Dr Simon Davis Bupa HearingWe had a chat to Simon Davis to find out more about what makes him tick and his experiences in helping Australians find happiness through better hearing.

Simon Davis has over 25 years’ experience and has worked in most areas of audiology. He began his career in paediatrics in community health and public hospitals (including the Royal Chlidren's Hospital, Melbourne). Prior to commencing at Bupa Hearing, Simon managed a highly successful audiology practice in Melbourne for 15 years, where he saw clients with a range of ear and hearing issues and requiring a range of rehabilitation solutions.

You can make an appointment with Simon at Bupa Hearing in:

  • Melbourne CBD (Bourke St)
  • Werribee

Hi Simon. How long have you been a practicing audiologist?

I have been an Audiologist for 25 years, graduating from The School of Audiology at Melbourne University in 1991 with a Post Graduate Diploma.

Please tell us about your experiences in practicing over that time.

I have been practising in Melbourne for over 20 years, working from Werribee and Williamstown in the west, through to Box Hill in the east!

My first job was at the Shepherd Centre in Sydney where I worked with children and babies who were profoundly deaf. Many had cochlear implants. They were all amazing. I also worked in Sydney as an industrial audiologist. That was a tough job, towing a caravan (with a sound-proof booth inside) all around the state. I had some hairy experiences such as breaking down on the Mooney Mooney bridge to Newcastle and jack-knifing on the edge of a quarry road at the top of an open cut mine!!!

Back in Melbourne, I ran a very successful audiology business where I practiced for 10 years in Williamstown and 15 years in East Melbourne.

What brings you the most joy from your work?

Undoubtedly, improving the quality of people’s lives. We are social beings so the ability to communicate easily with family, friends and colleagues is key to enjoying life and feeling valued.

How does it feel to watch someone hear better for the first time in a long time?

It is very rewarding. I feel fortunate to work in a profession where the measure of success is largely measured by how much you can help people. The majority of clients I see, genuinely get terrific outcomes from addressing their hearing issues and they are always so grateful.

The average hearing patient takes a long time to address their hearing loss. Why do you think that is and what advice would you give prospective patients about taking action sooner?

Hearing loss in the early stages is not as apparent as visual impairment for example. In the early stages people frequently complain about being tired or having to concentrate very hard when listening rather than just not being able to hear. So it is easy to blame other factors, or simply not recognise that hearing loss is the root cause.

Also, until quite recently, getting a hearing aid was not as palatable because the devices used to be much larger and they stood out. However, they are so much smaller and more discreet now, so we see a lot of patients who are pleasantly surprised with how hard today’s hearing aids are for others to see.

What is the biggest change in hearing that you have noticed in your years of practicing?

The improvement in technology – particularly the advent of ‘receiver in the ear’ hearing aids and Bluetooth compatibility. These advances have made hearing aids far more appealing to the broader population with their aesthetics, high fidelity sound and noise reduction.

What problems can people experience by not addressing hearing loss in the early stages?

Hearing loss can be socially isolating. Many of my patients talk about ‘feeling left out’ and also about how keeping up with conversation is just hard work when you have hearing loss. The earlier you address this situation then the sooner you can improve your ability to communicate and your resultant quality of life.

What made you become interested in helping other people to improve their hearing?

I finished an Arts Degree and was a little uncertain what to do as a career. Then I ran into a friend from school, who is a terrific audiologist in Warrnambool, and when chatting with him it seemed like a very rewarding profession.

At the Audiology Australia biennial conference last year, I met up with many Audiologists from my year and we celebrated the 25 year anniversary of our graduation. It was wonderful to see so many of us still practising and I think it says something about how great a profession audiology is.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am a mad keen runner. I ran a marathon in 2 hours and 28 seconds when I was younger, but am just happy to jog around now and keep fit enough to continue to enjoy life to the full. I also play classical guitar - but not all that well!

My wife is from Laos and immigrated here a young child. She works as a child psychologist on the western side of Melbourne. We have an 8 year-old daughter who also loves playing music and a crazy-busy but lovely 6 year old boy. They help me to keep life in perspective.

You have spent much of your career helping patients in the western suburbs. What is it about the west that you love?

The people are very down to earth and also very loyal to their region. They are, like most Australians these days, also very well informed and well researched.

I worked in Williamstown for over 10 years and I really enjoyed it - it has a village feel to it. Werribee where I work now is a really bustling and growing area.

You can make an appointment with Simon at our locations in

  • Melbourne CBD (Bourke St)
  • Werribee