This Sounds Super

Modern hearing aids come to rescue with clearer voices, less background noise.

William Yovic is a real-life superhero. His cape is a lab coat, and his superpower is saving lives by tooling around the Tampa Bay area in a tricked-out motor coach equipped to offer advanced 3D mammography.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

“Superhero” William received
the “best hearing aids” from Trinity Hearing & Balance Center.

A longtime member of the medical imaging field, in which he once focused on CT scanning and CT and MRI sales and service, William, 63, tapped into his superpowers five years ago, when he realized access to advanced 3D mammography was lacking in the region.

Since then, he has made improving access his new mission.

“We bought a coach, which is like a bloodmobile, then two, then three to offer three-dimensional mammography to more women in this area,” William relates. “Over a five-year period, we’ve scanned about 35,000 women and discovered more than 300 cancers, saving the lives of all those women.”

For far longer than William has worked to save women’s lives, he has had to manage a health challenge all his own.

“I was born with a hearing loss and have had problems with my hearing all my life,” the native Canadian shares. “My mother took a medication while she was pregnant with me and while she breastfed me. The medication took out her hearing and mine.

“She is functionally deaf, and I’ve worn hearing aids on and off for nearly 60 years. People like me usually have two problems. The first is hearing sounds. For me, sounds such as turn signals, the alarm clock, the microwave beeping, the washer cycle ending and the doorbell were difficult to hear.

“My second problem was voices. When I heard a voice, I couldn’t recognize what they were saying. Hearing aids only marginally helped me with those problems. With most hearing aids, you can hear the sounds but not necessarily understand them.”

Because of the problems with hearing aids, William got out of the habit of wearing them. During that time, his hearing deteriorated to where he began looking for a new provider.

“I didn’t want to go to one of the big chains,” William says. “I wanted to go to an independent center because independents are much more stable. I also wanted a doctor-owned practice, not a corporate practice where people come and go.”

Trinity Hearing & Balance Center in New Port Richey matched William’s criteria. The practice of Kelly Hansen, AuD and Nikki Goldowski-Richa, AuD, treats all types of hearing loss, balance disorders and hearing-related conditions.

“Trinity Hearing and Balance Center is proud to be an AudigyCertified practice,” Dr. Hansen comments. “We are one of only 250 clinics in the nation to hold this certification.

“AudigyCertified professionals are among the country’s most experienced hearing care professionals, with 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 find a solution to their hearing problems,” Dr. Hansen continues. “Many patients who have gone through our Patient for Life® program experience greater satisfaction with their hearing technology and a greater quality of life.”

Ample Environments

“William came to us in April and was not hearing well at that time,” Dr. Goldowski-Richa reports. “He told me he has tried several sets of hearing aids during his lifetime but has not liked any of them.

“He said the hearing aids made sounds louder for him but did not make them clearer. For example, he said he could hear speech better with his hearing aids, but he could not understand it any better.”

During the initial visit, Dr. Goldowski-Richa tested William’s hearing and learned he has mild difficulty hearing lower frequencies and profound difficulty hearing higher frequencies. She also discovered that he lives an active lifestyle and must be able to hear in many environments.

“Many of those environments have significant background noise,” the doctor notes. “One of William’s main complaints about the hearing aids he tried elsewhere was that background noise always made it difficult for him to hear.

“Our goal with William was to find hearing aids that perform well when there is considerable background noise. I also wanted to show him that hearing aid technology has come a long way, and with the new models, people can not only hear louder, but also clearer.

“We recommended a receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid that has multiple microphones and a good noise-reduction circuit. The hearing aid we chose is a tiny device worn on top of the ear with a small device inside the ear. It is on the leading edge of nearly invisible technology. It also has a computer chip that can handle all of the different environments William experiences.”

“The Best Hearing Aids”

The hearing aids Dr. Goldowski-Richa recommended are offered in three progressively more advanced versions, with additional features available at each level. William didn’t think twice about his choice.

“My hearing is extremely important to me, so I bought the highest level,” he relates. “I also wanted all of the features. The hearing aids are Bluetooth-enabled, and they have helped me with both of my problems: hearing sound and clearly understanding conversations.

“As soon as I put these new hearing aids in my ears, I could immediately hear the refrigerator compressor running and the fan blowing through the vent. I knew right away these hearing aids were exactly what I needed. They are the best hearing aids I’ve ever had.

“I’ve been back to Trinity Hearing & Balance Center with concerns such as too much wax on the receiver and other adjustments, and they provide amazing service. The staff is professional and does a tremendous job. They changed my life.

“Dr. Hansen and Dr. Goldowski-Richa are very well-informed audiologists. I made the right choice choosing them, and I highly recommend Trinity Hearing & Balance Center. It’s a friendly, on-time, unrushed, well-run operation.”

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