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Hidden Gems: Meet Kristen Weinbaum of Precision Hearing

Hi Kristen, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Hearing loss runs in my family, and I was diagnosed with hearing loss when I was five years old. I went to my audiologist every year for annual check-ups. That was normal for me, just like going to the dentist is normal for most kids. When I was in middle school, I did my volunteer hours for science class at a local audiology practice. I was blessed to find an audiologist to volunteer for who became a mentor for me. She was an inspiration because she was a professional, a business owner, and a mom. I saw from her example that it’s possible to do it all! So I knew from a pretty young age that I wanted to become an audiologist one day. So, I guess you could say that I’m living my dream now! I graduated with my doctorate degree in 2011 and practiced for five years before opening my own practice. I have to admit that it was scary to go out on my own like that. I knew I was good at patient care because I had a few years of experience under my belt. But would I know enough to run the business side of things? Luckily, I had minored in Business Administration in college thanks to some advice from my dad. My husband and my family supported my decision to start my practice. My grandpa, who was also an entrepreneur in his day, encouraged me to leap by giving me this advice: If you don’t do it, you’ll always wonder, “what if?” I also received encouragement from some of my colleagues in the audiology profession. So with everyone rallying behind me, I opened Precision Hearing in 2016. Of course, that brought new challenges, but I’ve learned a lot along the way, and I have no regrets about doing it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Precision Hearing?
At Precision Hearing, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. We start with a thorough hearing evaluation, including discussing one’s medical history and including the family in a discussion about what communication difficulties the patient and family are experiencing. We also do a cognitive screening so that we can look at the big picture, the ears and the brain. We put all of this information together and then begin to educate. The patient and family want to understand the degree of hearing loss, the hearing loss, what may have caused it, and obviously the treatment options and prognosis. It is important to let our patients know what kind of outcomes they can expect from hearing aids, and we know that information based on their test results. Our testing also identifies if the hearing loss is medically treatable, in which case the patient will be referred to the appropriate medical specialist. We offer a wide variety of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Precision Hearing isn’t a franchise, it isn’t owned by a hearing aid manufacturer, and it has no ties to one particular brand.

This means we can offer whatever technology solution is best for each individual patient. We allow 90 minutes for a new patient evaluation and consultation. This means our patients don’t experience the rushed feeling they are accustomed to in many medical offices. Some patients are fast test takers and fast learners, and their appointment can be done quicker, but we always have the time set aside for those who have many questions they want to be answered. Dr. Kristen Weinbaum is the only Board Certified Doctor of Audiology in the Clermont area. Pair Dr. Weinbaum’s education, training, and expertise with her personal connection to the profession and her passion for what she does, and it’s easy to see why she has successful outcomes for her patients. Precision Hearing has been voted the Best Hearing Aid Provider in Central Florida by the readers of the Orlando Sentinel for three years in a row. When you choose Precision Hearing, you know you will get the experience you need and the care you want.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
I’m a people person, so connecting with people makes me happy. I’m blessed to have a job where I get to interact with people all day long. I develop relationships with my patients. Sometimes we have dramatic moments at an initial hearing aid fitting where we see a person’s reaction who is hearing for the first time in years. Other times those wow moments come to a couple of weeks after the hearing aid fitting when a patient comes back to share with me how much difference the hearing aids have made at home and in their interactions with loved ones. Those moments are very powerful and are a reminder of why I chose this profession. Those moments don’t happen every day, but I hope that I can be a blessing to others every day in some small way. Maybe by being a listening ear for someone who lives alone and struggles with loneliness, Maybe by relating to a patient whose spouse “doesn’t get” how hard it is to live with hearing loss. Or maybe just by making a silly joke and bringing a smile to someone’s face.

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Image Credits
Carey Sheffield Photography (Except for the close up of putting a black HA on someone’s ear and the the shot of me in a red jacket in front of the company sign, those 2 photos are attributed to Cindy Peterson)

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