It was set up for parents who wanted a second, independent opinion about their children’s hearing. By listening to parents’ concerns, getting a measure of the hearing loss at a young age and providing the latest hearing-aid technology, the team at Chear has helped hundreds of children to make great progress. Over time we expanded the service to include adults. In early 2013 we opened another clinic in central London.
Chear is registered with the Care Quality Commission under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
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.