Janet Revelle fits a hearing instrument during May, which is Better Speech and Hearing Month.
“Hearing loss is one of the top unaddressed medical issues worldwide,” said Janet Revelle, Au. D., director of audiology for Bacharach.
“We want people to understand the importance of seeking care for hearing loss because hearing loss is connected to many other medical conditions.”
“Hearing is vital to both children and adults,” said Janet. “Hearing provides sensory input to the brain, which helps children grow and develop properly. Research has also shown that adults with hearing problems have a greater risk of cognitive decline.”
Ear problems and issues with balance can also be connected because the inner ear houses the balance mechanism.
“In addition to hearing evaluations we conduct balance evaluations because of how closely these issues can be related,” said Janet. “Once a balance issue is diagnosed, our doctors work closely with Bacharach’s physical therapists to help stabilize the vestibular system.”
Bacharach’s Hearing Centers specialize in fitting patients with hearing instruments, tinnitus treatment, auditory processing disorders treatment and inner ear balance issues.
Bacharach’s speech team and long-time volunteer Paul Durante.
Clockwise from left: Barbara Bush, Alicia Spinelli, Caitlin Salerno, Susan Spiegel, Nicole Troendle, Kathleen Diblin, Jane Hocker
Bacharach also has a team of speech pathologists in Pomona and Somers Point dedicated to treating speech and language impairments in both children and adults.
“We provide services for people with a wide range of impairments, including: speech, receptive and expressive language skills, vocal function, cognitive skills and swallowing disorders,” said Kathleen Diblin, MSCC-SLP, BCS-S, director of the speech language pathology department for Bacharach.
Speech disorders may be caused by stroke or brain injury, cancer, paralyzed vocal cords, autism and many other conditions.
“Losing the ability to speak, express yourself or swallow can be very isolating because you can no longer socialize in the ways that you used to and it becomes hard for you to have your needs met. Therapy can help give our patients back their independence, and for our pediatric patients it can help them develop properly.”
“Our therapy programs are not one size fits all, they are individualized for each patient,” said Kathleen. “We develop specific goals for our patients depending on their impairment and their lifestyle. Our staff loves working with their patients and is dedicated to providing them with the best therapeutic plan of care possible.”