Audiology: No regrets for audiology move

Mike Hale speaks to Emma Walker, hearing care director and chair for audiology (Greater London Division) at Specsavers, about moving into hearing-related healthcare from an optical background

Mike Hale: What is your background in optics?

Emma Walker: I was completing my English degree when I took a weekend job as an optical assistant at my local Specsavers. It wasn’t an industry that I had any particular interest in having a career in prior to that point and the degree I was doing did not in any way push me down a science-based route. It was just simply that I needed a job and I happened to get one at an optical practice.


MH: What was your role and what did it consist of?

EW: I was an optical assistant, so I would greet patients, complete the relevant pre-screen tests for the optometrists, dispense glasses and complete collections. I also learned how to carry out contact lens teaches too.


MH: What were your plans at that point?

EW: Once I had completed my degree, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I went full-time at the store and was considering going on a course to become a dispensing optician. I had really enjoyed my time working in optics up to that point and thought that continuing my career with Specsavers would be a good thing to do.

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