“Observing how audiologists interacted with their patients and made a real difference in their lives showed me that this was the job for me”
Currently, I work as a hearing aid dispenser and have done this for nearly two and a half years. My role includes providing private hearing solutions for customers and working alongside healthcare professionals in optics and pharmacy to deliver a complete customer experience. Very recently, my role has included working with graduates in our region to support them during their first few months.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if audiology was the career for me until I started my NHS placement a few months in to my first year at university. Observing how audiologists interacted with their patients and made a real difference in their lives showed me that this was the job for me.
I know this is pretty clichéd but my favourite part is the first time you switch on hearing aids for a patient and they get emotional – it’s really heart-warming!
I think that would have to be getting involved with working with the graduates during their probation. It was really fulfilling to be able to share the experiences I had and support them during that intense period. This eventually led to being asked to deliver a talk to all new graduates in the company. I was given the chance to answer the questions I once had when I was in their position.
I’d say do your research but if you want a career which is empowering and allows you to make a positive impact on lives daily, then this really is the career for you.