At the age of 18 I met the head of the East Dorset NHS Audiology department at a Twynham 6th form careers evening. After completing work experience within the department I knew this was the career path that I wanted to follow. I spent two years travelling back and forth between Bournemouth & London studying to gain a BTEC qualification in Medical Physics & Physiological Measurement as well as the British Association of Audiologists certificate parts 1 & 2.
The majority of my time was focused on helping adults, although in my role supporting specialist Ear, Nose & Throat consultants' clinics I also completed hearing tests on children. I enjoyed additional training and responsibility within the department providing support & counselling to people having problems with tinnitus, and becoming Domiciliary Coordinator before going on maternity leave in 2011.
In 2012, after 12 years in the NHS, I was ready for a new challenge and decided to work in the private sector. I registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and completed the training to become a Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser (RHAD) and started working for a well-known high street hearing care provider. I enjoyed the retail side of the job while still maintaining the ethics that my time in the NHS had taught me.
Running my own hearing care business is something I have wanted to do for a long time, I love being in charge of all areas of my business and I still get such a great feeling when someone has their hearing aids turned on for the first time. The expression on a client's face when they hear what a loved one is saying clearly still fills me with happiness.
When I'm not working I love spending time with my husband & daughter and having fun with family & friends. I enjoy cooking & baking and spending time at our family beach hut.