Audiologist - Lynsey Ellison

What is your job?

I am an Audiologist, I perform diagnostic hearing tests and provide rehabilitation for patients with hearing loss and tinnitus.

How long have you been in this role?

I have worked for the Northern Trust for six years, I joined the Audiology Department as a trainee when I was a university student and was then employed after graduation. 

Why did you decide to become an audiologist?

I held part time jobs when I was at school and found I liked working with the public and I always wanted to work in a hospital environment. The day I had my first audiology lecture in University, I knew that was the career for me as I found it really interesting. I came across a workbook recently from when I was six years old - I had drawn an ear and described how it worked, so you could say I started training early!

What qualifications do you need?

A BSc in Audiology is required, at present Universities in Northern Ireland don’t offer this course.

What happens in your average day?

I would say there isn’t an average day in audiology! Every day is different and brings its own challenges, which is another reason I like my job. I constantly have to apply new skills and adapt my training to meet the needs of my patients.

My days are filled with a mixture of appointments, some days I perform a range of diagnostic tests at ENT (ear, nose and throat) clinics, I also see patients who have been referred to audiology to be assessed for hearing aid provision. Other appointments include issuing hearing aids to patients, repairing and maintaining hearing aids and testing babies who have been referred for hearing tests from the newborn hearing screening program.

What is the best thing about your job?

I love working as part of a multidisciplinary team, I get to work alongside other audiologists, nursing staff and ENT doctors. Every member of the team has a different role to play but we all need to apply our skills to help each patient as they come through the clinic.

I work with a wide range of age groups from newborn babies to the elderly and I enjoy the challenge that brings to my job.

I work Monday to Friday 9-5, I don’t have to work night shifts or weekends.

What gives you satisfaction in your job?

Hearing aid patients rely on us, for many we are their lifeline, if their hearing aids break down they are cut off from the world. I help to provide a service that allows these people perform everyday activities the rest of us take for granted.

Who inspires you?

My patients inspire me, watching how they overcome their problems and adapt provides great job satisfaction.

How do you relax after a busy day?

I actually go to boxercise and aerobics some evenings with a friend from work. I also seem to be a magnet for stray and injured animals and spend quite a bit of time looking after waifs and strays as well as my own dog and cat.

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