Terence Miranda didn’t see it at first, but heard from a colleague of his brother’s that he might have the right touch for a career switch into audiology and finally came to his senses.
That was quite a few years ago now and Miranda, 47, is glad he abandoned his initial job path as an engineer.
“I missed the personal interaction,” he said.
Audiology has been more in keeping with his hands-on personal approach to utilizing his expertise.
“It’s a great mix of helping people, working with people. Everybody has ears. It’s relatable to everybody. I love my job and helping people with their hearing is my passion.”
After deciding to make the change, Miranda received his Master of Science degree in Audiology at UBC and then earned a Doctorate in Audiology through PCO School of Audiology – now Salus University – in Pennsylvania.
Ontario-born Miranda worked his first six years in pediatrics in Victoria and Nanaimo for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
“I did everything in pediatrics I could do,” he pointed out.
Miranda realized he wanted to start his own practice. His brother was an optometrist with his own private practice and the chance to develop a partnership was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
That led to the creation of Resonance Hearing Clinic in 2009 in Cobble Hill and subsequent expansion into other locations in Chemainus and Lake Cowichan. The Chemainus location has been operating for about seven years in conjunction with Cowichan Eyecare.
“My doctoral training in audiology and 20 years of clinical experience allows me to provide the highest level of hearing health care,” pointed out Miranda. “Healthy ears and healthy eyes are both important to our overall health and quality of life.”
It’s already been 10 years in the business for Resonance and Miranda is looking forward to continuing service approaching that landmark and beyond at the other outlets very soon. Resonance has also sprung up recently in Sidney.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Miranda. “We’ve been well-supported by people in the Valley. It’s a great place to live and work.”
The partnership has worked out great and “we’re able to provide a more efficient and convenient service,” Miranda enthused.
There are four staff members in Chemainus, shared between optometry and audiology.
“It’s been a great reception from the community,” Miranda indicated. “Our patients are very happy.”
He enjoyed the time spent in pediatrics, but “I love working with adults because they can tell me what they like and don’t like,” he said.
Going into business for himself has also proven to be just what the doctor ordered. “It’s nice to be able to do things the way I think they should be done,” he conceded.
It’s fitting that the average time it takes an adult to realize they are experiencing hearing loss before getting any assistance is considered seven years. That’s almost the same amount of time it took for Miranda to discover his true passion as an audiologist.