Attuned to hear and now
WHEN she started her practice 30 years ago, audiologist Vivienne Sobon was fitting clients with hearing aids attached to heavy batteries the size of a pack of playing cards.
Today, she works with hearing aids smaller than ear-buds that are programmable from a smart phone.
“It has been amazing working with the incredible advancements in technology over the years,” the Hearing and Audiology owner said. “They put so much money into research and development to help people hear better in noisy situations.
“I keep thinking: ‘Well they’ve done that, they’ve done this, what else can they do?’, but I am always amazed.”
Ms Sobon said she never imagined her business Hearing and Audiology, which operates from clinics in Subiaco and Duncraig, would be so successful over three decades.
“It is really special to be working in a profession where you’re helping people,” she said.
“I feel very privileged to give people back the ability to hear.
“Hearing is so important to communication, to confidence, living a good life. It changes their life.”
The Claremont resident said she, her team (including daughter Zoe and son Gabe) and loyal clientele would be celebrating their milestone throughout the year.
“I have been very fortunate that I have people who have been coming to me from the very beginning all those years ago,” she said.
Western Suburbs Weekly’s parent company Community Newspaper Group is also celebrating 30 years in business this year.
The sophistication of audiology equipment just keeps evolving in Vivienne Sobon’s profession.