Learning about us explains why we have our own hearing practice. With deep personal knowledge and experience of hearing loss, we share what works for us in our daily lives. We help patients improve comfort and communication in social settings, increase success with using hearing assistive technology, and make life easier. In addition, our pioneering method integrates coaching, communication strategies, brain fitness and other services. Moreover, this means a world of difference for many with hearing loss who are not currently succeeding with treatment.
Judith A Bergeron, BC-HIS #8035, CDP #226435, MA License #293
BHC Founder & Hearing Specialist
Key to knowing about us is our life experience. Judith A Bergeron, BC-HIS, CDP is a patient first. And she is a hearing health care professional second. She lost her hearing suddenly in her left ear when she was 11 years old. Physicians performed radical mastoid surgery to save her life from a potentially fatal middle ear infection. This extreme procedure removes the ossicular chain and part of the mastoid bone. It is rarely performed today. Furthermore, within a few years she experienced a rapid sensorineural hearing loss in her right ear. Judi has been legally deaf ever since. Finally, she has worn hearing aids for over 40 years. And most people that meet her socially have no idea she has hearing loss!
Learning to Practice from the Bottom Up
Judi entered the hearing health care field as a patient care coordinator. In this role she learned a great deal about patients and their challenges. Moreover, she often found herself providing assistance not included in her job description. Patients began to rely on her help to be successful. Finally, she decided to become a licensed provider.
Judi is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist and National Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. In addition, she is a certified Dementia Care Practitioner.
Judi relates to her patients as patient peers, and then as their hearing health professional. Moreover, she believes that hearing is an art beyond the hearing aids. Therefore, coaching in communication skills and social strategies is very important. But auditory retraining and brain fitness are also important. Finally, hearing aids may be an important first step towards a whole new world. But Judi encourages her hearing aid patients to move forward. Welcome the adventure ahead to better hearing with understanding!
Independent of her dispensing practice with patients, Judi is Hearing Coach and co-founder at The Hearing Partnership™. In the public health perspective, she is a "professional patient" and can be considered a hearing health care Clinician Community Health Worker. In addition to being severely hard of hearing herself, she is a practicing clinician who employs many CHW approaches in her hearing health care practice. The Hearing Partnership™ project is allowing Judi to share her approach with many more patients and other hearing health professionals beyond her clinical practice.
David Bergeron, MM, CHW, CDP
President and Brain Hearing Coach
David Bergeron provides clinical support in brain hearing. In addition, he holds a certificate as a Dementia Prevention Education Specialist from the American Brain Council.
David's background adds a unique dimension about us and our practice. Moreover, he focuses on education and community outreach. In addition, he advances our Hearing Partnership vision of "community hearing care".
About Us and Community Hearing
David Bergeron is a CHW and social entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in establishing innovative state public health policy and systems redesigns. Working with Senator Edward Kennedy, he was co-founder of the pilot that promoted Massachusetts health care reform in the mid-1990s, Fishing Partnership Health Plan. In that role he also developed and headed the project’s community health worker (CHW) program for more than 15 years.
A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conducted by Boston University researchers assessed the “feasibility of implementing a similar model with other populations” and statewide reform followed in 2006 (http://www.hcfo.org/grants/fishing-partnership-health-plan-model-reducing-numbers-working-uninsured). In addition, project CHWs also promoted community participation in research and other health and occupational safety programs. As such he has convened numerous interdisciplinary collaborative research teams with community members. Moreover, he has been Principal Investigator in studies with partners at Health Care for All, Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, and others.
Mr. Bergeron’s accomplishments have been recognized by citations of the Massachusetts Senate and community organizations. As a member of a family affected by hearing loss, he has worked with his wife Judi to develop a community hearing care training program for health care professionals.
Music and Hearing
Educated in music in the United States and abroad, Mr. Bergeron remains active in music, and his musical experience is well matched to appreciating the social and scientific dimensions of sound and hearing. He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers, the International Hearing Society, and the Hearing Loss Association of America.
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