Amy Barling has received a little bit of help to further her education and skills, and finish her study to become an audiometry nurse.
The Narromine Hear our Hearts Ear Bus nurse has received sponsorship from Hearing Loop Australia to funding her training.
"Ian Riddle from Hearing Loop Australia is sponsoring me to study audiometry nursing at the Australian College of Nursing- which consists of two courses, one of which I have finished and the other has been put on hold temporarily due to COVID-19," Mrs Barling said.
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Mrs Barling said she was inspired to study as an audiometry nurse because of her experience with her daughter Matilda, being deaf and has been volunteering for Hear our Hearts at Narromine Public School for two-years.
Audiometry Nurses are very scarce so this is going to be a sought after skill in our rural communitiesDonna Rees
"Hearing Loop Australia is involved in providing the technology to children in schools," she said.
Mr Riddle said their decision to sponsor Mrs Barling was in support of Hear our Hearts Ear Bus Dubbo who reached out to Hearing Loop Australia regarding Mrs Barlings situation and desire to study.
"Considering the ongoing drought, and everything else that's been happening, we thought it would be a good opportunity," he said.
Hear our Hearts co-founder Donna Rees said if Mrs Barling didn't receive this sponsorship her training would have been put on hold for years.
"Amy is married to a farmer and with the drought and how hard it was impacting our farmers, the cost of the training was a barrier," Mrs Rees said.
"That's where the Hear our Heart Ear Bus stepped in. Amy volunteers for us so we were very happy to help as Amy wants to continue helping us when she is qualified.
"Audiometry Nurses are very scarce so this is going to be a sought after skill in our rural communities.
"There are many benefits of having another qualified person, who can work the audiology equipment on the bus. We work with two-year-olds through to high-school-leavers, and there's quite a number of children out in the Narromine region that have been accessing the bus."
Mrs Rees said good hearing is imperative for a child's development from six-weeks-old to seven-years-old as this is the age range a child's brain really develops.