Category: Audiology


June Staff Spotlight: Dr. Kayla Kirk

By Alexa Demyan,

This month’s Staff Spotlight is Dr. Kayla Kirk! Dr. Kirk specializes in diagnostic and rehabilitative services for pediatric and adult patients with an emphasis on diagnostic services and hearing aid dispensing. She also provides aural rehabilitation for patients using cochlear implants. Dr. Kirk is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and volunteers on the Board of the Ohio Academy of Audiology. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from The Ohio State University and completed her fourth-year clinical externship at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Kirk has been with Columbus Speech & Hearing Center since 2018 and believes the best part of her work day is educating patients on their hearing healthcare needs, as well as providing rehabilitative treatments to her patients. Dr. Kirk enjoys community outreach and serving as an advocate for the profession of audiology. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new food spots in Columbus and spending time outside. A fun fact about Dr. Kirk: she’s a twin!

Diabetes & Hearing Loss

By Alexa Demyan,

DID YOU KNOW?

1 in every 10 or 34.5 million people in the U.S. have some type of hearing loss. In addition, over 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.

CONNECTED?

It is possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and kidneys.

OVERLAP

A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people who have diabetes as it is in those who don’t have diabetes. Of the 88 million adults who have prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in those with normal blood glucose.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT I HAVE A HEARING LOSS?

Talk to your doctor. Ask to be referred to an expert audiologist at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center for a hearing evaluation. Our audiologists can diagnose hearing loss and provide you with the best treatment options.

Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiences it.

SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Trouble following conversations that involve more than two people
  • Thinking that others are mumbling
  • Problems hearing in noisy places such as restaurants
  • Trouble hearing the voices of small children
  • Turning up the TV or radio volume too loud for others who are nearby

Appointments with our certified Audiologists are available at both our Clintonville and Dublin locations. Call (614) 263-5151 to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Information courtesy of the American Diabetes Association

The Columbus Foundation Supports Dublin Expansion

By Gretchen Colon,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is expanding to Dublin and opening our new audiology clinic for adults!

We are incredibly grateful to our philanthropic partner, The Columbus Foundation, for the financial support to make this new expansion possible.

“Columbus Speech & Hearing Center provides crucial services to those with communications challenges – both receptive and expressive, and for people of all ages,” shares Emily Savors, Director of Grants Management at The Columbus Foundation.

Expanding into this new area will help Columbus Speech & Hearing Center serve thousands more adults with hearing loss by providing hearing evaluationshearing aid fittings and service custom hearing protection to those in need.

“The ability to generate earned revenue is a vehicle to support subsidized services,” Savors explains. “So, in addition to being closer to a segment of the population in need of services, this office will generate income to support other services at the agency.”

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, a nonprofit organization serving central Ohio since 1923, counts heavily on the philanthropic support from generous donors to serve individuals and children with hearing loss and speech challenges. 

You are invited to join The Columbus Foundation and other supporters to help contribute to the Dublin audiology clinic with a financial gift. You have the opportunity to give a children a voice and provide improved hearing to individuals in need.

We’re Expanding to Dublin!

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) is excited to announce that we are expanding our services to the Dublin area starting May 10.

Our new office, located at 5155 Bradenton Ave., Suite 150 in Dublin, will specialize in audiology services for adults, including hearing screenings and the latest hearing aid technology sales.

The Stats

According to the National Institute of Health, it’s estimated that hearing loss affects up to 40% of adults over the age of 65, 60% of adults over the age of 75, and 80% of adults over the age of 85. In addition, people with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.

To make matters worse, untreated hearing loss compromises wellness and quality of life and increases risk factors for falls, depression, social isolation and cognitive decline.

“Columbus Speech & Hearing Center’s services are needed now more than ever,” says James O. Dye, the Center’s President & CEO. “The personalized service and programs we offer transform lives and improve the communication and quality of life for every person who walks through our doors.”

