THE region’s newest hearing centre has had its official opening.
Sharon Oliphant-King, who comes from a long line of family members involved in the industry, has followed in her father John King’s footsteps by opening her own audiometry business.
It was Mr King who did the honours yesterday, cutting the ribbon and unveiling Sharon King Hearing Centre after Tamworth Regional Council general manager Paul Bennett was regrettably unable to attend.
Opening her own business had been on the audiologist’s cards for some time, with the odd nudge from her dad over the years reminding her to follow her dreams.
And since taking the plunge she’s never looked back.
“I love what I do and it’s so much more than hearing tests,” she said.
Mrs Oliphant-King is keeping the family tradition alive, with her daughter Jacqui Bradbery and husband Allan Oliphant both working with her at the new centre.
She opened her doors for business back in May, but wanted the official
festivities to co-inside with Hearing Awareness Week.
Friends, family, staff and clients were on hand to celebrate the momentous occasion, which included a very short “silent lunch” aimed at giving those in attendance the chance to see how it is to be hard of hearing.
“Some people are not very sympathetic (of those hard of hearing),” Mrs Oliphant-King said.
“People often think you’re being rude or ignorant or sometimes a person might misinterpret questions and answer inappropriately, which makes them feel uncomfortable and withdraw.”
A gold coin donation to the lunch raised about $100 for the Deaf Society of NSW, which the centre plans to match.