Meet The People Behind A Better Ear
We pride ourselves on creating outcomes that thoroughly satisfy our patients.
We achieve this through genuine hard work and attention to detail, in a supportive comforting environment.
Penelope Woods – MAudSt, MAudA (CCP), BMus
I started my own clinic to improve the lives of people suffering from hearing loss.
Being experienced, I know that the best hearing aids are the ones that you’ll actually use. That doesn’t happen if the clinician is pushy or focused on selling.
I take the time to get to know you, your aims and your personal hearing circumstances before doing anything else. As a result, I have great relationships with my patients and I excel at providing them with hearing aids that are easy to use, are as comfortable as possible and are adjusted to perfection.
I hold a Masters degree in Audiology from the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and I maintain my professional certification through more than 80 hours of professional development each year (in fact, I often exceed that simply because I love it!).
When you see me, you can have confidence you’re being treated by an owner-operator who takes her responsibility as a hearing rehabilitation specialist seriously.
Amanda Ariotti – BBiomedSc, MAudSt, AAudA.
Clinical Rehabilitation Audiologist
My passion for audiology stems from my personal experience with my grandfather. He was a medical professional and a pillar of his community, who unfortunately became profoundly deaf later in life. Seeing the challenges and barriers his hearing loss created in communicating with loved ones, including myself, inspired me to pursue a career in this field. I deeply understand the impact of hearing loss on both individuals and their families.
I consider it a great honour and privilege to help my patients maintain connection with family, friends, and the things they love to do. Holding a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Masters of Audiology Studies from the University of Queensland, my educational background has reinforced the importance of an evidence-based and patient-centred approach to audiology.
This philosophy is championed by the team at A Better Ear, and I’m fortunate to have all the resources I need to really get to know my patients and provide tailored solutions. After all, no two people (or their hearing needs) are the same!
Clinical Services Officer
With a rich 13-year career, I’ve become an expert at supporting patients on their hearing journey. I find joy in tasks like adjusting hearing aids and reshaping custom ear moulds, a skill I once shared with Penelope during her internship.
I cherish being part of a practice that prioritises patient voices. I take pride in transforming a patient’s problem into a perfect solution, returning a hearing aid that performs flawlessly.
Neil Diamond’s “Beautiful Noise” holds special meaning to me; it echoes the joyous sounds of my childhood street and the laughter of my grandchildren. These beautiful noises remind me of my purpose: helping patients rediscover life’s sounds. In our clinic, you’ll find a dedicated professional ready to guide you back to hearing.
Stephanie Graham – BBeh Sc. MAud St, AAud A.
Senior Audiologist (currently on maternity leave)
I love fostering genuine bonds with patients, guiding them on their hearing journey, and sharing in their joy when their hearing improves. Working at A Better Ear aligns with my commitment to ethical, patient-focused care, a philosophy developed with Penelope from our days of studying our Masters of Audiology at the University of Queensland.
I find great satisfaction in performing real ear measurements (REMs), fine-tuning hearing aids to each person’s unique needs. It’s a pleasure to demystify the science of audiology, showing patients how these adjustments make a difference to their hearing in real world situations.
Outside work, I enjoy reading, attending gigs, painting, doing circus aerials, and playing frisbee. But when I’m at work, my focus is on improving patients’ quality of life – why else would you practice Audiology?
My job is to meet and greet each patient when they come to the clinic. I take pride in making each of our unique patients feel comfortable and at home.
I also take care of all business matters, allowing Penelope’s vision to be fully realised and consistently delivered. This includes giving Penelope and her patients the time and space to create great outcomes.
I have a background in business management and marketing. Choosing to partner with Penelope in her important clinical work is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Our mission in hearing care
Our sole purpose at A Better Ear is to provide patient-centred care that delivers rehabilitation services that exceed expectations and change lives for the better.
Everyone has unique Audiological and hearing needs. As a healthcare provider, Penelope takes the time to thoroughly consult and treat according to the gold standard of clinical practice, as defined by Audiology Australia and evidence-based theory.
Can Hearing Loss cause fatigue?
“I thought it might take me a month or so to get used to my aids, but I find that once they’re in I can easily forget I’m wearing them and a further bonus is that unless I mention it, no one notices I’m wearing them.” – Noela, Belmont, QLD 4153