I have been an audiologist for almost thirty years, and I cannot believe how time flies! I can counsel and educate people about hearing loss from the professional side of my desk, but I also know what it is like from the other side. My husband lost his hearing entirely in his right ear following surgery several years ago. On top of that, his hearing is not perfect in his “good ear” either. This makes for some interesting conversations where he misunderstands what I have said to him. He says he really appreciates that I do not lose my temper when he doesn’t hear me because I understand what hearing loss does to a person. This does not mean I don’t get frustrated, or we don’t miscommunicate sometimes, but I do try to pause and consider that he isn’t ignoring me or not listening — he just can’t hear me very well.
I started in audiology because it was interesting, challenging, and I could have an immediate and positive impact on a person’s life. Our profession has changed so much over my career. We find ourselves constantly learning new things and always taking new classes to keep up with the newest technology. The sound quality and noise control we have is amazing compared to the old days, but in the end, it still comes down patience, understanding, and taking our time to really listen and communicate clearly with our loved ones.
I love working with my patients and they have often become like family to me. We work together in our office to treat each person as a sacred individual and help them each meet their personal needs for their own lifestyle. I know how hearing problems can poorly impact a relationship, and how hearing better makes life easier, for everyone.
- Bachelor of Science, UWSP
- Master of Science, UWSP
- Doctor of Audiology, Arizona School of Health Sciences
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- American Academy of Audiology
- Wisconsin Speech-Language- Hearing Association