Honiton Hearing Centre moves to new premises

PUBLISHED: 08:16 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 15 June 2010

A BUSINESS that started from the boot of a car has moved into a prime site retail unit.

A BUSINESS that started from the boot of a car has moved into a prime site retail unit.Independent hearing aid audiologist Colin Eaton has relocated his business, Honiton Hearing Centre, to premises formerly occupied by estate agent Pennys, in New Street.The move, from an alleyway at the side of A Dimond & Co, in High Street, signifies the progress made by Mr Eaton and underlines his ethos of running a "centre of excellence"."I started my business from the boot of a car in 1999, visiting people in their homes," he said."Eventually, I realised I was so busy that I was spending all my time on the road."On Boxing Day, in 2003, my wife and I sat down and plotted on a map where all my customers were."We decided the clear place to be would be in Honiton."By chance, retired businessman and former Mayor of Honiton Arthur Dimond was one of Mr Eaton's clients."I happened to mention it to him and the next thing I was moving into premises at the side of his family business," said Mr Eaton.Honiton Hearing Centre was established four years ago and Mr Eaton, a Fellow of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, has taken pride in investing in cutting-edge technology."I've always wanted a shop front, because the business is a centre of excellence," he said."Honiton Hearing Centre was the first in the area to offer many hi-tech services, and I have invested in cutting-edge equipment."The people of Honiton have been absolutely brilliant and when the opportunity arose to relocate to a prime site we took it."Mr Eaton's wife, Samantha, a member of the Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators, has joined him in the business and will be concentrating on administration.Honiton Hearing Centre provides three main services -hearing tests, hearing aids and hearing protection.It provides specialist earplugs for staff at Fabric nightclub in London.The Herald asked Mr Eaton what the single biggest cause of hearing loss is. "Getting older, sometimes coupled with exposure to loud noise in industry," he replied.For teenage readers, who may think this story has nothing to offer them, the Herald asked: Is it true that listening to loud music can damage hearing?"That's my pension!" Mr Eaton replied.He said hearing could be impaired even in young people. "If you can identify a song being played by someone through headphones, they are damaging their hearing," he said.So, even young people may need hearing tests!When asked why his business has been such a success, Mr Eaton says he provides a service that is considered more discreet, more personal and with more technology than the NHS.Honiton Hearing Centre moved out of its former premises last weekend and re-opened in New Street on Monday.Watch this space for details of future open days.n A Dimond & Co, which is closing its High Street shop on Friday, September 5, to concentrate on the supply of stationery, along with sales of photo frames and a photocopying service, will re-open on Monday, September 8, in premises formerly occupied by Honiton Hearing Centre at the side of the shop.

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