What could be more rewarding than helping those who have lost hearing regain the gift of sound? At Lambton Audiology Associates, they have the distinct pleasure of helping their clientele do exactly that. Whether you have suffered lifelong hearing loss or began losing your hearing later in life due to noise exposure or other conditions, Lambton Audiology Associates has the expertise, compassion and experience to guide you through the process.
Kimberly Eskritt didn’t always plan to be a Doctor of Audiology. Originally planning to follow through with an education in Physiotherapy, Kim stumbled upon Audiology quite by accident – and what a wonderful accident it turned out to be. She has now been in the business for over 20 years and the success of her business is no surprise. With a strong team of 11 staff to compliment her care and oversight, she serves clientele from a variety of demographics, ranging from children to the elderly. They are also able to offer support to those for whom hearing loss has been an occupational hazard. The long term effects of noise exposure aren’t always evident while there is clear and present danger. Many people do not understand the extent of their hearing loss until long after the risk has been removed. In addition to the time spent between offices in Sarnia and Petrolia, Ms. Eskritt also teaches students at Lambton College as part of the Communicative Disorders Assistant program.
Lambton Audiology Associates offers a variety of services in addition to testing, prescribing, and dispensing hearing devices. They also offer “Hearing Help” classes for those who are new to the technology and wish to optimize their experience, as well as expertise to people who live with Tinnitus, which affects many, but doesn’t need to be a source of suffering. Ms. Eskritt shares some of her philosophy on treating patients, which has made her such a success, “We believe you have to treat the whole person, with integrity and honesty”. As such, they are far more focused on rehabilitation than the sale of products. The most rewarding part of her job? “When someone comes in and says ‘thank you for improving my quality of life’, being able to help them help themselves. That’s the best part”.
Ms. Eskritt knew she planned to be in practice for a long time, and with the help of the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation, she was able to make that dream a reality, by securing the financing needed to purchase the facility and expand opportunities. As a young woman operating a business and facing a large real estate purchase, she found a supportive team at the SLBDC. “The process was definitely easier than dealing with the banks” she recalls. She offers some helpful advice for other entrepreneurs: “Be sure you have a good business plan. If you have a partner, have a partnership agreement. Have an exit strategy. Make sure you have protection in place in case you are suddenly unable to run the business”- a step that many entrepreneurs fail to follow through on and most people with employment benefits take for granted.
Never satisfied to sit back and become complacent, Lambton Audiology Associates has plenty of new projects on the horizon. They are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of life for their patients. If you or someone you know is living with hearing loss, there could not be a more hopeful time for patient outcomes, nor a more positive team of helpful experts.
To learn more about Lambton Audiology Associates, you can check out their website at www.lambtonaudiology.com, you can find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter (@LAudiologyA) or you can reach them by telephone at (519) 542-0569 in Sarnia and (226) 738-0401 in Petrolia.