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Audiologist finds inspiration every day

19/07/2019

Marianne, Audiology Practice Lead at the Vancouver Community Audiology Centre

Did you know that fish hear through pressure ridges on their bodies, mosquitoes hear through small hairs on their antennae, and crickets hear through their knees? These intriguing facts were shared by Marianne, Audiologist, who is interested in all things related to audiology.

She is the audiology practice lead for a team of 15 staff at the Vancouver Community Audiology Centre, where they provide hearing screening, assessment, and habilitation/rehabilitation services for children age 0-19 years. “I love the teamwork and seeing how everyone gets a chance to work to their strengths and also develop new skills in a collaborative and supportive environment. We really are a 'work family' – some of us have been here over 20 years and we all have a lot of fun together."

Marianne experiences countless inspirational moments as an audiologist. “Any time a child's face lights up when we turn on their new hearing aids is pretty magical," says Marianne. She often sees how well children and youth with hearing impairment can thrive with the right supports.

Before she applied to her current role, Marianne was a front-line clinician with VCH for nearly 13 years. “At the time I wasn't sure I wanted the responsibilities of leadership, but since it was a 3-month temporary position it was a good chance to try it out. When the opportunity to apply for the permanent position came up, I went for it, and that was 16 years ago! I've found the role challenging and satisfying in equal measure and it is nice to look back on all our achievements over the years."

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