Dr Sudhira Ratnayake
Trustee & Membership Communications Group Lead
I am a Consultant Audiovestibular Physician at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in West Midlands. In addition to practicing Audiovestibular Medicine, I am the Team Leader of the Wolverhampton Newborn Hearing Screening Programme.
Prior to being appointed at Wolverhampton, I gained valuable experience in a range of NHS Trusts with national and international reputation, from community-based services to tertiary specialist centres, across London. This experience included a variety of auditory and vestibular disorders including hearing loss, tinnitus & hyperacusis, auditory processing disorder and services for implantable devices.
My special interest is in paediatric hearing and balance disorders and particularly, diagnosing the underlying medical cause. In my daily clinical practice, I work with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues from Audiology, Medical (e.g. Paediatric, ENT, Neurology and Clinical Genetics), Education, Mental Health and Local Authority services. In addition, I have been involved with teaching and training medical and audiology clinicians for many years.
I have been a full member of the BSA since 2006 and have found the organisation a stimulating forum where both academic and clinical professionals can interact and share ideas.
Over the years, the BSA has made great strides in guiding professionals. With greater scrutiny of services at present time, it would be vital to keep the translational approach taken by the BSA. I wish to bring my experience, enthusiasm and multi-professional working practice to the Trustee post in the BSA and support its strategic plan in the coming years.