Meet our Audiology team (2023)

Our audiology team at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) includes:

  • Consult an audiologist
  • Director of Audiology
  • Deputy Chief Audiologist
  • audiologist
  • secretary

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Meet our Audiology team (1)

PhD. Kauka Brajput

PhD. Kauka BrajputHas been with GOSH since 1999 and is currently in charge of the Cochlear Implant Department.

She specializes in hearing and balance problems, hearing loss, tinnitus, speech and language delays, and auditory neuropathy and ototoxicity in children. She is particularly interested in auditory neuropathy, ototoxicity, and the prevention of hearing loss in children taking ototoxic medications.

Meet our Audiology team (2)

PhD. Vahida Pajakar

Waheeda has been with GOSH since 2018. She leads the audiology section of the Balance Clinic and the Bisensory Clinic. She is the educational director for the trainees in auditory vestibular medicine.

Her special interests include studies of pediatric vestibular disorders, dual sensory disturbances, tinnitus, hereditary hearing loss, auditory neuropathy, and the etiology of hearing loss.

Meet our Audiology team (3)

Dr. Sebastian Hendricks

Sebastian completed his studies in Germany and has been a consultant pediatrician since 1998 and a consultant auditory vestibular doctor since 2004. He has been working exclusively at GOSH since May 2020, after appointments at UCLH (Royal National ENT and Emergency Hospital) and Royal Free London.

His primary interests are broad and complex, including complex auditory vestibular medicine and individualized care of children and adolescents with additional needs.

Meet our Audiology team (4)

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PhD. Rauf Korbach

Raouf has been with GOSH since 1997 and has been an Audio Vestibular Consultant since 2003.

He currently evaluates and cares for patients with auditory vestibular disorders, particularly children with complex hearing manifestations and complex needs requiring highly specialized electrophysiological studies.

His primary interest is the evaluation and treatment of children with hearing difficulties associated with craniofacial disease and cleft palate.

Director of Audiology

Dr. Amjad Mahmoud

Senior Audiologist

Contact Person (POC):Amjad is the focal point for private patients, microsuction services, craniofacial, cleft palate case counts and oncology referrals, and supports the operations of the general audiology clinic as well as other audio-vestibular consultants within the department.

Deputy Chief Audiologist

Meet our Audiology team (5)

Mr Buta

Herra graduated from University College London with a BA Hons in Audiology in 2007 and has since worked in a number of departments. She started working at GOSH in 2012 and is currently Deputy Director of Audiology.

Her interests include vestibular testing, electrophysiology testing, auditory processing disorder (APD) and cochlear implants.

Proof of concept:Herra is the contact for accounting services within the department.

Meet our Audiology team (6)

Nicola Goodley

Nicola graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. She has been with GOSH since 2018 and is currently the Assistant Chief Audiologist.

Nicola is the Director of Audiology for the Bone Conduction and Middle Ear Implant Program, with a special interest in Advanced Electrophysiology and Vestibular Diagnostics.

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Proof of concept:Nicola is the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) contact within the department.

Meet our Audiology team (7)

Anita Wong

Anita graduated from Manchester University in 2009 and has specialized in Pediatric Audiology since 2012. She has been with GOSH since 2014 and has been Assistant Chief Audiologist since 2020.

Anita is currently Co-Head of the Vestibular Services Division and has a strong interest in APD and Electrophysiology in addition to her special interest in the vestibular muscle.

Proof of concept:Anita is the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) contact within the department.


Meet our Audiology team (8)

Komal Patel

Komal graduated from University College London with a BA and MSc in Audiology and Advanced Audiology respectively and has been working as a Pediatric Audiologist since 2011. During this time, she led two pediatric audiology teams.

She works in GOSH Cochlear Implants and General Audiology. Her areas of expertise are in the fields of cochlear implants and electrophysiology, with a growing interest in APD.

Proof of concept:Komal is the central contact for electrophysiology in the field of general audiology.

Meet our Audiology team (9)

Brinda Anandana Daraja

Brindha graduated as an audiologist from University College London (UCL) in 2007 and completed a research MA at St George's University in 2015. She has a particular interest in advancing audiology research, which led her to dedicate a day to research. She has been with GOSH since 2010 with a particular interest in electrophysiology and vestibular assessment.

Proof of concept:She is currently the APD and research liaison.

Meet our Audiology team (10)

Joseph Schneck

Joseph holds an MSc in Audiology from the Ear Institute, University College London. Since 2017 he has specialized in Pediatric Audiology at GOSH and the Royal London Infirmary. He designed and developed pediatric audiology testing equipment used in multiple departments across the country.

