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Four South Korean hearing care professionals came for three days to experience Kiwi audiology

Last July, Audiology South was one of two practices at a global audiology forum to present on their businesses, and Simon Melville’s address caught the attention of the Korean delegates. In November they came Down Under to learn about Kiwi audiology practices.

“We hosted three audiologists and a practice manager, and showed them around operations at the Queenstown, Invercargill and Dunedin clinics. Their audiology practice, HHk Hearing Care Centre, is similar to Audiology South. It was an excellent opportunity for them to learn about audiology in New Zealand, for us to learn about their clinic, and to compare consumer trends in our countries.

“We discovered many similarities. New Zealand’s technology is on a par with Korea (the home of electronics), but the Koreans were impressed with our accessible and generous funding schemes which contrasted with the difficulties they experience to access subsidies,” Simon says.