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The Hearing Care Partnership

Here at Christopher Young Opticians we are working in collaboration with The Hearing Care Partnership to offer a comprehensive range of hearing care services from our practice in Shepton Mallet.

Services which include FREE hearing tests, tinnitus consultations, hearing protection and ear wax removal will be delivered by our fully qualified audiologist. Alongside this, The Hearing Care Partnership supply the latest in hearing care technology for you to discover.

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Free Hearing Tests

Whether you would like a want a short hearing health check to gauge your hearing health or a fully comprehensive evaluation of your hearing, these consultations are completely free of charge with The Hearing Care Partnership. Our audiologist will carry out a thorough investigation of your hearing, whilst tailoring the appointment to meet your individual needs. If required, they will also be able to recommend further steps or a selection of hearing aid options.

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Hearing Aids

If you find yourself experiencing some form of hearing loss, it is possible that you may be in need of hearing aids. Whilst this may seem daunting, our audiologist will be able to offer advice on the variety of options available to you, and assist you in deciding which device best suits you. Free trials of our devices are also available to you should you be unsure of which hearing aid you’re after.

When you purchase a hearing aid with us you will also be entitled to unlimited aftercare, free follow-up appointments, device servicing every six months and complementary ear wax removal.

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Ear Wax Removal

Our audiologist is trained in using the latest and safest techniques to remove excess ear wax. Dependent on the level of wax build up and any existing health conditions, they will use one of three methods best suited to your needs to remove the wax. Your comfort is our number one priority, so throughout the whole process the audiologist will thoroughly explain everything and be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Tinnitus Consultations

Whilst there is no cure for tinnitus, there are methods of managing it. With The Hearing Care Partnership, we can offer free tinnitus consultations where our expert audiologist can talk you through the various therapies and options available to help you better manage your symptoms.

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Hearing Protection

We know how important it is to protect our hearing, and in doing so you could help prevent the development of hearing loss. The Hearing Care Partnership is focused on providing protection to suit your every need, from general use ear plugs to specialist products for musicians and sportsmen.

You can find more information on all our hearing services here

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Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Optometrist

Chris qualified as an optometrist virtually before time began. He has worked in the practice since it opened in 1986 and now specialises in Vision Therapy. In his spare time he is a member of the local Masonic Lodge and enjoys sailing, watching rugby and cricket as well as sampling Single Malts and red wine.

Rebecca Ryder

Rebecca Ryder

Optometrist

After finishing a degree in Biology at Southampton University Rebecca went on to study Optometry at Cardiff University and completed her pre-registration at Williams & Parry Opticians in heart of the Welsh valleys.

Rebecca still keeps a strong affiliation with Cardiff University and has returned as a part-time clinical supervisor and also as an organiser/participant in the ‘Returning Vision Moldova Project’. This non-profit University associated project involves visiting remote and impoverished communities in Moldova and providing eye exams and glasses to those in need.

Always keen to expand her knowledge Rebecca has consistently completed extra accreditation in optometry since graduating; most recently the post-graduate certificate in Independent Prescribing for Optometrists.

After meeting a particularly charming West-Country man 6 years ago Rebecca migrated across the Severn bridge and has resided very happily in the Mendip area ever since. Of course being Welsh she is an avid Rugby fan and during any international match she is easily recognisable at her local pub for sporting the only red shirt in the house!

Juliet Thompson

Juliet Thompson

Manager & Eyewear Advisor

Juliet joined us from Uniq Foods in July 2012 after many years in the food industry as Desserts Production Manager, responsible for all areas of producing luxury desserts for M&S etc.  She enjoys walking, keeping fit and live music.

Tracy Hoskins

Tracy Hoskins

Assistant Manager & Eyewear Advisor

Tracy worked for Tesco on the customer service desk for many years before joining us in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys walking and travel, particularly to the USA.

Sam Gay

Sam Gay

Eyewear Advisor

Sam has extensive experience in the optical industry, having worked for Dolland and Aitchison and then Boots Opticians in Yeovil. She enjoys walking.

Stephanie Cole

Stephanie Cole

Optical Assistant

Stephanie works on the front desk in the practice. She is responsible for meeting and greeting our clients, answering the phone and performing administrative duties. She job shares with Tanis. With many years in the hospitality trade she has always been used to ‘front of house’ duties and when not working she can be found head to toe in running gear either pounding the tarmac or off road trail running

Tanis Oliver

Tanis Oliver

Optical Assistant

Tanis also works on the front desk in the practice. She is responsible for meeting and greeting our clients, answering the phone and performing administrative duties. She job shares with Steph. Tanis moved to Somerset with her family 4 years ago. She has extensive experience in customer service and enjoys running and walking.

Nikisha Oladipupo

Nikisha Oladipupo

Audiologist and Hearing Aid Consultant

Nikisha has been a fully qualified audiologist for more than seven years, having graduated from the University of Bristol in Summer 2012. After gaining her degree, she worked as part of a fantastic NHS team in Bath for two years, which greatly developed her clinical expertise.

Following her time in the NHS, Nikisha wanted to broaden her knowledge further, and so five years ago moved into the private sector, where she has been able to continue to build her extensive skillset.

“I decided to venture out and join the team at The Hearing Care Partnership because they are renowned for delivering great customer service and great technology to their clients, which is something I wanted to be part of. In addition, working alongside optical practice teams was an intriguing proposition, and a whole new experience for me.

“When I’m not at work, I love to spend time with my daughter. I also really enjoy a good mystery or crime book – Harlan Coben is one of my favourite authors!”