Established in 1987, Audiology Associates of North Florida has been serving the greater Tallahassee area with ear, nose and throat assistance for more than two decades. The clinical team provides hearing tests and hearing loss prevention with state-of-the-art diagnostic devices to assist patients with the utmost of care. Lisa Myrick, Au. D., is one of the team members who has more than 20 years of experience with ear, nose and throat health, American Sign Language and service to the deaf community.
"I became an audiologist because I have always had a passion for those who experience hearing loss. My mother was an interpreter for the deaf in my church growing up and I have followed in that same area," Myrick said in an email interview. "I enjoy working with individuals and their families in finding solutions and answers to those difficult communication problems. I find it challenging and rewarding to help families rediscover the art of communication. Hearing is about more than hearing sounds, it's about hearing grandchildren's whispers and funny stories around the dining room table."
The clinical team of Audiology Associates of North Florida offers more than just handing over a hearing aid to patients. The process is in-depth and well-rounded to ensure patients walk out the door with a whole new sense of hearing. The team offers a rehabilitation program for the entire family, which includes communication classes and orientations to assist loved ones with coping with their hearing loss.
"Hearing loss affects every member of the family. We don't feel our job is done until we have made every effort to improve communication within the family," she said.
But it's not always serious. In fact, sometimes the conversations between families can actually be quite entertaining, she said.
"A colleague of mine shared a story of this woman who came to her follow-up appointment after she had just gotten new hearing aids and rather sarcastically remarked, 'Well, thanks a lot!' When my colleague inquired as to what was wrong, she stated with exasperation, 'Now I have to buy a new refrigerator. I had no idea mine made that much noise!'"
"If there was only one thing I could tell a hearing impaired person about hearing aids, I would tell them a hearing aid is not nearly as noticeable as their hearing loss," Myrick said. "When you answer inappropriately or - worse yet - ignore someone altogether because you are unaware you have been spoken to, people get the wrong impression that you are rude, angry or just plain old. Hearing aids open a whole new world of communication. Family members note their loved ones act more like themselves again for the first time in years when they hear what is going on around them."