Hearing and balance doctor receives highest honour
27 February 2020
An audiology doctor at Southend University Hospital, Dr Gareth Smith, has been awarded the status of Principal Fellow by the British Society of Audiology (BSA).
The BSA noted the part Dr Smith has played in the field of
audiology at departmental, regional and national level.
This means he's not just been helping change lives for the
better in Southend and Essex, but across the whole country.
Dr Smith, from Benfleet, has been at the hospital for 22 years,
over that time the Consultant Clinical Scientist has done much to
help improve patient care. This includes MRI scans for one-sided
hearing loss, testing why some babies have hearing loss and
investigating causes of hearing loss in adults.
Principal Fellow is the highest recognition given by the BSA to
its most respected members. It recognises the highly significant
and lasting contribution to the Society and to the wider field of
Of the award, Dr Smith said: "It's humbling to be recognised by
my peers, my work means a lot to me and I've always put patients
first. It's wonderful to be awarded for helping improve their
A lot has changed in over two decades, we have seen many
advances in audiology, and it is a privilege to continue to play my
part in that."
Notes to editor
The BSA is the leading UK organisation for professionals
improving people's lives with hearing and balance problems.
Dr Smith has served as the President of the British Academy of
Audiology and Secretary to the British Society of Audiology.
He has represented audiology at the Department of Health's
physiological measurement group. He is currently part of a European
Board of audiology (KIPA), which researches best-practice in
Dr Smith is also an External Examiner for Manchester University
and Editor of ENT & Audiology News, an international trade
Image: Dr Gareth Smith with his Principal