Brenda Rubert, AuD, CCC-A, Doctor of Audiology, has provided audiology services at Prairie Ridge Health since 2001. These services include the evaluating and treating of hearing disorders for infants to seniors, as well as fittings for hearing aids and ear plugs.

Through a hearing test, the audiologist can detect the extent of the impairment. Brenda works collaboratively with your Primary Care Provider as well as Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist, Justin McNamar to determine if medical or surgical interventions are needed to improve your condition. Brenda will also discuss hearing aid options based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

With approximately 37.5 million Americans suffering from hearing impairment, protecting your hearing early on can decrease your risk of severe hearing loss later in life. The two most common causes of hearing loss are noise exposure and aging. Participating in noise producing jobs and hobbies, such as farming and construction or hunting can slowly cause hearing loss. Similarly, listening to music at an extreme volume can damage hearing ability. 

“Hearing aids may be hard for people to accept, but I really encourage people not to be leery of them, as advancements have made hearing aids more comfortable and effective,” said Dr. Rubert. “People are usually pleasantly surprised by how natural they sound and feel. Many patients comment that the experience has been life changing for them.”

Signs of hearing loss include:

  • Often asking others to repeat what they have said.
  • Having trouble hearing conversations when background noise is present.
  • Needing the television volume turned up to a level that is too loud for other people.
  • Perceiving others to be mumbling when they speak.
  • Hearing ringing in the ears.

If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one, see your physician to discuss the problem and seek a referral or call 920-623-1430 for more information.