A new, purpose-designed hearing clinic has opened in Narooma. Audiologist Annemarie Narraway has fitted out the practice to provide the best auditory care possible. This has included double glazing the windows, affixing foam matting to the walls and even mounting her grandmother’s antique Persian rug to the walls for an element that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.
“My rooms are dedicated to improving people’s lives through hearing,” Annemarie said.
No expense has been spared when it comes to the equipment Annemarie is using in her practice as well. sourcing integrated hardware and software from a Danish manufacturer.
“It’ll be more seamless and integrated so that I can spend more focused time with my clients and don’t have to spend as much time transferring data manually,” she said
Going to these lengths to ensure her practice can deliver the best care is part of Annemarie’ overall philosophy of putting her clients first.
“My approach is to get the best possible outcome for the client,” she said.
As an independent audiologist, Annemarie brings over 21 years of experience to each of her consultations, without needing to meet company or supplier targets. Having moved to the South Coast in the past few years, Annemarie saw a need for specialised hearing care for everyone in the community. Annemarie has applied for permission to perform services through the help of various funding supports, such as Medicare, Program for DVA and pensioners as well as having plans in place to support through NDIS.
“I have additional, recent training in numerous wax removal techniques. Instead of using a syringe to blast out the wax - the risk of damaging the eardrum is quite high for that - I’ll be using other techniques such as manual removal or a vacuum- suction machine.”
Annemarie will also be providing DPOAE testing as an additional diagnostic tool, this can be especially useful when testing hearing in children. The test measures a tiny echo that ear cells produce and can predict hearing loss or changes to hearing function.
“Even if I don’t get any subjective responses from a child I can get objective responses, that adds to a fuller picture,” said Annemarie.
Recently moved to Narooma, Annemarie will be volunteering at the Mainly Music program that enables parents and carers of young children to spend time with their children with music while providing parenting support.
“So much growth and development is happening for young children and music and language are intertwined in improving communication. With a background in speech pathology and hearing I wanted to assist the program.”
Named Hear Well-Live Well, the practice can be found behind the shoe shop in Narooma. In Central Arcade shop 3/114 Wagonga Street, Narooma.