What does ‘explore life’ mean for you?
Kate: I think exploring life is about adventure and experiences. The most you can do out of life is getting yourself out.
How important is camaraderie in your work life? Does friendship help?
Katherine: Yes, absolutely! The communication, the getting along, that's what makes it worthwhile. The relationships that you have with each other, the jokes, the stories and knowing what's going on in other people's lives.
Do you have fun together, while you're on the road or in your professional life?
Katherine: Having fun is very important for us. For quite a while we’ve been collaborating on our professional capacity. We have also a lot of fun at the conferences and meetings!
So, much of your work is around finding out new things and constantly questioning, questioning, questioning. How much does curiosity play into your work?
Kate: We both work with children and are always curious about what's going on with them and why they may not be progressing as we would hope, or what we can do to make them progress even more.
What’s the key to working with children? Do you have to put yourself in a childish mindset sometimes?
Kate: While you're doing therapy or trying to engage with them, you absolutely have to adopt a childish mindset. You’ve got to find something that they're interested in, and every child is different. One child might be interested in one toy and then with the next child, you have to start all over again and find something else. It's also working and engaging with parents on board.
Throughout your careers, have you noticed a shift in the way that people perceive hearing difficulties and hearing loss?
Katherine: Today, I think, cochlear implants have become more of an accepted treatment for hearing loss. There's a lot more collaboration between the different fields, for example translational research and inputs from psychologists and biology. Things like that are being put together to come up with the best possible solution for children with hearing loss and/or people with hearing loss.
What are your thoughts on the health sector as we move forward into the future and what are your hopes for it?
Kate: For the UK, I hope it continues to exist in its current format, with being free at a point of delivery. Thinking about innovation: There's a lot of innovation out there, that can help us deliver services in a more efficient way. For example, telemedicine without making parents have to travel so far and hopefully be able to still deliver the same high-quality services, but with fewer resources or more patients.
Katherine: Kate gave a very good answer! I also think about science and technology, because that is my field as well. I hope that with the translational research that goes on we will be moving forward to come up with better treatments for our patients that will last a lifetime.