After a trip to visit Zimbabwe, her country of birth, audiologist and local resident Tanya Goromonzi realised she had a real passion for helping people with hearing difficulties. Today she becomes the first Specsavers Audiology business owner in the Riverton and Carousel area which opens to customers this week offering hearing care and hearing aids.
“I was inspired to pursue audiology by an ENT surgeon I met through my godfather in Zimbabwe during a trip there. There was a lack of audiological services in Zimbabwe and the surgeon had been committing his time and money to fund equipment and studies for himself and other students, to try to rectify the issue,” Tanya says.
“While completing my studies, including a Neuroscience postgraduate degree and a Master of Science in Clinical Audiology, I spent time helping at clinics in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Because Zimbabwe doesn’t have the same level of audiology services that we do here I feel it’s important to use my skills and knowledge to give back in any way I can.”
“I chose to become an audiologist to help restore quality of life in individuals with hearing impairment. Hearing aids allow people to stop missing out, whether it’s listening to a grandchild’s laugh or a joke told by a friend, the world really opens up when you can hear properly.
“I’m excited to be launching audiology at Specsavers Carousel and Riverton, I have been working in the area since 2016 and I really enjoy building strong relationships with my clients. I love that my job enables me to get to know so many friendly faces and families in the community,” Tanya says.
Being a local resident, Tanya is delighted that Specsavers Riverton and Specsavers Carousel are launching Audiology to customers. This news is revolutionising the audiology industry for local customers, offering hearing aids and care at prices never seen before.
“To be part of a brand that aims to make a difference and always puts the client first is so exciting. I’m happy to be able to offer affordable services and devices of a high standard, as well as start a conversation about hearing loss and erase some of the stigma that surrounds the condition.”
Tanya is encouraging all Carousel and Riverton locals who might have concerns about their hearing to book a free 15-minute hearing check.
“At the moment it takes most Australians 7-10 years to acknowledge they have hearing loss before they do anything to help it – if they do anything at all. During these years, I have personally seen so many cases where hearing loss affects a person’s confidence and independence. The individual becomes embarrassed at having difficulty joining in on conversations, so they back away from social engagement and start to become isolated. As we all know, social isolation and a lack of independence can lead to a whole range of both mental and physical conditions, especially if the individual is older,” she says.
One in six Australians experience hearing loss, yet only one in three does anything about it*. On top of this, new Specsavers research** has shown that over half of Australians (57%), 18 years and over, have experienced moments where they felt concerned about their hearing.
Specsavers’ Executive Director of Audiology, Darrel Magna says the new offering is giving Australians a more accessible solution to hearing loss by providing the clear, low prices and expert service that the Specsavers brand has become well-known for.
“By offering audiology to our customers, we’re hoping to normalise hearing tests and assist hearing loss earlier before it affects a person’s life. All customers at both of our Specsavers Carousel and Specsavers Riverton stores will now have a free five-minute hearing screen included as part of their overall health check in store. We don’t want Australians to have to wait 7-10 years to do something about their hearing challenges, especially if it means they can’t live their lives to the full,” he said.
If you feel like your hearing isn’t as good as it should be Specsavers Riverton and Specsavers Carousel are taking bookings for free 15-minute hearing checks from today. If further testing is required, comprehensive hearing assessments are being offered for $49. If you require hearing assistance as a result, Specsavers has a range of hearing aids designed and built by leading manufacturers, which feature cutting-edge innovations in hearing assistance. A pair of hearing aids at Specsavers starts at $1,495.
Specsavers Audiology is accredited as a qualified hearing service provider by the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, which provides eligible people with access to hearing services such as hearing assessments, subsidised hearing aids and aftercare services. If you think you might be eligible, you can apply for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program online or via post.