Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids at Oswego Health

with Audiologist Kathleen Burch

Oswego Health LogoQ: How long have you been an Audiologist?

A: 25 years

Q: What about being an Audiologist interested you?

A: Initially I was fascinated with the intricacy of the anatomy of the ear, how all the parts work together and how the coding of frequencies received in the ear is replicated in the temporal lobe of the brain. Then as I began to work clinically with patients, I enjoyed being able to help them understand their hearing diagnosis and steer them in the right direction for help, be it a medical referral or hearing aid use.

Q: What personal rewards do you receive in your position?

A: I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know my patients. It’s very satisfying to help people improve their quality of life and relationships through better hearing.

Q: What makes you different from other Audiologists in the area?

A: With my years of experience in medical environments, I approach testing and diagnosis from a medical perspective, and a commitment to do what is in the best interest of the patient, not our practice.

Q: Why should someone consider seeking your professional services?

A: People should consider seeking services here because of my experience, professionalism and concern for the well being of each person I serve. I stay up-to-date on hearing research and the latest in hearing aid technology and connectivity to other devices.

Q: What are the early signs of hearing loss?

A: Complaints from loved ones about difficulty hearing, TV volume is increased, asking for repetition during conversation, missed or misheard words in conversation, trouble hearing women and children’s voices, difficulty hearing in noisy environments.

Q: Anything else you feel readers should know about your experience and your practice?

A: You will find myself and staff very personable and easy to work with. When hearing aids are recommended, I provide different options based on the person’s hearing loss, concerns, and lifestyle. I review the different levels of hearing aid technology and the pros and cons of each style of hearing aid. One size does not fit all; and I do my best to customize a hearing solution for each patient.

Audiologist Kathleen Burch holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology (CCC-A) and practice at the Fulton office of Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids at Oswego Health