Cari Bushinski: Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

“Tests at the Allegiance Hearing Center determined that I had a low-frequency hearing loss, which is sometimes difficult to identify. The staff made me feel comfortable and confident.”

Growing up with a hearing deficit, Cari Bushinski quickly learned to adapt. ”I knew to sit in front of the class so I could see the teacher’s lips, and I sat near friends so they could fill me in on anything I missed.”

It wasn’t until she started student teaching that Bushinski realized she had to take care of her hearing loss. “Tests at the Allegiance Hearing Center determined that I had a low-frequency hearing loss, which is sometimes difficult to identify. The staff made me feel comfortable and confident.”

Bushinski chose behind-the-ear, digital hearing aids with Bluetooth® connectivity. “Now I can be more involved in group conversations, which used to be very difficult and stressful,” Cari said.

More importantly, she says, “My hearing aids have made me more outgoing. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Northwest Community Schools, I do a lot of presentations, and they have helped immeasurably.”

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