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Deborah Heatlie

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Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Science - Audiology

I am a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, and RCCP registered Audiologist with over 25 years’ experience in NHS practice.

Prior to joining the University of Sunderland, I held a Principal Audiologist role which incorporated a significant clinical workload of audiometric assessment and rehabilitation across all age ranges. I also had an active role in training, supporting, and assessing degree students on placement and learners enrolled on apprenticeships in the department.

In addition to my teaching role at the University, I have an honorary contract in a local NHS Audiology department, which allows me to maintain clinical knowledge and skills in the field.

I hold an undergraduate degree in Applied Physiology from the University of Sunderland and a master’s degree in Rehabilitative Audiology from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. I have also been awarded a Higher Certificate of Clinical Competence in Paediatric Audiological Assessment by the British Academy of Audiology.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science Practice - Audiology degree apprenticeship.

I am module leader for HCS108 (Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Neurosensory Systems), HCS339 (End Point Assessment for Healthcare Science Apprenticeship), HCA 101 (Fundamental Professional Skills in Healthcare Science), and HCA105 (Healthcare Science Associate End Point Assessment).

I also teach across a number of audiology modules and provide support and supervision to students during clinical placement.


My research interests include Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) assessment and management and extended high-frequency audiometric assessment.

  • Paediatric hearing assessment and rehabilitation
  • Auditory Processing Disorder assessment and management
  • Specialised audiological assessment

I am a member of the British Academy of Audiology and a registrant of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

I have also completed an Aptitude Test in Hearing Aid Dispensing.

Last updated 28 February 2024