Hearing Partners of South Florida | Hearing Center Interview
Nimet Adam, Au.D., CCC-A, is a problem solver. So, when she took a fundamental speech and audiology course in college “it hit home,” she said. “The main reason I’m an audiologist is because I want to help people. Audiology is a good balance of medical and technology and I love both. With other types of medical specialties, you have to work with people for several years before you see a result. I knew that wouldn’t work for me.”
Dr. Adam has been in private practice since she established Hearing Partners of South Florida in 1999, which has locations in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Other audiologists in the practice include Deborah Kroll, Au.D., CCC-A and Meredith Resnick, M.A., CCC-A.
Hearing Partners’ patient-centered, holistic philosophy of care helps the doctors meet patient expectations. “We take time to listen to each patient’s needs, match the hearing device to their lifestyle and empower them to use their instruments to the fullest,” she said. “We really strive to offer cutting edge technology and stay at the forefront of hearing research.”
“Part of our job is to help patients sort through their thoughts and feelings to figure out what they want. Then we schedule routine visits to check their ears so we can catch problems early and verify their hearing instruments are doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Dr. Adam said her favorite part of being a hearing healthcare professional is when patients thank her because their lives have changed due to better hearing. One of her favorite hearing device success stories involves an 18-year-old soccer player from Brazil who owned a pair of old fashioned behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids that he wouldn’t wear. After she fit him with in-the-ear (ITC), he became more chatty and lively.
“His family said it’s like living with a different person,” she said. “Now when he comes in, he gives me a big hug. I can tell he’s so happy, even though he doesn’t speak a word of English.”
Hearing Partners of South Florida participates in community health fairs sponsored by area clubs, recreational centers and places of worship. They conduct free screenings on a dedicated day of hearing during National Speech and Hearing Month (May) and participate in charity events.
“We try to do as much outreach as we can so the community knows we’re there for them.”
Dr. Adam said the most challenging aspect of her job is knowing that many people delay seeking treatment for their hearing loss and are more concerned about the price of their hearing aids than obtaining quality hearing healthcare.
“Wearing hearing aids is not the same as putting on a pair of glasses,” she said. “It’s not just about the product, it’s about the relationship forged with the audiologist and the follow up care that goes with the instrument. With all the research we have now about cognitive changes that occur in the brain with hearing loss, it’s important not to ignore it and seek treatment early.”