Spotlight on Jonathan Doyle our Audiologist

Jonathan Doyle (or Jon as he is better known at Clifton Audiology) is our Audiologist and brings a wealth of experience to the team. His fascination with the brain and his lifelong passion for music inspired his career in audiology.

Jon’s care and attention to his patient’s needs are evident in the numerous testimonials he has received. Jon also runs our balance testing service, which provides comprehensive diagnostics for people suffering from dizziness and vertigo.

Here Jon shares his story of working at Clifton Audiology and his tips for looking after your hearing.

What made you want to train in Audiology?

From a young age, I suffered from a common form of hearing loss, glue ear, which went undiagnosed for several years. Eventually, it was noticed that my speech and language development was delayed, and so until the age of 5, my world was very quiet. I remember first hearing clearly after an operation to have grommets inserted – I had never realised until that point that the Lion King was filled with songs! My parents have a profound appreciation for music, and since that initial flood of hearing, returning it has always been a passion of mine as well. A lifelong fascination with music and hearing initially led me to study neurosensory sciences and ultimately complete further study in audiology.

Jonathan Doyle with mask

What is the best thing about your job?

To restore a patient’s access to sound is such a joy. I know first-hand what it’s like struggling to communicate effectively or being unable to appreciate a melody, and so giving that sense of hearing back to those who’ve lost it means everything to me. Also, I’m a science nerd at heart, so I love teaching my patients about the inner ear’s workings.

What are the top three things people can do to take care of their hearing?

  1. Get it checked – hearing deteriorates over time for most of us, so don’t just wait until there is a glaring problem with your hearing. Having a regular test will keep you thoroughly informed.
  2. Be wary of noise – it’s not just volume that poses a risk to your hearing, but also exposure duration. Listening to music for hours on end with earphones can be just as damaging as using a pneumatic drill without hearing protection, so give your ears a break from sound now and then. Also, if a sound feels uncomfortably loud, then it is already beyond your safe exposure limit!
  3. Keep your ears dry – the most common reason I see people in the clinic with ear infections or impacted wax is water getting into the ears. Avoid getting your ears wet when showering or bathing, and if you’re an avid swimmer or surfer, consider getting some custom fitting plugs.

How did you come to work at Clifton Audiology?

I worked for several years at a clinic on Harley Street, and a branch of their service includes a nationwide charity-backed scheme to provide tailored hearing protection to musicians. In delivering this scheme, I began travelling in the UK, and I regularly visited Bristol. On exploring this city filled with an abundance of creative minds, I was drawn to live here, and so I began my search for a clinic that aligned with my outlook. When I met the team here, I knew I had found what I was looking for – an independent practice with a skilled, patient-centric, and holistic approach.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

I play the guitar and sing – in the winter, I snowboard, and in the summer, I kayak. I like to go on long strolls with my energetic spaniel Luna, and before lockdown ends, I’m determined to learn how to fish.

What are you looking forward to most in 2021?

With any luck, I am getting married to my fiancé! It’s been a turbulent year for everyone, but with some semblance of normality returning, I am hoping we can tie the knot even if it’s just our close family invited.

Book an appointment with Jonathan Doyle today by calling 01179012526 or sending a message on the Contact page.