our team

Local clinical excellence

Frazer Paterson

Director and Clinical Audiologist
(BSc, PgDip, HCPC, MSHAA) -

Director and Clinical Audiologist
(BSc, PgDip, HCPC, MSHAA) -

Director and Clinical Audiologist
(BSc, PgDip, HCPC, MSHAA) -

Frazer, a degree trained audiologist has extensive and varied experience in the world of Audiology.  With two spells in the NHS he was held to the highest clinical standards in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss.  

His experience working for one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers has exposed him to the latest hearing aid technology and how to maximise its potential.  Frazer is passionate that hearing loss should not be a barrier to employment, limit a person’s ability to communicate with friends and family or curtail any aspect of their life.  

He is passionate about Almond Hearing becoming the trusted hearcare provider in his local community and making a small contribution to improve lives.

Ruth Porteous

Aural care practitioner

Ruth trained as a general nurse in 1982 at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, South Lothian College. Thereafter, she worked for six years in general surgery, urology and cardiology before a career break to start a family.  

Ruth worked for 27 years at House of Hearing in Edinburgh, initially on reception before taking the role of Office Manager.  For the last 6 years she combined that role with wax removal by irrigation and micro suction for children and adults. Ruth joins us with a wealth of experience in the sector and is a huge asset to Almond Hearing.

Peter Lucas-Herald

Clinical Audiologist
(MSc Bsc (Hons) RCCP HCPC) -

Clinical Audiologist
(MSc Bsc (Hons) RCCP HCPC) -

Clinical Audiologist
(MSc Bsc (Hons) RCCP HCPC) -

Peter has a strong academic background, first graduating with a biology degree from Edinburgh University before moving on to study audiology at Queen Margaret University. He then completed a master’s degree in audiology, researching vestibular testing methodology.

Peter has been working as a clinical audiologist within the NHS, taking a particular interest in vestibular assessment and reassessment. Balance problems can be incredibly debilitating and Peter has a passion to work with these clients to regain their confidence and help them return to a normal life.

Susie Darroch Paterson

Director and Front of House

Susie has excellent interpersonal skills, having worked for British Airways for 14 years. During this time, she progressed from cabin crew to customer service manager and latterly training executive.

Susie has a keen interest in design and played a vital role in the development of the practice.

Currently studying for a marketing qualification at The Open University she is combining the role of marketing director and office manager.

Susie is key in delivering our patient centric approach and will often be the friendly face welcoming you to Almond Hearing.