At­tuned to hear and now

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Anniversary - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.

Pic­ture: Rosanna Can­dler

The so­phis­ti­ca­tion of au­di­ol­ogy equip­ment just keeps evolv­ing in Vivi­enne Sobon’s pro­fes­sion.

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