As our exceptional practice administrator, Dr. Aaron Rossi, has already covered on this website, we are fortunate to have a two audiologists join our practice – Dr. Courtney Parmley and Dr. Capobianco. As you may imagine, I screened both through trusted colleagues as they finished their training and they passed with flying colors. Their enthusiasm is infectious and I strongly believe they will be a very strong assets to our already spectacular team.
As I have stated previously, pediatric otolaryngology is a particular passion. Hearing loss in children can lead to speech delays and problems with education. You can expect our practice to be aggressive about assessing hearing in our children. We care deeply for the children in our practice as do the devoted parents.
When it comes to adults, I myself have hearing loss in one ear due to a benign tumor on the left hearing nerve. As such, I can personally relate to our many patients with hearing loss. When it comes to hearing loss requiring hearing aids, I tell patients, “The trouble with hearing loss is that you don’t know what you are missing because you are missing it.”
My own mother, as well as my mother-in-law, have hearing aids. Fortunately, by law, patients are allowed to trial hearing aids for one to two months before purchasing them. Other than the fitting fee, this is a huge benefit. I also tell our patients that, “You need to be very careful where you get your hearing aids. If you go to a store to get clothes and you have an average body type, than likely you will be fine. But if you are taller or shorter, you need to adopt a more tailored approach. The same principle holds when selecting a hearing aid.”
This is also why one hears so often of grandparents or parents who purchase a hearing aid and then it winds up in a dresser drawer. I believe that you will find Dr. Parmley and Dr. Capobianco to be very warm, personable and effective.
To learn more about hearing and balance, please check out our partner, Central Illinois Hearing & Balance Center.