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I only have a mild hearing loss, why should I get hearing aids in Dunnellon, Florida?

This is a question asked almost weekly in our Dunnellon Gardner Audiology Clinic.. Unlike vision, which people typically treat as soon as it starts failing them, treating hearing loss gets pushed off — sometimes up to 12 years, with the average being around 7 years. We get it. You can’t do basic things like drive… [Read More]

Special Olympics: Helping Athletes Hear their Best in Inverness, Florida

Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with… [Read More]

Gardner Audiology Mentors Future Hearing Doctors

Gardner Audiology is a multi-clinic audiology practice with locations throughout Florida. Over the past several years they have partnered with six universities to take on Audiology Doctoral students in their final year of study. These students are required to have a year of supervised clinical experience in the fourth year of their doctoral programs called… [Read More]

Dunnellon Audiologist travels to Tallahassee in support of The Hearing Care for Children Act

Last January, my children and I went to the capitol in Tallahassee seeking support for The Hearing Care for Children Act.  The Act would require private insurances in the state of Florida to cover hearing aids for children 0-21, similar to bills in 24 other states as well subsidized insurances in all states.   Unfortunately, the… [Read More]

Dunnellon doctor tips for best communication with a Hearing Aid User

1. Do NOT talk from another room. Not being able to see the speaker drastically cuts down on the hearing impaired person’s ability to “understand” what is being said. Additionally, as volume decreases with distance, by the time the sound reaches the hearing impaired individual, it is likely that the sound is too soft for… [Read More]

Gardner Audiology Doctors screen hearing at 2018 Florida Healthy Athlete program in Orlando

This past weekend, I and one of our fourth-year Doctor of Audiology graduate students, Lauren Benoit, volunteered with Special Olympics Florida in Orlando, FLlorida.  Audiologists from around the state and many first- and second-year graduate students screened hearing for participating athletes as part of the Healthy Athlete program. The Healthy Athlete program started in 1997… [Read More]

Update to the Hearing Care for Children Act

Earlier this year, my children and I went to the capitol in Tallahassee seeking support for The Hearing Care for Children Act. The Act would require private insurances in the state of Florida to cover hearing aids for children 0-21, similar to bills in 24 other states and subsidized insurances in all states. Unfortunately, the… [Read More]

Gardner Audiologist, Dr. Angela Schenk supports Hearing Care for Children Act

We spent Wednesday, January 10, at the Capitol building in Tallahassee seeking support for Senate Bill 890 and recently introduced House Bill 1427, The Hearing Care for Children Act. My boys, Nick and Alex were with me and approximately 50 other Audiologists, Audiology students from USF, UF and FSU, and other families visited every senator… [Read More]

Medicare Advantage Plans offer token hearing aid benefits for Tampa Bay Consumers

While straight Medicare does not cover hearing aids, some Medicare Advantage Plans offer a benefit towards hearing aids. Each plan and each benefit is different and then other plans will have no benefit at all. Beware, sometimes this “benefit” is simply a discount and may not be the best value for you. Freedom and Optimum… [Read More]

Gardner Audiologist warns about untreated hearing loss in Citrus, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties

Untreated hearing loss is a growing epidemic and we at Gardner Audiology see the negative results of untreated hearing loss in Tampa Bay every day. When the National Institutes for Deaf and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that 1/3 of Americans between the ages of 65-74 and over ½ of the adults over age 75… [Read More]