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Hearing and balance doctor receives highest honour

06 February 2020

Health Care

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 audiology.

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 lives.

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 paediatric audiology.

Dr Smith is also an External Examiner for Manchester University and Editor of ENT & Audiology News, an international trade publication.

Image:  Dr Gareth Smith with his Principal Fellow certificate