Familiar face . . . Jo Morrison, of Audiology South Balclutha. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Otago and Southland’s leading independent audiology provider opened its doors to the South Otago public at 56Clyde St, on March 28.

Senior audiologist and Audiology South owner Anthony Rowcroft said the team was delighted to have a local presence.

“We’re really excited to be opening in Balclutha.’’

He said Audiology South enjoyed a growing reputation across the South of New Zealand.

One of the key differences was its independence — meaning it supplied and fitted hearing devices from all leading manufacturers, and was not limited to the products of any particular supplier.

“That means the customer gets the best option for their hearing needs,’’ Anthony said.

Audiology South was also owned and operated by audiologists who were actively practising.

Anthony and colleague Simon Melville, of Arrowtown, are experienced audiologists who are active within the profession.

“It’s important we provide an environment that works well for our audiologists so that they can provide the very best hearing care possible for our customers,’’ Anthony said.

‘‘We have an outstanding team of experienced audiologists who know how to provide great solutions.

‘‘We just have to give them the tools to do it.’’

That meant providing top-quality rooms and facilities, the best equipment, the opportunity to attend conferences and continually develop their practice, and the freedom to provide the solutions they thought were best for their clients.

“We’re audiologists too, so we know what works best for everybody.’’

The new Balclutha clinic will be well served by audiologists Rachel Barker and Darren Stasso.

Rachel is a former primary school teacher who attained her master of audiology degree through the University of Canterbury.

She has a special interest in auditory processing disorders (APD).

Darren is a product of the Auckland University master of audiology programme, and has been working in the South for more than six years.

Darren is one of only a handful of audiologists in New Zealand working with the Lyric product — an invisible hearing aid that sits deep in the ear canal.

Customers would also be greeted by a familiar face at reception — Jo Morrison had joined Audiology South, Anthony said.

“Jo has a wealth of experience in helping South Otago people with their hearing needs, and we’re thrilled to have her fronting our new clinic.’’

To celebrate the opening of the new clinic, Audiology South in Balclutha is providing some amazing specials with free hearing tests, discounts on hearing aid batteries and accessories, and wax removal appointments for just $45.

To make an appointment with Rachel, Darren, or Helen call (03) 418-2608.

Or simply drop in to 56 Clyde St to discuss your hearing needs with Jo.