Proof of concept:Joseph is currently the hearing aid contact for the department and has a keen interest in balance and electrophysiology testing.

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Meet our Audiology team (11)

Sahir Saker

Sahil graduated with a BA in Audiology from the University of Bristol in 2014 and has been practicing Pediatric Audiology since 2015.

His primary expertise includes pediatric diagnosis and rehabilitation assessment, auditory brainstem response testing and auditory processing assessment.

Proof of concept:Sahil is the contact for Equipment Services within the department.

Meet our Audiology team (12)

Louise Box

Louise graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Audiology in 2009 and has since worked in a number of departments. She has been practicing pediatric audiology since 2011 and will join our team in early 2022. Her main interest is electrophysiology research.

Proof of concept:Louise is the department contact for inventory orders.

Meet our Audiology team (13)

Thomas Andrea

Thomas graduated from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College with a BA in Physics in 1991, an MSc in Music Technology from the University of York in 1996, a MSc in Hearing Science from UCL in 2006 and has since Work in the department from December 2021.

His primary interest is in pediatric hearing assessment, including electrophysiological testing and interventions, including hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Proof of concept:Thomas is the contact for Electrophysiology Services within the department.

Meet our Audiology team (14)

Diran Guan

Diran graduated from Auckland with a Masters in Audiology and joined the Department of Audiology in 2021. She is the liaison for newborn audio screens within the department.

Proof of concept:Diran is the Departmental Contact for Transition Services and Hearing Aid Peer Reviews.

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Meet our Audiology team (15)

Lynn Megabahn

Lynn graduated in 2018 with a BA and MA in Audiology from Université de Montréal and has since practiced Pediatric Audiology at Oxford University Hospitals. She has been part of our team since early 2022. Her main interests are hearing aids, electrophysiology and cochlear synaptopathies research.

Proof of concept:Lynn is the security contact within the department.

Deputy Engineering Director

Meet our Audiology team (16)

zeta martin

Zeta graduated from the University of West London with an MSc in Digital Marketing and a BSc in Enterprise IT Management.

She joined our team in May 2022 as an Assistant Technical Manager in the Audiology Department in a backup position.


Umm Habiba
Deputy Service Manager
contact number:020 7405 9200extension 1419

Luxa Sarvananda Rajan
PA to Dr. Rauf Korbach and Dr. Sebastian Hendricks
contact number:020 7405 9200extension 1320

Mariam So
Pa and Dr. Kaukab Rajput and Dr. Vahida Pajakar
contact number:020 7405 9200extension 8430

Zaina Langley
Audiologist PA
contact number:020 7405 9200extension 8315

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What is the role of an audiologist? ›

Audiology is about identifying and assessing hearing and balance function and their associated disorders. You'd work with patients of all ages as part of a team, recommending and providing appropriate therapeutic rehabilitation and management.

What is the difference between audiologist and hearing aid practitioner? ›

The Differences

Basically, a hearing aid specialist can test your hearing and fit you with a hearing aid. An audiologist can assess and diagnose a wider range of hearing and balance problems.

How can an audiologist help someone? ›

Audiologists identify, assess and treat disorders of the hearing and balance systems. They can select, fit and dispense hearing aids and other related devices. They can also program cochlear implants, provide instruction, rehabilitation and counseling services to help communication.

What is the meaning of audiologists? ›

Audiologists are health care professionals who identify, assess and manage disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems.

What is the difference between an ear doctor and an audiologist? ›

Although audiologists and ENT doctors often deal with similar problems, an ENT doctor deals with more advanced medical issues while an audiologist is an expert in diagnosing hearing loss and using technological solutions to help you manage it and live with it.

What are 3 important qualities to have for an audiologist? ›

What Qualities Should You Look for in an Audiologist?
  • Fantastic patience. An excellent audiologist will be able to display fantastic patience when treating you. ...
  • Brilliant problem-solving skills. ...
  • Wonderful communication. ...
  • Terrific time management. ...
  • A friendly and empathetic demeanor.
Feb 20, 2019

Is it better to get a hearing aid from an audiologist? ›

Because an audiologist has extensive education and can help diagnose and manage other issues in addition to hearing loss, an audiologist is the best choice for addressing your hearing problems.

What is the best audiologist salary? ›

$63,649 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $87,641 is the 75th percentile.

