Miss. Bhavisha Parmar(Senior Audiologist, Sound Seekers Special Advisor Audiology) graduated from UCL in 2012 with a BSc in Audiology and has since worked extensively with both the adult and pediatric populations. After completing volunteer projects in rural India with Raleigh International and an MSc in Advanced Audiology in 2016, Bhavisha was inspired to link her passion of audiology and development work. This led her to volunteer with Sound Seekers in 2017 for one year in Zambia, where she set up the first Children’s Hearing Clinic in the country. During her time in Zambia, Bhavisha worked closely with the Zambian Ministry of Health to help raise the profile of audiology in the country. This contributed to the signing of the first Zambian Ear, Nose and throat strategic plan and a pledge from the Ministry of Health to employ audiology staff for the first time and convert the Children’s Hearing Clinic to the first comprehensive Audiology Centre of Excellence.
Alongside this work, Bhavisha is currently the pediatric clinical lead at an NHS trust in London whilst completing her Ph.D. at UCL Ear Institute investigating the assessment of spatial hearing and optimization of hearing devices. Bhavisha is the Special Advisor (Audiology) for Sound Seekers and regularly visits their five African project countries to provide clinical and technical support.
For more information about Bhavisha’s work see www.sound-seekers.org.uk