Born and raised in Central Minnesota, I have been a successful Audiologist since 1986. Since then, I have helped thousands of people improve their hearing. As a Licensed Audiologist, I've worked in all kinds of settings; performing diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing-aid dispensing, intra-operative monitoring of evoked potentials, trauma call, auditory rehabilitation, and counseling.
I volunteer time for the Minnesota Academy of Audiology (I was it president in 2004), managing it State Fair booth in conjunction with Health Fair 11. This has provided low-cost hearing screenings to literally thousands of people. I've also been appointed by the State Commissioner of Health to serve on the Advisory Council For Hearing Impairment Dispensing.
I'm very fortunate that I love my work. Quite honestly, it's more of a calling than it is a job. Nothing feels better than to get comments like: 'It's wonderful to hear the birds sing again,' 'now we can turn the TV volume down,' and 'I don't have to yell of repeat myself to him/her.' Long term, I'm most concerned about you and your family's ability to connect with each other. Communication is at the heart of all we do and feel.
I myself have coped with 'cricket-like' tinnitus since I was in graduate school (my punishment for attending too many loud concerts). Through studies, I found out there is no real cure for tinnitus, but there are strategies to deal with it. I can teach you these!
There's no good reason to put off improving your hearing. Thanks to new technology, today's hearing aids are smaller, better and more affordable. For a couple dollars a day, you could be hearing much better. And if you don't want to buy, you can rent them. Simply put, I help people get back in the loop and I'm proud to do so. If you want help with your hearing, I will be there for you. Hundreds of Plymouth residents, whom I've served for over 20 years can testify to that.
I am Dr. Fors, Licensed Audiologist, and do call me Shirley.
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