I work Tuesday and Thursday at Te Puke HearingLife Clinic, in the role of adult diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologist. I work part-time, as I juggle my role as mother to two young sons.
Prior to Te Puke I worked as an audiologist in Christchurch (2010 – 2013) and Adelaide (2013 – 2015) in a variety of situations, including a university hearing clinic, private independent practice, aboriginal preschool, and an otoneurological diagnostic centre. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of an audiologist’s job, which has enabled me to work with people with a hearing loss from 7 months to 102 years, as well as individuals with balance disorders, and provide clinical education and teaching to audiology students. In my job, I feel very privileged to be a part of each person’s life, as it is typically not just one individual who is affected by the hearing or balance difficulties.
I completed my Masters of Audiology (with Distinction) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to studying audiology I completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours, with a double major in Psychology and Biology, as well as a PhD in Psychological Medicine. I enjoy learning, and this translates into my work through my desire to hear my patient’s stories and how their lives are affected, and provide them with information that enables them to be informed participants in their hearing/balance care. I want to ensure that people’s quality of life, and that of their significant others, is not affected by their hearing loss.