February 26, 2020
Communication Disorders alumna Christine Kelley '05 is interviewed in a Daily Hamsphire Gazette feature article examining how individuals come to grips with diminished hearing loss.
Kelley, who obtained her audiology doctoral degree at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and works as an audiologist at the Clarke Hearing Center, notes that on average it takes about seven years before a person who notices a hearing loss actually seeks help for it.
“That’s a long time to go when you’re having problems,” says Kelley. “It can affect your job, your social behavior … People can isolate themselves, and that can lead to health issues like depression, and it can affect relations with family and others around you.”
Current audiology doctoral student Sara Verteramo, who works as an audiology assistant at the Clarke Hearing Center, is also featured in the accompanying photographs.