by:  Lisa Stephens

Chances are, you or someone you know is affected by some measurable form of hearing loss.  While some might suffer from hearing loss alone, others battle hearing loss accompanied  by other debilitating issues such as tinnitus, vertigo or even more serious conditions.  Fortunately, the professionals at Trinity Hearing and Balance offer world class technology to help treat patients fortunate enough to live nearby and others who travel from around the United States, or from other nations to take advantage of the technology and care offered by Audiologists Kelly Hansen Au.D. and Nikki Goldowski Richa, Au.D.

There are numerous reasons for hearing loss and inner ear disorders and the professional staff at Trinity Hearing and Balance Center are committed to finding answers for each individual patient.  The inner ear actually works in conjunction with the brain and eyes to control balance. When this network of components  is out of sync with one another, balance can be affected.  An experienced Audiologist can help get to the root of what is causing issues like vertigo, or dizziness.  Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, is another issue that can be treated effectively to bring relief to patients suffering from this aggravating condition.  

Offering both Personal and Professional Experience to Every Patient

Dr. Kelly Hansen is a graduate of Purdue University and received her Doctorate in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.  She is Board Certified in Audiology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  She served on the Florida Academy of Audiology Board for four years as the vice president of communications.  She is the owner of Trinity Hearing and Balance and brings more than twenty years of experience to her patients.  Her motivation to treat her patients with the best care comes from her own personal experiences with hearing loss.  She can relate to her patients. “My grandmother suffered from hearing loss and I have worn hearing aids myself since my 30’s.  This helps me understand what my patients are going through,” she said. A firm believer in continuing education, she has continued to attend courses and workshops for dizziness, balance and hearing disorders throughout her career, which enables her to stay abreast with the most recent treatment methods in these disorders. 

Dr.  Nikki Goldowski Richa is a graduate of Cleveland State University.  She earned her Doctorate of Audiology degree from University of Louisville.  She is equipped with a broad range of experience after working with Veteran Affairs medical centers, children’s hospitals, ENT clinics as well as private practice settings.  She completed her clinical fellowship year at Trinity Hearing and Balance while working alongside Dr. Hansen. Dr. Hansen is proud to have Dr. Richa as part of the practice.  

“She’s just fabulous,” she said of her colleague.  Noting,” Great rapport with patients is something you can’t teach, and it just comes naturally for her.”   

The First to Offer State-of-the Art Equipment in Our Area

Offering the latest technology and best treatment possible to patients suffering from dizziness due to inner ear disorders, Trinity Hearing and Balance Center was the first practice to install the Epley Omniax System after its commercial launch in just a few clinics worldwide.  Vertigo is a common condition suffered by millions of Americans every year.  A common procedure to treat vertigo is the Epley Maneuver which is performed by the doctor on the examining table.  The Epley Omniax System, however, enables audiologists to rule in and rule out various causes of vertigo thus  enabling them to be more precise in their treatment of said condition which increases the success rate of treatment for patients.   “The System keeps Trinity Balance and Hearing Center on the cutting edge of new technology in the field and it means we’ll be able to continue providing the best possible care for our patients who suffer from dizziness and balance problems,” explained Dr. Hansen.      

If a hearing aid is the solution to your hearing loss problem, Trinity Hearing and Balance Center offers a wide range of hearing aids and accessories for varying budgets, making hearing aids an affordable option.   They also offer hearing aid repair services, hearing tests, hearing protection and child hearing treatment. Financing options are also available.  The Trinity Hearing and Balance Center website also features a blog chocked full of informative articles on hearing loss, hearing aid technology, the importance of protecting your hearing and more. 

Trinity Hearing and Balance Center is located at 8605 Easthaven Court, Suite 101,  New Port Richey 34655.  Call 727-755-0391 today for your appointment.  For more information, visit