Matthew Murray – New Clinical Lead at PC Werth
PC Werth are pleased to introduce Matthew Murray as clinical lead. Since qualifying as an audiologist in 2008 at the University of Southampton, Matthew has gained a breadth of experience in both clinical and commercial environments, both in the UK as well as internationally. Throughout his career, Matthew has concentrated on clinical measurements and has developed a great passion for supporting others in implementing these in clinics. He has been invited to give talks at conferences worldwide and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in global trends within the audiology field. Matthew is on the board of directors for the British Academy of Audiology and consults for UK DeafSport, and attended the last Deaflympics in 2013.
Audiology is about the identification, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders. Hearing loss is a highly prevalent and extremely isolating condition. Unlike other disabilities it separates people from people, music and the environment that enriches our experience of life. Being able to help people to overcome these difficulties is a really special experience.
Why did you move to private sector?
Having worked within the NHS as a clinician, I have a real appreciation of the difficulties that clinicians face in their daily work. I really enjoy the ability to work at the forefront of technology with glimpses into where we are moving next. The opportunity to help influence the design and education of future audiological solutions is really exciting to improve both the clinician and patients’ experience.
What’s your role in PC Werth?
As clinical lead I am there to support hearing care professionals and our team through training and product management. My role at PC Werth allows us to work more closely with clinicians on developing and implementing solutions built for them and their clinic model.
Why would audiologists need such a support?
Every practice is different and it is important to recognise that and help tailor solutions to an individual’s specialist needs. With rapid developments in technology and service delivery models in both public and private sectors, it is crucial that we partner with hearing healthcare professionals to ultimately be able offer a better service to their clients: the hearing impaired.
What are the daily struggles of the members of the board of directors at the BAA? Is it difficult to manage the responsibilities of the BoD, charity and clinical lead work?
BAA is the largest professional association of professionals in hearing and balance management in the UK. The board of directors all sit in a voluntary role in addition to their day-to-day work. Each member has a specific area of responsibility. I really enjoy the challenge of being kept busy and balancing these roles. I appreciate the level of support and flexibility that PC Werth have to encourage me to continue this work with both BAA and UK DeafSport.
Phonak has just introduced HT to the end users omitting your profession … Do you think this controversial move is symptomatic for our fast-solutions-driven modern world and will soon become the future of hearing care industry (without audiology)?
I think that it is important that the industry remembers that hearing aids are a part of the solution, they are not in themselves the entire solution. Audiologists provide an important and valuable service not only in the assessment of hearing and provision of hearing aids, but more importantly in the counselling process. Helping people to understand and take ownership of their hearing loss is an important and powerful process that should not be overlooked.
How will Brexit influence the future of the audiology in the UK and worldwide?
We live in a challenging time to predict what will happen. This has been true to the audiology profession for a number of years. The NHS is a unique provider in the world and as such, the way that hearing care is managed privately is also different in the UK. The UK is a highly influential force in global audiology both owing to the strengths of organisations such as BSHAA, BAA and BSA and the international reputation of our education system.