The British and Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) has announced that it is bringing together a panel of experts in audiology that they will consult twice a year. Their aim is to ensure the technology developed by their members is influenced by the knowledge and expertise of audiologists, and so that BIHIMA’s contribution to public discussions around hearing loss remains well informed.
The group of eight manufacturers have stated that they value the unique skills and understanding of audiologists and want to invite their input on how to make their hearing products as accessible as possible, and to ensure that BIHIMA’s efforts to raise awareness of hearing loss is backed up by good research and expert opinion.
The consultation process involves just two multiple choice surveys a year, each taking no more than 10 minutes, and will canvas audiologists’ professional opinion on vital subjects such as patient insights on future technology needs.
BIHIMA’s Chairman, Paul Surridge, said, “All the research shows that we need a joined-up, collaborative approach to effectively tackling hearing loss and improving the lives of the increasing numbers of people with hearing impairment. This initiative is about wanting to work closely with audiologists, to hear their voice and benefit from their expertise.”
There are a limited number of spaces available on the panel, so BIHIMA is asking practicing audiologists who are interested in contributing to the advisory process to sign up as soon as possible, using the online form here.