We have just appointed two new ear care technicians – Rachel Harrison (pictured above) and Ashleigh Bullen.
Rachel has worked in the care sector for 12 years, gaining qualifications that enabled her to help people promote dignity in care for those who live with dementia.
“Looking for new skills, I studied the anatomy and physiology of the ear, and it was amazing how poor ear health can affect people’s social interacting and hearing loss,” said Rachel.
“If I can play a part in someone’s life to help promote better hearing and give back a little of people’s social abilities then there can be no more job satisfaction than that.”
Difference ear care makes
“Having attended clinics and seen the difference an ear care technician can make, I cannot wait to see what the future holds within the audiology world.”
Rachel lives in Herne Bay with her husband, three children and two dogs. She said: “I love cooking Indian food and photography and I enjoy travelling to India twice a year. The culture, food and people amaze me.”
Ashleigh was born and bred in Canterbury where she grew up with her dad and step-mum who are nurses.
Good hearing is essential
“Other family members work in the NHS and care sector, so quite naturally, I found myself working in care and stayed for around eight years,” said Ashleigh. “I worked in care homes, out it in the community and in an agency.
“I then obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and moved to a school to see if teaching was for me. But I found I missed the care sector too much! From all my experience, including the school, there has been a common factor I’ve seen that has isolated people and got them down a lot – that was hearing!
“Hearing is such an essential factor in everyday life and seeing individuals struggle with this really got me interested in helping with hearing loss. I was amazed to find out how many people were affected by ear wax alone. So, here I am, hoping to help some people hear even just a little bit better by relieving them of their wax. I am so excited to embark on this journey and hope to go into further training to become an audiologist.”