From: San Francisco, CA
Nominated by: Tabitha Parent Buck, Au.D., of A.T. Still University
“My parents noticed I wasn’t talking yet when I was a year old,” said Kathleen. “My mother, a nurse, knew something wasn’t right when I wasn’t talking yet. From there, my parents took me to a few doctors before one of them realized I had a significant hearing loss.”
Kathleen was formally diagnosed with a moderately-severe sensorineural hearing loss at the age of five.
Soon after learning the true reason behind her communication delay, Kathleen began utilizing hearing aids.
“My parents wanted me to be successful in life and be no different from anyone else. They are truly dedicated to ensuring that their children (are) provided with whatever they (need) to succeed in life.”
“Hearing better has allowed me to develop closer relationships with my friends and family with minimal strain. It has allowed me to be involved in all aspects of those relationships.” With the support of her hearing aids, Kathleen has been able to enjoy her life as it is and embrace all of the ups and downs of living with a hearing loss.
“I have been able to accomplish my goal of graduating from undergraduate and graduate schools to become an audiologist.”
Kathleen earned her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University in 2014.
“As a professional (my hearing difficulties and hearing aids) have created an instant rapport with patients with hearing loss and has given me more credibility.”
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