A talented audiologist who learned her trade at the Specsavers store in Dumbarton has been crowned Student of the Year on her course.

Elizabeth Deeney, 32, from Clydebank, recently graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a diploma in hearing aid audiology.

Her hard work and dedication to the course, even in the midst of her battle with Crohn’s disease, helped her take the top title in her year.

Determination to succeed
Elizabeth started as an optical assistant at the Dumbarton store in 2014 after working in a care home. She started on the course in 2015 but then had to stop in the November of that year when she was admitted to hospital.

After six months off, she returned to the full-time distance learning course in September 2016 while working in the Dumbarton store.

She now runs one clinic a week at Clydebank and one at Dumbarton.

Building good relationships
Elizabeth said: ‘The course was much more challenging than I thought it would be but it was so rewarding. A lot of people on the course had completed the audiology assistant course first and I was starting from scratch but that made me even more determined to succeed.

‘As an audiologist, many of the customers I work with are elderly ladies and gents. I love working with elderly people and hearing their stories.

‘It’s so important to provide older customers with continuity and to build a good relationship with them. I hope my work will encourage them to attend regular hearing check-ups.’

Very proud
Specsavers Dumbarton store director Robin Mitchell said: ‘Elizabeth has been very determined in her studies and in her work and she’s a core member of the team.

‘She should be very proud of what she has achieved.’

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