by Tobi Loftus
MARK Paton did not think he would still be visiting Kingaroy with his hearing business 30 years after his first visit.
"It makes me feel very proud,” Mr Paton said.
"We started visiting in May 1987 from Toowoomba, as Hearing Aid Specialists, then it became Mark Paton and Associates, then the iHear group.
"To have this presence in Kingaroy is really good for the South Burnett.”
Mr Paton, who is now the Queensland manager of the iHear group, was in Kingaroy on Friday to celebrate the one year anniversary of iHear Kingaroy's new building.
"We call this building the diamond in our crown,” he said.
"In terms of functionality it's an amazing centre for hearing rehabilitation and diagnostic facilities.
"The fact we have local staff, they put a lot of effort in making this place a success. It's a very successful clinic and will continue to grow. People don't have to travel to get services, they can get them done locally.”
iHear Kingaroy audiologist Jacinda Gibson said the new building was a vast improvement on where they were previously based.
"Especially the access for clients, the easy parking and no ramps or stairs,” she said.
"For people in wheelchairs, they appreciate the easier access for it.
"The facilities inside give us a lot more capability for what we can offer people.”
Ms Gibson said the business offered a number of services.
"We do hearing tests from five years to adults, we do hearing aids through the Australian Government's Hearing Services program and for private clients.
"We do free screens for people who just want to see how their hearing is going.”