Karen Finch

SUFFOLK audiologist and entrepreneur Karen Finch has been honoured for her contributions to the hearing care industry with the Ruth Spencer Prize for 2009 from the British Society of Audiology (BSA).

SUFFOLK audiologist and entrepreneur Karen Finch has been honoured for her contributions to the hearing care industry with the Ruth Spencer Prize for 2009 from the British Society of Audiology (BSA).

She was nominated by her peers “for her contributions to the standards and profile of hearing aid audiologists, specifically those in the independent sector”

The award was established to honour the memory of Ruth Spencer, who, until her death in 1974 at a very early age, was a senior audiology technician at the University of Southampton.

Karen Finch, the managing director of hearing care specialist The Hearing Care Centre, said she was “taken aback” when she heard the announcement.


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“I was shocked and amazed all at the same time. It is a great honour to win this award, which many other greats in the audiology profession have also won.

“I trained as a hearing aid audiologist and set up on my own in 1998 after realising there was a gap in the market for what I call holistic, local hearing care” she added. “I didn't want to be a hearing aid saleswoman, I wanted to offer complete hearing care.”

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The Hearing Care Centre, which is currently celebrating its 10th year in business, is the biggest hearing care service provider in Suffolk, with 12 centres located across the county.

The Ruth Spencer special award, will be presented at the BSA's annual conference dinner on September 10 in London.

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