North Shore Times : January 25th 2011
9 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 25, 2011 Melissa Mesina will be the senior audiologist for the new clinics. She holds a Master of Audiology and comes originally from the lovely but busy Manila, Philippines. Melissa has been based at Bay Audiology Taupo for the last 3 years but recently relocated to Albany in order to enjoy the lifestyle of a bigger city and to work in great new clinic which opened in December 2010. She will also see clients once a month, in the new visiting clinic based in Helensville which will open on the 21st January 2011. "I enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment in Albany. The new clinic has such a great location in the heart of Albany and it is easy for customers to find us." She says. The new Albany clinic is located just off State Highway 17 and has brand new modern facilities, sound-proofing and ample parking. For people living closer to the Kaipara River, the part-time clinic in Helensville might be a convenient option close by. It's located at the Alison McKenzie House Medical Centre on 51 Commercial Road, Helensville. The clinic will operate once monthly, on a Friday from 8.30am-5.00pm but this service might be extended depending on demand. Bay Audiology has a great network of support in the area with a well established clinic in Takapuna, based at 17 Shea Terrace, Lakeside Specialist Centre and another clinic in Orewa. They are all excited about the two new clinics in their area and welcome the opportunity to assist even more people to enjoy the sounds they love. Bay Audiology is New Zealand's largest run private audiology service provider with clinics across the country. They place a huge emphasis on providing excellent customer care. "We pride ourselves on maintaining excellence in all that we do. It is inspiring to work in an innovative workplace that offers continual professional development for its staff members and state of the art technology," says Melissa. Melissa wanted to become an Audiologist in the hope of improving people's quality of life. "It's satisfying and rewarding to help people adjust to using their hearing aids and to see the joy on people's faces when they are able to enjoy again having a chat with friends in a busy restaurant, talking to their grandchildren and enjoy other special moments they have been missing out on. Often it's not only our client that has been suffering but also their family. Communication is the key to happy relationships." Hearing loss affects one in ten New Zealanders and this is becoming more common as we age. Making matters worse, most of us will wait an average of seven years before doing anything about it. Melissa gives advice on what to do if you think you are suffering from hearing loss. How can people find out if they suffer from hearing loss? To test your hearing, there are some simple questions you need to answer: 1. Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to? 2. Do people complain that you have the TV or radio too loud? 3. Do you have trouble understanding what someone says on the telephone? 4. Is it difficult to follow what others are saying when there is a lot of background noise? 5. Do you struggle to hear when someone is talking from another room? 6. Have you, or are you still, working in a noisy environment? If you answer yes to two or more of these questions then you may be experiencing hearing loss. "A hearing check is very simple and only takes a few minutes. Quite often there is no problem and this puts the clients' mind at ease. But if there is hearing loss, it's a case of the sooner the better in terms of doing something about it" says Melissa. Anyone still unsure about having a hearing check, see the great Sounds of Summer offer below. Bay Audiology Opens Two New Clinics on the North Shore! Local residents will now find it even easier to rediscover the joy of hearing. Bay Audiology is delighted to announce the relocation of its smaller Milford clinic, formerly known as Access Audiology Milford, to a brand new state-of-the-art hearing clinic in Albany, as well as a new part-time clinic in Helensville, bringing a wide range of services to the area. The new Albany clinic is part of a nationwide network of over 65 Bay Audiology clinics. In the North Shore area there are also clinics in Helensville, Orewa and Takapuna. • A FREE hearing check worth $59* • $1,000 off selected hearing aids* • A FREE wireless accessory worth $495* • FREE batteries for five years* • Plus most people will qualify for a government subsidy of at least $500 per hearing aid CALL 0800 800 854 (select your preferred clinic) and make an appointment today! BRING BACK THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER AND SAVE UP TO $2,000. *Some terms and conditions apply. Please ask in clinic for more details or visit www.bayaudiology.co.nz HEARING LOSS AFFECTS ONE IN EVERY TEN NEW ZEALANDERS. It becomes more common as we age. Making matters worse, surveys show sufferers needlessly wait an average of seven years before doing something about lost hearing. HEARING AIDS. In most cases hearing loss can be immediately improved, often through the use of hearing aids. Over the past few years tremendous advancements have been made in hearing aid technology. Hearing aids offer a superb level of sound quality packed in tiny aids, which are comfortable to wear and practically invisible to most observers. BABY BOOMERS. One in six baby boomers (ages 50-64) have a hearing problem and most people with hearing loss are still in the workforce (younger than 65). FACTS ABOUT HEARING LOSS.
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