Ann – Audiologist
Ann has been working in the world of hearing for many years. She is passionate
about helping people understand their hearing problems, and is very skilled in
diagnosing audiological conditions. She enjoys helping people improve their general
communication with a combination of hearing aids and hearing strategies.
Ann has seen how important hearing health is for emotional, psychological, and
social wellbeing, and she emphasises that healthy hearing helps keep us
connected with our loved ones, friends and co-workers. She says: “Good hearing
is taken for granted. People never consider their ears until their hearing is
affected in some way. We should protect our ears at all times from excessive
noise exposure and physical injury”.
Kevin – Audiologist
Kevin has long been interested in hearing, and loves that his job allows him to
meet many different people and to help them when they are in need.
“Hearing contributes to overall quality of life, but because it usually gradually
declines, people don’t know how bad it is until life starts to become difficult”.
That’s why Kevin is a firm advocate of regular hearing checks. “Once hearing is
gone, it’s gone. Look after it.”
Ryan – Audiologist
Audiologist Ryan O’Clair heads our Brisbane Clinic. He joins us
all the way from the US, where he completed a clinical doctorate degree in
audiology at Pacific University. Ryan says that the most rewarding aspect of
being an audiologist is “helping bring the clarity back to an individual’s life.”
He says that hearing loss often manifests itself as difficulty with clarity of
speech, not loudness.
He advises that hearing loss occurs regardless of age and anyone with a hearing
loss should treat it as soon as possible in order to preserve the auditory
system as a whole; “The phrase ‘Use it or lose it’ very much so applies to our
sense of hearing, and untreated hearing loss can have unexpected consequences
on the auditory nerve and ultimately the brain itself. Bottom line: protect
your ears, get a hearing test, and create a baseline.”
Chamini – Audiometrist
Chamini was inspired to enter the field of hearing after the child of a family
member was born with hearing loss. She believes hearing plays a vital role in
maintaining relationships and in making important decisions. She is also dual
qualified, having trained in Audiology in Sri Lanka, as well as the Diploma of
Hearing Device Prescription and evaluation in Australia.
To Chamini, the most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing the new lease on
life people get from hearing aids. When asked what we should all know about
hearing, she said: “An early diagnosis is very important, as prompt treatment
will improve the chances that a hearing aid will be successfully implemented
and used. A routine hearing test provides serious benefits for everyone.”
Sue – Audiometrist
Sue was previously a registered nurse, including work at an occupational health clinic, and one component
of her job was to perform screening hearing tests. She wanted to learn more
about audiology so she enrolled in the Audiometry at OTEN. Sue combines these
two skill sets to bring excellent technical knowledge and clinical skills.
Sue believes hearing is a fundamental necessity for communicating and
maintaining relationships. That’s why she’s so passionate about helping people
learn about hearing and listening. If Sue could only give you one piece of
advice, it would be this: “Protect yourself from loud noise, wherever possible”.
Daniel – Audiometrist and Assistive Communications Device Product Manager
Daniel was diagnosed with a progressive hearing impairment in his early teens
but he was determined to find a way to help others with hearing loss. Daniel
is now an Audiometrist. He also tests and reviews assistive communications devices.
“Knowing that I’m helping to give back to a client one of their most vital means for
communication is rewarding beyond measure”.
Daniel speaks from experience when he imparts the following: “As we get older
our hearing is likely to deteriorate, especially in frequencies vital to
understanding speech. While we're younger it is essential that we do all we can
to protect our ears from loud noise so that a loss of hearing does not impact our
quality of life in later years.”
Mark – Customer Support
Mark studied audiometry at OTEN.
Growing up, he wanted to work in a position where he could help people; he
finds working at Blamey Saunders very rewarding. To Mark, the most rewarding
aspect of his job is creating real change in people’s lives. “Whenever we get
an ecstatic review from one of our clients, it really motivates me to keep
Mark is emphatic about hearing health. “It’s so important because your hearing
keeps you connected to the world. It allows you to stay connected at work and
with your friends and family”.
Mark would like to leave anyone hesitant about treating their hearing loss with
this advice: “If you think you have a hearing difficulty, you should do something
about it. The difference a good hearing solution can make to your life is enormous”.
Eliza – Customer Support
As a musician, Eliza has always taken an interest in the importance of hearing
health. She comes from a background in Medical Science but also has extensive
experience in customer service and retail in electronics. Eliza loves working
with people and new technology. She is currently studying Audiometry.
Eliza believes that you shouldn’t take hearing for granted. She emphasises that
“good hearing health lets you keep enjoying the things you love”.
Eliza loves that her job allows her to reach people near or far. “I think our
business is really unique that way. We can help people down the street, in a
rain forest, up a mountain or in the middle of the desert. I love reaching out
to people all over the country (and the world)”.
Theo – Hearing Aid Audiologist
Theo’s interest in music production led him to a career in hearing health. He
loves that his job allows him to assist people with their hearing wherever they
are, whenever they need his help.
Theo believes that hearing is a fundamental aspect of how we interact with our
surroundings. “The inability to hear leads to feeling isolated and cut off from
the people around us,” he said, "and so it’s important to act on hearing loss
as soon as possible."
Sophie – Customer Support
When you call up to speak to our Client Services team, there’s a
chance you’ll get put through to Dr Sophie. Sophie has a scientific research
background and is interested in all things ears. She believes hearing is so
important because communication is integral to our relationships and mental
Sophie says that the most rewarding aspect of her job is getting people
socialising again. If she could only leave you one piece of advice, it would be
this: “You won’t always know if your ears are occluded with wax, so don’t
dismiss having them looked at!”
Michael – Customer Support
Michael is a member of our Client Services team and is thrilled to be
working in such an interesting, meaningful role. He says the best part of his
job is chatting with people about what they’re rediscovering with their new
Michael believes it’s important to pay attention to the people around you when
they start to talk about your hearing loss; many people dismiss these comments,
and some struggle for up to seven years before seeking help.
Michael says “Hearing can help define so much of our interaction with others,
so it’s something that should be looked after as best we can”.