Bhavisha Parmar – Regional Resource Editor (AFRICA)

Bhavisha-hiBhavisha Parmar completed her MSc in Advanced Audiology and BSc in Audiology at UCL Ear Institute and has practiced in the NHS and private sector, specializing in pediatric audiology. She is currently in the final year of her PhD at UCL Ear Institute, funded by the BRC. She is also the Technical Specialist for the charity Deaf Kidz International, a Distance Learning Tutor for Anglia Ruskin University and a Trustee of the British Society of Audiology. Bhavisha also holds an Honorary contract with Hounslow and Richmond NHS trust where she is a practicing pediatric audiologist.

In 2017, Bhavisha moved to Zambia, for one year, to volunteer with the charity Sound Seekers (now known as Deaf Kidz International) to develop the first pediatric audiology practice in the country and help raise the profile of audiology services within the Zambian Ministry of Health. She was subsequently appointed Special Advisor for Sound Seekers and is now the Technical Specialist for Deaf Kidz International since both charities merged in 2020. Her role includes remote training of audiology clinicians in low resource countries as well as service development, planning and monitoring. She has a passion for developing ear and hearing care services in low resource settings and recently published a research article in the International Journal of Audiology to describe the development of an audiology clinic in Malawi.

Her PhD builds on the research she carried out during her MSc and investigates how speech is used in the hearing assessment process. Her project includes clinician’s perspectives of speech testing in UK audiology services, the development of a spatial speech in noise test and hearing aid user’s experiences of the audiological assessment process.

Email: Bhavisha.parmar@deafkidzinternational.org
Twitter: @BhavishaJParmar
Blog: www.sound-seekers.org.uk/volunteer-blog-bhavisha/

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