist?
  • What's the best thing about being an audiologist?
  • What are you most proud of in your career so far?
  • Any advice for other women who want to become an audiologist?

Their responses are featured on the BSHAA website at www.bshaa.com/News/iwd2018.

BSHAA president Sarah Vokes said: “We wanted to take a moment on International Women’s Day to celebrate female BSHAA members around the country who do so much day in, day out to change people’s lives for the better. Improving someone’s hearing improves their quality of life, reduces feelings of isolation and depression, and has positive impacts on relationships, social well-being and confidence.

“I also want to celebrate all female audiologists today, not just BSHAA members. The leaders of the UK’s three audiology bodies – BSHAA, the British Academy of Audiology and the British Society of Audiology – are currently women, and more and more women are coming into audiology. This is hugely positive for the future of our profession.”

BSHAA chief executive Professor David Welbourn added: “Like many other professions, audiology has often been seen as dominated by men, whereas the majority of new entrants to the profession are women, whose voice is still under-represented. At BSHAA, we want not only to celebrate this changing profile within audiology, but also to encourage more women to come forward and help shape the future of this important profession.”

BSHAA is the professional body that represents independent audiologists, the highly qualified professionals who help people to get the best from their hearing. For over 60 years, the Society has been active in raising the standard and quality of care provided by independent audiologists. BSHAA provides professional guidance, sets standards for members working in a variety of clinical settings and delivers training and professional development.