BSpThy, MAudSA(CCP), FACAud
Nolene Nielson is a highly qualified and experienced Audiologist. She has over three decades of clinical experience in many aspects of Audiology, but specialises in the area of hearing rehabilitation for those with hearing loss, tinnitus and sound tolerance issues.
Over the years Nolene Nielson has given new life to thousands of clients through her work.
She trained with the National Acoustics Laboratories and then became the first Audiologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital, a large adult only hospital based in Brisbane, Australia. Here she set up the Hearing Aid Loan Bank which assists disadvantaged people who require hearing aids. Her experience here led to her becoming one of the first audiologists in private practice in Queensland in the late 1980s.
Hearing Care Professions was created and audiology services were provided not just to Brisbane, but Bundaberg, Maryborough, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Gold Coast. Over the next two decades Nolene and her staff provided comprehensive audiological services and devices to these communities.
To improve the level of hearing care to Brisbane, Hearing Care Professionals joined forces with Dr Will Tonisson, who was known internationally for his work in hearing aid fitting techniques to form Hearing Solutions which quickly became one of the leading private audiology practices in Australia due to the depth of experience and experience of Will and Nolene.
Nolenes’ audiology expertise in the area of noise, medico legal assessment and the rehabilitation of complex auditory conditions led her to develop her more specialist skills in tinnitus and sound tolerance.
Nolene was viewed as the audiologist who helped clients live the best life they could with hearing loss. She was able to find solutions where others had given up or told the client to go live with it. Her reputation meant that clients came to consult her not just from all over Australia but the world. Her clients are to be found in Western Australia, King Island and even Venice, Italy.
Nolene has been president of the Australian Association for Audiologist in Private Practice and was given the honour of becoming a Fellow of Australian College of Audiology for involvement in the profession of Audiology.
In 2009, due to long term illness of both Will Tonisson and Nolene’s husband, Hearing Solutions was sold to Connect Hearing to allow Nolene time to be with her husband. After his death 5 months later, Nolene continued to work for Connect Hearing as a consultant audiologist. In late 2012, Nolene took a much needed break to regroup wanting to rediscover her passion for audiology and life.
Throughout 2013, Nolene found herself traveling to the 1st Hyperacusis conference in London, doing counselling courses, researching new rehabilitation strategies for hearing loss, attending the American Academy of Audiology in the USA, the ACAud conference and most importantly an amazing conference by AAAPP on Hearing Loss and Cognition in Sydney.
Nolene came back to Audiology with a clear vision for driving change in the hearing industry.
She is concerned about how the focus of the hearing care industry is now on giving a free hearing check, which leads to the sale of a hearing device.
Nolene knows this is not the only way to deal with hearing loss and that many people avoid taking care of their hearing because they assume a hearing aid is the only solution.
Nolene has a hearing loss herself and looked at what she wanted in hearing and health services herself and made a decision to create a client centred audiology practice.
It is important to Nolene that her clients can take control of the way they are ageing through understanding hearing loss. It is now her mission to ensure that her audiology services are about helping her clients live well with hearing loss.