Are you struggling to connect?

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Do you struggle to understand and often ask people to repeat themselves? It’s possible you’ve adjusted to your poor hearing.

By Mary Malik

Do you struggle to understand and often ask people to repeat themselves? It’s possible you’ve adjusted to your poor hearing. A doctor of audiology is trained to be a partner in your overall health to ensure you the best quality of hearing and of life.

At Sounds of Life Hearing, audiologists Dr. Sarah Curtis and Dr. Cara Donovan explore the bigger picture of your overall health and make the important connections necessary to treat hearing loss properly. An audiologist spends years training and completing coursework on hearing aids, cochlear implants, diagnostic testing on all ages, electrophysiology, medical conditions, noise exposure, balance testing and more.

“There’s a lot of bad information out there about hearing health,” says Dr. Curtis. “Our goal is to properly educate everyone about hearing and how it connects to overall well-being. When we hear well, we learn, socialize and connect with the world around us. Poor hearing can be caused by health issues like diabetes and other diseases and can lead to things like dementia. We want to get and keep you hearing your best so you can keep those important connections.”

Katrina Dorsey is currently working her way through the education and training process of becoming an Au.D. through an externship at Sounds of Life.

“As a fourth-year doctoral student at Ohio University, I have spent three years completing coursework,” explains Katrina. “I must complete 1,820 clinical hours working with patients in a variety of settings.”

Sounds of Life Hearing offers free earplugs, so stop in before your next concert, sporting event or anywhere you’ll encounter loud noises and pick up a pair for you and the kids.

Sounds of Life Hearing Center is located at 8007 Auburn Road, Suite 1, in Mentor. For more information call 440-579-4085 or check the website SoundsOfLifeHC.com.