Interventions to improve hearing aid use

Contact Name: Fiona Barker

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Fiona Barker is a registered Clinical Scientist who over an 18 year career has developed a focus on the assessment and management of vestibular problems, dizziness and imbalance. She has a certificate in evidence-based psychological therapy and has a special interest in the consultation process and in the psychological impact of dizziness.

Fiona is also involved in training Clinical Scientists both locally and as a lecturer on balance courses nationally and internationally. As part of Windsor ENT, Fiona organises the Advanced Balance Course in Southampton which has an international reputation for providing high quality training. She has over 10 years experience as a senior examiner and assessor and is actively involved in research and clinical audit.

Fiona also owns and runs a company that develops audio-visual training material for other professionals working in the vestibular field.

People living with a long term health condition have relatively infrequent and brief contacts with health providers. For the majority of the time in order to ‘live well’ they must, by necessity, become effective self-managers. In this seminar Fiona will outline the Chronic Care Model; a framework which has been associated with improved clinical outcomes in other long term conditions. She will discuss how this might be applied in the context of hearing health and explore how the results of her research including a Cochrane systematic review, Delphi review and content analysis of quality standard documents in audiology point towards self-management being an area in need of further exploration within hearing healthcare.

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