A member of staff at Specsavers Allerton is celebrating after passing her qualifications to become a hearcare assistant at the store.
A stepping stone for Steff
Steff Fearns, 22, who has worked at Specsavers in Allerton since 2012, will use this recognised qualification as a stepping stone to go on to study an audiology degree to become a qualified audiologist.
While continuing her full-time role in the store as an optical assistant, Steff took a distance learning course, going to Manchester once a quarter over the course of a year to gain the qualification for 2-3 day study blocks at a time.
Following her dream
Steff says: ‘I really enjoyed my course and I’m so happy to have qualified now. I’m already in the process of applying to do my audiology degree and can’t wait to get stuck into that.
‘It would be a dream to become a fully-fledged audiologist and eventually run an entire hearing department at Specsavers!’
Allerton store director, Zoe Morris, says: ‘Steff has done fantastically well to balance her studying with work and we’re all extremely proud of her. She can now do basic repair appointments and service work, which is such a boost for our customers who would otherwise have to wait for an audiologist appointment.’
‘Steff is an asset to our team, and a really good go-to person for advice with hearcare enquiries. Shes very knowledgeable on hearing losses and can explain things clearly to customers thanks to the time and effort she has put into her learning.
Steff says: ‘Many people don’t realise how important hearing tests are but as hearing loss can occur gradually it’s important to have a regular check up in the same way as you would have your eyes tested.
It is recommended that people under the age of 40 have their hearing tested every two years whilst those over 40 should be tested every year.
Specsavers in Allerton offers hearing tests 5 days a week.