Director and Consultant Audiologist
Dr. Priya Carling, AuD, RHAD
Priya trained as a speech-language therapist and audiologist in South Africa and completed her AuD through an American university in Florida. She has over 20 years clinical and management experience in both the UK private sector and the NHS.
She has worked as Head of Audiology, Neurophysiology and Speech Therapy at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital, London and was Head of Audiology for East Kent Audiology Services. She then spent 7 years as Director of Education, Principle Investigator and Senior Lecturer at UCL’s Ear Institute in London.
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In 2017 Priya set up Kent Hearing. The practice offers a local clinical service, including earwax removal, hearing testing, hearing aids, tinnitus management and paediatric services. Priya is also lead audiologist at West Kent ENT Community Service.
She is a consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for whom she has helped develop their ‘Basic Ear and Hearing Care resource. She is a member of the scientific advisory board for the BEAR project in Denmark and is a sections editor for the clinical publication ENT and Audiology News.
Priya’s research experience includes clinical trials of interventions (device and pharmacological) for hearing loss and tinnitus and her particular interests include noise-induced hearing loss prevention and education for improving patient outcomes through high quality service delivery.
Having started her career in the restaurant industry, Stephanie worked for a chain of national opticians before joining Kent Hearing in 2018. She is responsible for much of the important behind the scenes administration and organisation that keeps the practice running smoothly and efficiently.
Steph’s responsibilities include booking and managing patient appointments, organising follow-ups, book-keeping and finance, IT and all other aspects of day-to-day office administration. She also attends patient consultations when required, assists with hearing aid maintenance and care, and enjoys meeting the wide range of patient’s of all ages that come to the practice.
Julia joined us in September 2021 and is responsible for much of the patient related day-to-day administration of the practice. This includes preparing patient notes and files for clinics, booking and confirming patient appointments, managing the clinic diary, meeting and greeting patients and ensuring that patient records are kept up to date. She also works closely with Practice Coordinator Stephanie on stock control and supplier management.
Julia started her career as PA to the director of a financial services company in London, before raising a family. She then returned to work locally as a pre-school nursery assistant, qualifying as a Level 2 and 3 teaching assistant and working as a lunchtime teacher, parent support advisor and breakfast club supervisor before joining Kent Hearing.