Name: Miranda Whiffen
Location: Hearing Instrument Specialist at Hear for life, St. Catharines, ON
“My ability to use the latest advancements in hearing aid technology to improve the quality of a person’s life is what I find most rewarding. I enjoy seeing the reaction on a person’s face when they realize that they are hearing sounds that they were unable to hear before they came in.”
As a huge animal lover, Miranda Whiffen would do anything for an animal in need. She recently adopted a 17-year-old cat who was abandoned along with two other rescue cats and two other dogs, (one of whom is also a rescue.)
The compassionate nature that Miranda exhibits in her spare time spills over into her career as well. As a Hearing Instrument Specialist, Miranda helps to rescue many Canadians from the disadvantages of hearing loss.
“My ability to use the latest advancements in hearing aid technology to improve the quality of a person’s life is what I find most rewarding,” says Miranda. “I enjoy seeing the reaction on my clients’ faces when they realize that they are hearing sounds that they were unable to hear before they came in.”
Miranda graduated with honours from the Hearing Instrument Specialist program at George Brown College in 2007. Before graduating, Miranda was offered an opportunity to work in St. Catharines at Hear for Life and has been working there for 11 years. In 2016, she received her board certification from the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).
But where did it all start? Well, upon sitting in on a lecture about hearing loss when she was a child, Miranda was inspired to pursue a career in hearing healthcare.
“As a child, my aunt worked for a hearing aid manufacturer and on occasion, she would take me into work with her,” says Miranda. “On one opportunity, I had the chance to sit in on a lecture about hearing loss and amplification and at that moment it became clear to me that I wanted to work in the hearing health field.”
As a Hearing Instrument Specialist at Hear for Life, Miranda is also a part of the National Campaign for Better Hearing which awards hearing aids to those who need them, but can’t afford them. This campaign has provided rewarding experiences, not only for the recipients but the hearing professionals who nominate them as well.
“The Campaign for Better Hearing is a wonderful resource that brings hearing health awareness to the world,” Miranda explains. “It educates people about how important it is to have a baseline hearing test and it provides the gift of amplification to those who otherwise would not be able to hear. My clinic was very fortunate to be able to nominate a very deserving man in our community who was in need and gratefully received new hearing aids. Now that I am able to utilize the Campaign for Better Hearing, I’m inspired by the awareness that it has created.”