Audiology

Our nonprofit organization has served those with speech and hearing challenges in central Ohio, regardless of affordability, for more than 95 years. CSHC’s main location in Clintonville already serves more than 2,250 audiology clients annually.

The Dublin expansion will allow our services to reach even more people in need, especially in the northwest suburbs of Columbus, including Dublin, Plain City, Powell, Hilliard, and Upper Arlington.

We are incredibly grateful to our philanthropic partner, The Columbus Foundation, for the financial support for our new expansion.

Dublin Details

The new Dublin office suite is conveniently located on the first floor of a medical office building shared by Drs. Scheetz & Rekos – Oral & Facial Surgeons of Ohio and Columbus Ophthalmology Associates. It’s easily accessible from I-270, Route 33 and Route 161 and offers free parking. Dr. Natalie Rosselli and Dr. Jennifer Thomson will serve as Dublin’s onsite audiologists and are booking appointments for next month’s opening.

To schedule an appointment at our new Dublin office with Dr. Rosselli or Dr. Thomson, call (614) 261-5789.

Myths & Facts About Hearing Aids

By Alexa Demyan,

Make your hearing health a priority this Better Hearing & Speech Month. Our new Dublin Audiology Office specializes in hearing evaluations; the latest in hearing aid technology sales; hearing aid fittings and repairs; and custom hearing protection. Call (614) 261-5789 to schedule an appointment.

Myth: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision to 20/20.
Fact: Hearing aids do not “cure” hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improve communication. They can improve hearing and listening abilities and quality of life.

Myth: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online.
Fact: By working with an audiologist, you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed. Other professional care includes:

• Full hearing evaluation
• Hearing aid evaluation
• Proper fitting of hearing aid
• Instruction on proper use and care of the hearing aid
• Follow-up care and support
• Repair services
• Rehabilitation services
• Referral for medical treatment (if needed)

Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.
Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing.

Myth: Mild hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.
Fact: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. Our audiologists will work with you to determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.

Myth: Wearing a hearing aid in both ears is not necessary.
Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

Myth: The invisible hearing aids worn in the ear are the best hearing aids to purchase.
Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids, and all are “state-of-the-art.” What is most important is that you purchase a hearing aid that accommodates your hearing loss and your listening needs.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center receives $100k grant to improve Audiology services

By Clay Parlette,

Audiologist Lisa Richmond (right) consults with a patient about the options available to him to treat hearing loss.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (the Center) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from The Columbus Foundation, with special support from the Albert J. and Eve G. Pfeiffer Fund of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Audiology & Hearing Aid Services program at the Center, allowing for a state-of-the-art upgrade in audiological testing equipment.

“We’re very proud to be the leading provider of hearing healthcare in central Ohio,” said Director of Audiology & Hearing Aid Services Dr. Karen Mitchell, “This grant allows our audiologists access to state-of-the-art equipment so we may continue to provide the highest quality services with personalized care and support.”

The Center estimates that roughly one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss―a condition that can lead to additional concerns like depression and dementia in older adults. The equipment upgrade allows audiologists at the Center to have access to the latest in audiological technology, ensuring the best and most up-to-date support for more than 3,500 audiology clients who receive services at the Center each year. Columbus Speech & Hearing Center continues to strive to be the recognized leader providing personalized service and caring attention to help the people it serves achieve their full potential.

“The Columbus Foundation has been a strong and consistent partner for the Center for many years,” said the Center’s President & CEO James O. Dye. “We’re grateful to have such meaningful support that allows us to make the most impact on our community.”

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for individuals with communication and vocational challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the realm of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehabilitation and community education. It is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit www.columbusspeech.org.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,000 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the region for 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online giving marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy®, makes it possible for everyone to access valuable information about nonprofit organizations in central Ohio.

The Foundation’s GIVING STRENGTH framework informs its competitive grantmaking program. Through it, the Foundation seeks to impact a broad spectrum of community needs to improve the quality of life for central Ohioans.