What is the highest audiologist salary? ›

Audiologist Salary
PercentileSalaryLast Updated
10th Percentile Audiologist Salary$77,052May 25, 2023
25th Percentile Audiologist Salary$83,623May 25, 2023
50th Percentile Audiologist Salary$90,841May 25, 2023
75th Percentile Audiologist Salary$99,187May 25, 2023
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What is normal hearing for a 70 year old? ›

Threshold average RE
Age group250Hz8000Hz
70-79 years30,1167,61
80-89 years30,3875,00
> 90 years54,5288,10
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What are the disadvantages of an audiologist? ›

Cons of Audiology
  • Long length and high cost of education. Becoming an audiologist takes many years of education—and lots of money. ...
  • Conditions of the ear can be delicate to diagnose and treat. ...
  • Working with very young children or the very elderly.

What happens when you see an audiologist? ›

An adult hearing assessment appointment may take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The audiologist will take a medical history and ask you about your hearing in different situations. The audiologist will check your ears for wax, infections or any other abnormalities. Tympanometry may be performed after the hearing test.

Do audiologists look at your ears? ›

An audiologist will start by carrying out a physical examination of your ears. They will use an instrument called an otoscope to shine a light into your ears and take a look inside the ear canals.

Can an audiologist diagnose? ›

Audiologists are experts who can help to prevent, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance disorders for people of all ages. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to improve persons' involvement in important activities in their lives and better their quality of life.

Do audiologists look in ears? ›

Your audiologist will usually begin by conducting a physical examination of your ears, or an otoscopy. They will look at your outer ear and ear canal to see if there are any physical problems.

Is it better to go to an ENT or audiologist? ›

To put it simply, an audiologist is a hearing doctor that handles the non-medical side of hearing problems. Note: When a hearing loss might have a treatable physical cause, it is best to see and ENT.

Can an audiologist see ear wax? ›

Your audiologist will use a curette or small scoop to slowly remove earwax from your ears with the help of a special light and magnifying glass. They will be able to see inside your ears, making it possible to avoid causing damage by delving too deep or being rough with sensitive parts of your inner ear.

Should you see an audiologist or an ENT? ›

Usually, if your audiologist is unable to help and cannot identify a cause you will then be referred to an ENT doctor. They specialize in treating everything from neck and head disorders. Specifically, they look at conditions that can impact the nose, ear and throat.

How do I prepare for an audiology test? ›

Top Ways To Prepare For A Hearing Test
  1. Prepare Your Medical History And Information. Before carrying out your hearing test, your audiologist will want to know about your medical background. ...
  2. Clean Your Ears. ...
  3. Reschedule If You Have A Cold. ...
  4. Write Down Questions. ...
  5. Take A Look At Some Hearing Aid Options. ...
  6. Take Someone With You.
Jan 31, 2019

How do you pass an audiology test? ›

5 Ways to Prepare for a Hearing Test
  1. List medications and key medical events. The audiologist will take a medical history before examining your ears or testing your hearing. ...
  2. Grab a friend. It's important to bring along a family member or friend. ...
  3. Clean your ears. ...
  4. Avoid loud noises. ...
  5. Don't go sick.
Jun 19, 2017

Can an audiologist hear your tinnitus? ›

Audiologists specialize in hearing and balance disorders. While tinnitus doesn't affect your balance, it is most commonly a symptom of hearing loss. Audiologists help people hear the sounds around them and not hear the sounds that aren't there. They are the first choice for treatment of tinnitus.

What is the most common cause of hearing loss? ›

Loud noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Noise from lawn mowers, snow blowers, or loud music can damage the inner ear and result in permanent hearing loss.

What is the average cost of a hearing aid? ›

Hearing aid pricing

In the U.S., they can range from about $1,000 to more than $6,000, but the average cost is close to $2,500 . Companies often sell hearing aids as part of a bundle that can include: the hearing aid. any necessary hearing tests.

Do audiologists go to medical school? ›

To become an audiologist, you must: Complete a bachelor's degree in any field. Complete a doctoral degree in audiology. Earn a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A)

Which state pays audiologists the most? ›

Geographic profile for Audiologists:
StateEmployment (1)Hourly mean wage
California1,260$ 52.79
New York1,010$ 40.27
Texas1,010$ 32.30
Illinois870$ 41.68
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Can audiologist make 6 figures? ›

Depending on their place of employment and geographical location, a doctor of Audiology can earn anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 a year.

How stressful is being an audiologist? ›

Out of more than 200 careers surveyed, audiology is listed as 2018's third least-stressful job in an annual survey conducted by, an online job-posting and career advice site.

