B arrow gained an addition to its health
services when Philip Kenny set up
his new business, Premier Hearing,
on August 4th. Located in Room to Work
on High St, it offers an independent audiology service that provides in-store and mobile
lifestyle hearing assessments, hearing aids, wax removal, tinnitus management,
and impartial hearing advice. At a time when the NHS is extremely stretched,
this range of services is particularly welcome.
Philip is a Barrow resident and has worked in the audiology industry for 26 years. He explains that it was an almost inevitable career pathway. From the age of ten, Philip helped his audiologist dad to mend hearing aids on a Saturday morning even though he would much rather have been playing football. In his 26 years, he has gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of the business; his extensive knowledge of the sheer range of modern hearing aids that have evolved from the old ear trumpet is particularly valuable. As an independent practitioner he is free to explore any brand or type to suit his customer’s lifestyle and pocket. He continues to be amazed at the facilities of hearing aids including some that can send a text to your chosen contact if you fall or can be remotely tuned by your audiologist perhaps working in a different country. One timely feature is the hearing aid that doesn’t fall out every time you take off your face mask. Philip has plans to expand the centre and provide jobs in the local community into 2021.
Philip is delighted to be working as his own boss in his home village with no weekly commutes to Bristol to his old employer’s head office. Home hearing assessments are very much part of Philip’s service, all with current PPE guidelines followed to ensure safety. The other huge benefit of working independently is that Phil can give a personal service without rush. He has time to listen, consider problems, discuss options; indeed, he is proud to say that this is his priority.
He even had time to relate this anecdote from his time working in Ireland. A farmer hadn’t been able to hear for 50 years; he had little to say about his medical history other than he remembered poking a bit of paper into his ear when he was 15. Sure enough, Phil found an abnormality caused by the original paper which was now firmly fused to the structure of the ear. After surgery to remove the paper, the farmer was able to hear clearly. Phil commented that this was a rather extreme example of the job satisfaction he experiences when he can make a difference to someone’s life.
If you would like to find more about Premier Hearing, visit the website premierhearing.co.uk or Facebook page.
Barrow Voice wishes Phil every success with this new business.