Dafydd Stephens’s interest in Audiology was first stimulated by his BSc in physiology with William Burns (Noise and Man) in the University of London. It was fostered during a few months spent in Iowa City with Scott Reger and Ron Hinchcliffe. After qualifying in Medicine and internships in ENT, General Medicine and Psychiatry, he joined the Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge with Donald Broadbent, working partly there and partly at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington with Douglas Robinson on aspects of psychoacoustics. He then moved to Southampton as a Clinical Research Fellow with Ross Coles. There he worked mainly on diagnostic tests in Clinical Audiology, before taking up the newly established Consultant post in Audiological Medicine at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London.
Professor Dafydd Stephens developed the Audiological rehabilitation service in the hospital and also an interest in tinnitus, before returning to Wales in 1986. There he took up a new post as director of the Welsh Hearing Institute at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He maintained research interests in Audiological Rehabilitation, Tinnitus and Genetic Hearing Impairment, as well as in the History of Medicine. He was editor of the “British Journal of Audiology” from 1986-1990, and has been Associate editor of “Clinical Otolaryngology” and “Audiological Medicine”.
It is with great sadness that Dafydd passed away at the age of 70. Dafydd (popularly known as Dai) served as a faculty member for the Ida seminar series on Communication Partnerships held in 2009. Stephens was a key contributor to the series, providing an insightful lecture on the positive communication experiences of people with hearing loss and their partners.