A recent graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Dr. Kelsey Brittingham has been working with hearing impaired patients of all ages since 2017. “I chose to become a doctor because it gave me the best opportunity to educate patients about their hearing health,” she explains. In her role at Cleveland-based Ahlberg Audiology, Dr. Brittingham works to create long-term relationships with her patients, providing her the ability to cater to her patients’ ever-changing hearing. “A treatment plan should be tailored to each individual,” shares Dr. Brittingham. “People tend to think that hearing aids are like glasses – you put them on, and you automatically have normal hearing perception. However, there are many different individualized treatment plans for hearing aid users to get the most optimal hearing out of their amplification devices.”
University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Knoxville, TN
Clinical Certificate of Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I love giving someone back the ability to hear and to communicate with their family and friends. This not only allows me to reconnect them with sound, but more importantly, relationships.
2. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
Listening and creating a safe space for patients is essential. Building trust in that initial appointment will help form and maintain a good relationship over the course of an individualized treatment plan.
3. What accolades mean the most to you?
The rewarding moment when a patient realizes what they have been missing out on because of their hearing loss. I’ve even had a patient say that he didn’t realize our shoes made sound when we walked!
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I specialize in diagnostic hearing and tinnitus evaluations. This is the foundation of audiology, and this testing is essential for patients to understand their hearing health.
5. Why have you chosen this field of specialty?
I have had a hearing loss since l was a child, but no one ever suggested hearing aids to me. I went into audiology in order to educate people about all of their treatment options and make sure they are making an informative decision for their personal lives.