Music To Her Ears

High-tech hearing aids can bring back sounds you’ve been missing.

Like a lot of teenagers in the 1960s, Marianne Donohue-Green didn’t always listen when her parents suggested she turn down the music a bit. By the time she was 30 years old, Marianne was wishing she’d heeded their advice.

Marianne Donohue-Green

“When I was in my 20s, I was clerking for a judge, and while I was in the courtroom arraigning people and asking them how they plead one day, I suddenly realized I couldn’t hear their answers,” remembers Marianne, 72.

“I was thinking, What in the world is wrong here? So, I went to an ear, nose and throat doctor who gave me a hearing test. He said you’ve got cochlear damage, probably from listening to music too loud. I said, You know what? I did that in college. You’re right.

Cochlear damage is injury to the inner ear. As with Marianne, it can result in permanent hearing loss. But that wasn’t the only audiology problem Marianne learned she had that day.

While examining Marianne, the doctor discovered she also had otosclerosis, an abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear. Marianne eventually had surgery to correct that problem, but the cochlear damage has forced her to wear hearing aids ever since.

A Massachusetts native who served 24 years as her community’s Register of Deeds, Marianne moved to Florida a few years ago. While making that move, she worried she’d never find an audiologist that she liked as much as the one back home.

In time, though, she found an audiologist she likes just as well, if not better, in Drianis Duran, AuD, of Gulf Coast Audiology in Fort Myers. It was Dr. Duran’s advice on a new set of hearing aids that made Marianne such a fan.

“When someone who is already wearing hearing aids comes to me, I challenge myself to find something for that person that allows them to notice a significant improvement in their hearing. That was my goal with Marianne,” Dr. Duran explains.

Dr. Duran met that goal by fitting Marianne with a pair of fully wireless Phonak Marvel hearing devices that allow the wearer to control sounds they hear in crowded environments and stream sounds from electronic devices directly through their hearing aids.

“These new hearing aids are just fabulous,” Marianne raves. “They have Bluetooth technology in them, so I can hear what’s playing on the TV or listen to a phone call directly through the hearing aids. And the clarity is absolutely incredible, the best I’ve ever had.

“And with my old hearing aids, I needed to carry around this little device that helped drown out all the background noise I would hear when I was in a restaurant or crowded place. But these hearing aids do that automatically. They’re just wonderful.

“And I feel the same way about Dr. Duran. I had an audiologist back in Massachusetts who is exceptional, and I was very concerned when I first moved here about finding someone comparable, someone who understands hearing loss that well.

“Dr. Duran is just as good. She has so much empathy and compassion and takes her time to explain everything to you. She’s fabulous, just fabulous.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb
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