The Team

Josephine Marriage PhD, director of Chear, is a clinical scientist in audiology and registered hearing-aid dispenser.

Josephine Marriage has worked with children with hearing loss and cochlear implants for over 20 years. She was head of paediatric audiology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, from 1993 to 1999.

Josephine is a research associate with Brian Moore, professor of auditory perception at Cambridge University, developing new ways of assessing hearing and programming hearing aids to suit the needs of adults and children.  She is also involved in training hearing professionals throughout the UK.  She has research and teaching roles at the Ear Institute at University College London. 

Dr Marriage was awarded a PhD in hyperacusis in Williams Syndrome from Manchester University.  She also has an audiology MSc from the University of Southhampton and a speech sciences degree from University College London.  She received the George Harris Award for her contribution to hearing aid audiology in 2009 and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a clinical scientist and hearing aid dispenser.

Emma Whiting is a senior audiologist in our London centre. She has a wealth of experience in hearing evaluation, hearing-aid technology and assistive devices, acquired since qualifying as an audiologist and speech-language pathologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Emma has a special interest in central auditory processing assessment and rehabilitation.

Emma is currently on maternity leave.

Emily Pugh is based in Shepreth, she assists Josephine when working with children under 6 years of age. Emily helps to settle the children in an unfamiliar environment and is very competent in building trust with the children, enabling them to feel comfortable, confident and secure during the hearing assessment process.

Nikki Quinlivan is our administrative support lead. She is based in Shepreth but sorts out appointments, reports and payments for all Chear visitors.

Marina Salorio-Corbetto works in Shepreth, having recently finished her PhD on strategies for frequency compression in hearing aids at Cambridge University. In the past Marina has set up training programmes for audiologists in Spain and before that in Argentina, where she graduated as an audiologist and speech and language therapist.

Alison Stone is a senior audiologist, covering maternity leave for Emma.  She has worked in community health, ENT clinics and private hearing care centres, and more recently as the national training manager for a hearing aid manufacturer.  Alison brings many years' experience as a hearing technology expert.  Her particular interests include digital signal processing strategies and the impact of hearing on cognition in adults.

Mariavittoria Vallorino is based at our London centre.  She has a degree in Speech and Language Therapy (2001) and a postgraduate diploma in Rehabilitation for Deaf Children (2009), completed in Italy.  She has been working as a Speech and Language Therapist across London with pre-school children since 2014 and is training to become an auditory verbal therapist with AVUK.  She assists Josephine with assessments of children under 6 years of age.

Isabel Pereiro-Nunez works in Shepreth as our earmould technician responsible for making high quality earmoulds on site, so that they can be delivered to our customers in a timely manner.

Before relocating to the United Kingdom, Isabel worked as an optometrist and a qualified technician in audio prosthesis for more than 7 years in Spain, where she earned her BSc degree in Optics and Optometry and her National Diploma in Audio Prosthesis.

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Josephine is a highly professional audiologist with many years experience in working with children, families and adult clients. Chear represents an extremely valuable resource where clients will find high levels of expertise, professionalism and a friendly and supportive approach
John Bamford, Honorary Professor of Audiology, University of Manchester
Many thanks for a successful appointment in trying to obtain some hearing level thresholds for Louie. You did it! You were both so fantastic, so patient and so informative. Thank you. You are so skilled at what you do.
James and Rebecca, parents of Louie, 5 months