Man who helped people with hearing aids after Nepal earthquake is now back home in Ruthin

Published date: 24 November 2016 |
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Iain Norquay, who runs the Hear Shop hearing aid centre in Ruthin 

A MAN who's been looking for a job to let him move back home for decades has finally got his wish.

Iain Norquay, who now runs the Hear Shop hearing aid centre in Castle Street, Ruthin, has been all over helping people with their hearing aids, from Kent down to the south coast of Spain.

His work has even taken him to Nepal, where he was helping people with hearing aids when the earthquake happened last year.

But he says despite his years abroad, North Wales is the best place to be.

Ian said: “I spent nearly 30 years trying to get a job back here, in the end I had to set this business up myself.

“I'm so glad to be back, it's lovely here, the hills are green. It's wonderful, I love it here.

“I spent two-and-a-half years in Spain but I didn't end up picking up much of the language as most of my customers were Dutch or German, but I'm already well on the way with Welsh.”

Iain initially qualified in 1992 and worked for private companies as well as the NHS before moving to Andalucia in Spain, where he lived for two-and-a-half years.

He then took a job working in Kent before finally making his way back to Ruthin.

He is set to go back to Nepal early next year.

“Hearing aid sales have given me a good living for 24 years, so I wanted to give something back,” Iain said.

“I worked for three weeks assessing hearing loss in children and adults and fitting old NHS and private aids given to the charity by NHS hospitals and private companies.

“Most of the problems they have over there relate to upper respiratory tract or throat infections, which stems from people living in houses with open fire places and no chimneys to take the smoke away. 

“Since the women do all the cooking, they have the worst problems. I fitted lots of aids and helped people hear better, but when I go back I want help educate people on chimneys or stoves, which'll fix the problem not just the symptoms.

“There are many cheap cooking stoves on the market and I want to get Earaid Nepal to help me promote this solution in conjunction with the national government."

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