How much do local audiologists make? ›

Audiologist Salary in Los Angeles, CA
PercentileSalaryLast Updated
10th Percentile Audiologist Salary$86,506May 25, 2023
25th Percentile Audiologist Salary$93,884May 25, 2023
50th Percentile Audiologist Salary$101,988May 25, 2023
75th Percentile Audiologist Salary$111,358May 25, 2023
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What is the turnover rate of audiologists? ›

One of the unexpected variables is that the past attrition of graduates, that is, the number of persons who voluntarily leave audiology at some point after graduation, is approximately 40%.

At what age does hearing decline? ›

An age-related hearing loss typically occurs in our sixties and seventies and develops gradually as we age. Statistically we all start to lose our hearing when we are in our 40s. One adult in five and more than half of all people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss.

Does hearing get better with age? ›

Most of us will gradually lose some of our hearing as we get older. In the U.S., about a third of people ages 65 to 74 have hearing loss. Almost half of people over age 75 have some trouble hearing.

At what age is your hearing the best? ›

According to studies, it's true. Our hearing is at its peak between ages 18-25. Oh well, a lot of thing are best between those ages (if my memory serves me right).

Is there a shortage of audiologists? ›

With uncertainty around what over-the-counter hearing aids means to the audiology profession, and only 40% of graduates going on to enter the field, numbers may decline further, fueling the audiology crisis.

Is audiology a low stress job? ›

Audiology is often listed as a low-stress profession, which is a great thing for recruitment but it is limited in usefulness as the profession addresses current challenges and evolves over time.

How often should you see an audiologist? ›

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) guidelines state that healthy adults ages 18-40 years old, who are not experiencing any noticeable hearing loss, should have their hearing tested every three to five years. Dr.

How long does audiology test take? ›

The whole process should take about 30 minutes, and it's painless. Most adults who get hearing tests are asked to wear earphones and listen to short tones that are played at different volumes and pitches into one ear at a time.

Can audiologists diagnose ear problems? ›

An audiologist will be able to diagnose and treat an ear infection and minimize any potential for damage to your inner ear. They can recommend over-the-counter medication where necessary, as well as provide follow-up care to ensure that the infection has passed and your hearing is back to normal.

What does an audiology test consist of? ›

Hearing tests check a person's ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds. The results are charted on a graph (audiogram) to help pinpoint the severity and causes of hearing problems. Tests include pure tone audiometry, using an audiometer, and speech discrimination tests.

How accurate are audiology tests? ›

Considered to be the gold standard of hearing tests, an audiogram is over 92% accurate. What's more – having your hearing function evaluated via an audiogram offers 94% in terms of specificity when assessing sensorineural hearing.

Do audiologists test both ears at once? ›

You will be asked to sit still and not talk. The earphones are connected to a machine that will deliver the tones and different sounds of speech to your ears, one ear at a time. The audiologist will ask you to raise your hand when you hear a sound.

What will the audiologist first do when examine the ear? ›

Clean your ears

Audiologists will first perform a visual inspection of your ears so it's a good idea to clean them.

What are the 4 types of hearing loss? ›

There are four clinically labeled degrees of hearing loss:
  • Mild. If you have mild hearing loss, you may hear some speech sounds, but will have difficulty with soft sounds.
  • Moderate. If you have moderate hearing loss, you'll struggle to hear/understand speech when someone is talking at a normal level.
  • Severe. ...
  • Profound.

Can audiologist refer to MRI? ›

Audiologists can have a safe and effective role as non-medical referrers for MRI for patients presenting with asymmetric hearing loss.

What happens if you fail an audiology test? ›

You should ask your doctor for a hearing screening if you have concerns about your or your child's hearing. An audiologist can give you a more complete hearing test if you fail the screening. This is called an evaluation, and you should have it done as soon as possible after the failed screening.

What kind of patients do audiologists see? ›

Audiologists are health care professionals who diagnose, manage, and treat hearing, balance, or ear problems.

What skills do audiologists have? ›

Audiologists should also possess the following specific qualities:
  • Communication skills. Audiologists need to communicate test results, diagnoses, and proposed treatments, so patients clearly understand the situation and options. ...
  • Compassion. ...
  • Critical-thinking skills. ...
  • Patience. ...
  • Problem-solving skills.

Can someone with hearing loss be an audiologist? ›

Yes. Hearing loss alone is not a limiting factor and should never prevent someone from achieving their dream job. Finding an audiologist who uses best practices can make the difference between hearing the end of a joke and missing it.

What is interesting about an audiologist? ›

Audiologists deal with more than just hearing loss

Besides diagnosing hearing problems and helping you get hearing aids, audiologists can also help you prevent hearing loss, help manage tinnitus, reduce listening fatigue, diagnose and manage vestibular disorders, and diagnose and manage auditory processing issues.


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