eargym co-founders, Amanda Philpott and Andy Shanks, both live with hearing loss and have close family members affected by dementia. They are motivated to build a purpose-led business helping people live well for longer. Between them they have extensive senior leadership and operational experience working in multiple fields, including the NHS, population health and care sector, business development, digital technology and production.
I am an ex-NHS CEO and population health strategy specialist. I co-founded eargym with Andy because I have experienced first-hand the impact of unaddressed hearing loss in my family. My happy place is in the mountains, and hearing nature with greater clarity really matters to me.
I’m an ex-DJ, so when my friends and I started experiencing the early signs of hearing loss and I learnt about the correlation with dementia I became frustrated that there was nothing available to help and decided to do something about it.
Meet the team
We’re a highly motivated team keen to make a difference as we help people around the world improve their hearing health and live well for longer. Everyone at eargym brings something different to the team to make sure our work is the best it can be.
Research Scientist - Audio, Acoustics and UX
I am inspired by eargym's mission of improving the world's hearing through immersive, fun and engaging games, whilst also actively contributing to research. In my spare time, I enjoy climbing, cycling and exploring the mountains of North Wales.
I’m motivated by the challenge to bring hearing training games to the masses with fun and engaging design that’s focused on immersive audio. To unwind, I play a range of computer games and like to go bouldering.
I work with the product team to coordinate our deliverables to make sure everything is delivered to the highest standard. In my down time, I take part in Kyokushinkai karate and spend time playing the guitar and piano.
Growth Marketing & Communications
I’m a big reader and love the power of storytelling in all its forms, both on and off screen. I really value working in a role where I create content that helps share eargym’s story and mission with the world.
I enjoy exploring data to provide valuable insights essential for making informed business decisions and product development. Taking long walks to observe the sunrise or sunset is one of my favourite ways to relax.
I love my job as a developer and having the opportunity to create apps that can help improve lives for the better; eargym is my favourite project that I’ve worked on. In my free time I play the guitar, play sports, and spend a lot of time outdoors.
Clinical & Research Audiologist
eargym provides the opportunity to enhance auditory rehabilitation for individuals with hearing loss while also contributing to a valuable area of research. When I’m not working I love to take my dog on nice country walks especially in the Yorkshire Dales.
After experiencing sudden hearing loss in my family, I'm excited to work with eargym for my industrial placement to help those affected by hearing loss improve their day-to-day lives.