Faces of Audiology

Charlotte Gordon

Audiologist at Phonak NZ

Based at Phonak NZ in Auckland, NZ

Focus: Charlotte has a passion both for working clinically and for research. Her job at Phonak allows her to combine these two fields in her daily work.

Avid triathlete and compassionate listener

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“As an audiologist, you need to acquire a depth of knowledge, but first of all, you need to be a good listener and have a certain level of compassion.”

I have always really enjoyed sports and movement, and it has been an integral part of my life. One of my favorite sports is race cycling, and a spin on the bike helps me clear my head after a long day. I also love bringing the joy of movement to others in my role as a group fitness instructor. My interest in how the human body works has not only fostered my passion for sports, but also contributed to my choice of a profession where the science of the human body plays a role.

Making a contribution to raising awareness for the importance of hearing health is one of the strongest motivations in my daily work. There is still a stigma associated with hearing loss, and that is a huge barrier for those affected to get hearing aids until they really need them. By then, most of them have already experienced social isolation due to their untreated hearing loss. I am convinced that by bringing in a more holistic understanding about the social impact of hearing loss with our clients, we can encourage them to be more proactive about their hearing loss.

Next to working clinically, I love research. In my master’s thesis at the Centre of Brain Research at Auckland University I focused on the connection between Dementia and hearing loss. This is a relatively young, but very promising field of research. Various recent studies have identified hearing loss as the greatest modifiable risk factor for dementia in midlife. I believe if this connection becomes better known, and people start realizing that they can do something to reduce the risk of developing dementia, this will be a huge motivation for them to getting active about their hearing health.

Studies and publications (selection)

  • Field trial shows that a Roger™ receiver is faster and easier to set up in hearing aids with RogerDirect™ than previous systems requiring external receivers. by D. Crowhen, C. Gordon

  • A faster way to setting up external recievers: Using Roger and hearing aids with RogerDirect. by D. Crowhen, C. Gordon

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Articles by Charlotte