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Hearing aids halt woman’s withdrawal.

When Allison Campbell was ten years old, she began having trouble hearing her teachers at school. In time, her grades plummeted as a result. Testing revealed a hearing loss that could only be corrected with hearing aids. Once Allison was fit for the appropriate hearing devices and moved to the front of the classroom, her grades steadily improved.

Photo courtesy of Allison Campbell.

Allison (2nd from left) enjoying time with her family

“My hearing loss is genetic,” Allison, now 50, reveals. “My grandmother is hearing impaired and so is my father. From the genetic testing, it appears it’s the oldest child in the family who suffers the hearing loss. My grandmother, my father and I are all the first-born children.

“I lost a child before I had my daughter. I believe that child is the one who would have had hearing loss in my family, because neither of my surviving kids suffers from any hearing loss, thank God.”

Allison’s hearing loss is sensorineural, meaning it is the result of nerve damage in both ears. The majority of people with hearing loss have sensorineural hearing loss, but sensorineural hearing loss is not medically treatable. It can, however, be corrected with hearing aids.

Allison’s hearing loss is also progressive, meaning it deteriorates further over time. As a result, she requires routine hearing aid upgrades and has thus worn many different hearing aids over the years. Earlier this year, she sensed the time had come to make yet another change.

“The hearing aids I had weren’t strong enough anymore,” Allison relates. “Hearing on the phone became a big problem for me, as was hearing people in groups. The volume on the TV was a problem with my family because I had it so loud, they wouldn’t watch TV with me. They couldn’t enjoy it. And my hearing loss made me withdraw from socializing.”

Originally from Boston, Mass-achusetts, Allison moved to Florida in 2004 to escape the winter weather and high cost of living, and to be closer to her hearing-impaired father. For years, she returned to Boston to upgrade her hearing aids, but this time, her father recommended she visit Trinity Hearing & Balance Center in New Port Richey instead.

Trinity Hearing & Balance Center is the practice of Kelly Hansen, AuD. Dr. Hansen and her colleague Nikki Goldowski-Richa, AuD, treat all types of hearing loss and hearing-related conditions. They also treat a host of balance disorders.

Trinity Hearing & Balance Center’s philosophy and dedication to patient care set them apart from other hearing centers.

“Trinity Hearing and Balance Center is proud to be an AudigyCertifiedpractice,” Dr. Hansen states. “We are one of only two hundred and fifty clinics in the nation to hold this certification.

“AudigyCertified professionals are among the country’s most experienced hearing care professionals, with its members possessing some of the industry’s highest credentials. Our expertise is measured by our commitment to patient satisfaction, continuing education and the expert application of current technologies.

“We work side by side with our patients to help find a solution to their hearing problems,” Dr. Hansen adds. “Many patients who have gone through our Patient for Life® program experience greater satisfaction with their hearing technology and a greater quality of life.”

Lifestyle Restoration

When Allison arrived at Trinity Hearing & Balance Center, she explained the issues she was having hearing phone conversations, the TV and individuals in social situations such as groups and crowds. That array of symptoms especially concerned Dr. Hansen because of its snowballing effects.

“When people with hearing loss are missing out because they’re not hearing family members and friends, they tend to withdraw,” she educates. “That can make them depressed, and they may give up doing the things they enjoy because they can’t hear. Fitting these people with hearing aids restores their lifestyle and, as a result, improves their quality of life.

“Allison admitted she was beginning to withdraw from social situations because of her hearing loss. Beyond testing her hearing, I also addressed her desired lifestyle and determined what she needed in a hearing aid to achieve her goals. Then, we agreed on a hearing aid model that would keep her hearing well and socially active.”

The hearing aids Dr. Hansen chose for Allison use the latest technology available. They are a rechargeable model that’s compatible with Allison’s iPhone®, which allows her to hear phone conversations directly through her hearing aids.

“The hearing aids have no batteries,” Allison says. “That’s a blessing because batteries are expensive, and you have to change them every week. And if you don’t have one on you for some reason, it’s a bummer. So with these hearing aids, I simply put them in the charger every night, and by morning, they’re completely charged.”

“The Mack Daddy”

The first thing Allison noticed with her new hearing aids from Trinity Hearing & Balance Center was that she could hear sounds much clearer and crisper than before. She also realized listening was no longer a strenuous chore.

“With my hearing loss, I was constantly straining to hear, and that was exhausting,” she explains. “But with my new hearing aids, I don’t feel that constant straining anymore. With my new hearing aids, I definitely hear better on the phone.

“My new hearing aids also have Bluetooth® connectivity, and that makes a huge difference. When I talk on the phone, even in the car, or watch TV, I hear directly through my hearing aids, so I don’t have to keep the TV volume so loud.

“And I hear better in crowds now. The hearing aids I got from Trinity Hearing and Balance Center are the mack daddy of hearing aids. I’ve had a lot of hearing aids over the course of the last forty years, and I absolutely recommend these.

“And I recommend Trinity Hearing and Balance Center a hundred times over. Hearing aids are a big investment, so when I went there, I wanted to be sure to get something that would work for me for more than a year.

“I also wanted something that would enable me to hear people in groups.

Dr. Hansen listened to me and completely understood my needs and got me exactly what I wanted and needed, and I couldn’t be happier.

“I just can’t tell you how impressed I am with Trinity Hearing and Balance Center. Dr. Hansen, Dr. Goldowski-Richa and the entire staff are amazing. They’re all very knowledgeable and helpful, and they made me feel very comfortable.

“As doctors of audiology, Dr. Hansen and Dr. Goldowski-Richa completely understand hearing loss and how the ear works. They recognize the needs of the hearing impaired and the importance of finding the proper hearing aid for each person.”

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