By Deborah Bostock
Imagine removing yourself from a group conversation because you couldn’t hear the words coming from your friends’ mouths or tinnitus, a constant high-pitched ringing in your ears that negatively impacts your days and causes sleepless nights. What about vertigo so bad you hesitate turning your head for fear of making the room spin?
While in college, Dr. Kelly Hansen thumbed through a catalog and was intrigued by an audiology class description. That class set in motion the path to her practice.
“I really liked the class and continued in the science field.”
After obtaining both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue and her Doctorate of Audiology at the Arizona School of Health Science, Dr. Hansen received her clinical board certification from the American Academy of Audiology and is “clinically certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.”
Founded in 2006, Dr. Hansen opened Trinity Hearing and Balance Center to give those dealing with hearing and balance issues hope and remedy.
At Trinity Hearing and Balance Center, Dr. Hansen and her team work with you to diagnose and find solutions for your hearing, tinnitus, and balance needs. They use state-of-the-art equipment, the most advanced technology available, and the latest advances in digital hearing aids to meet your individual hearing needs.
Reasons behind impaired hearing and inner ear disorders are as varied as the patients themselves.
This is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all treatment. Because their focus is on your individual, unique needs, the care you receive is specific to what you are dealing with, providing follow-up that ensures the treatment is working for you as intended.
“We do diagnostic testing for hearing and fit hearing aids for all lifestyles and budgets. All doctors at our practice are doctors of audiology.”
Dr. Hansen said a considerable difference exists between non-doctors fitting hearing aids, hearing aids self-fit ordered online, and visiting licensed audiologists. If a hearing aid is needed, Trinity Hearing and Balance Center has access to all major manufacturers as using just one company may not be substantial to meet all of your hearing needs. They offer in the ear “invisible” hearing aids, over-the-ear hearing aids and even the ones that work in conjunction with your smartphone. For tinnitus, The AGX tinnitus solution treats the symptoms of your specific audio sensations by matching the tonal pitch of your tinnitus.
“It’s the prescription, how they’re fit, how they’re tested – there is such a wide range,” she explained. “Often, the people who come here have stopped living their lives because they can’t hear. They are withdrawn because they haven’t been able to carry on a conversation. When we fit them with the right hearing aids and the right prescription and offer all follow-up care with our’ patient for life’ program, they are in tears when they tell us they never realized how much they’ve been missing. That makes such a nice story.”
On the other side of the practice, Dr. Hansen provides relief for dizziness and vertigo.
Dizziness and vertigo can occur when the inner ear, working with the brain and eyes to control balance, becomes out of sync. The Trinity Hearing and Balance Center professional staff are committed to finding answers for you and will work with you.
“That’s the tricky part. There can be so many different reasons for vertigo. We are just one piece of the puzzle as we rule in or rule out if it is the inner ear. Many physicians refer their patients to us to see if it is caused by their inner ear that is contributing.”
One of the most common causes of vertigo is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning. Usually triggered by changes in your head’s position, BPPV causes mild to intense dizziness.
If the testing result is BBPV, treatment is provided in the Epley Omniax chair, where the treatment of the crystals in your ear is repositioned.
“The chair tilts them in different positions. A good percent of the time, one treatment is all that is needed. It’s a relatively simple twenty-minute treatment, and no pain is involved. We maneuver them, and once the particle is positioned, the vertigo is resolved.
“We do diagnostic testing for hearing and dizziness and balance problems with equipment to assess both. We have a balance platform to assess balance and an Epley Omniax System to check, test for, and provide treatment for vertigo. The Omniax System sets us apart from others as there are just a handful in the United States.”
Trinity Hearing and Balance Center acquired this sophisticated system as soon it was available, being the first in Tampa Bay and the United States to use this diagnostic tool and the world as well. The System allows Dr. Hansen and her team to rule out various causes of vertigo, allowing for more precise treatment and a greater chance of success.
Dr. Hansen and her team pride themselves on keeping on top of the latest information in managing both hearing and balance issues. Whether your problem is hearing or balance-related, Trinity Hearing and Balance Center is always at the forefront of treatments and state-of-the-art technology.
“When our patients have been avoiding things for so long, and now, they can go back to doing the things they enjoy doing, that’s always a nice feeling.”