With deep personal knowledge and experience of hearing loss, we share what works for us in our daily lives. Together we help patients improve comfort and communication in social settings, increase success with using hearing assistive technology, and make work and home life easier. Our pioneering public health model combining coaching, social strategies in communication arts, and improved access to a range of services, along with outreach can mean a world of difference for the vast majority of those with hearing loss who are not currently being served.
Judith A Bergeron, BC-HIS #8035, MA License #293
BHC Founder & Hearing Specialist
Judith A Bergeron, BC-HIS, CDP is a patient first and 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 middle ear infection. This extreme procedure removing the ossicular chain and part of the mastoid bone is rarely performed today. Within a few years she experienced a rapid sensorineural hearing loss in her right ear. Legally deaf, she has been severely to profoundly deaf in both ears ever since. She has worn hearing aids for over 35 years. And most people that meet her socially have no idea she has hearing loss!
Judi entered the hearing health care system professionally working as a patient care coordinator. In this role she learned a great deal about patients, and she often found herself providing assistance not included in her job description to help patients be more successful. She decided to become a licensed provider so she could do more for people as a clinician. Judi is National Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences and licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. Judi has worked with hundreds of patients. When she practices, Judi relates to her patients as peers and as their hearing health clinician. She believes that hearing is an art beyond just the proper use of hearing aids. It also includes the practice of communication skills and social strategies. For patients that need amplification, hearing aids are an important first step towards a whole new world. But Judi encourages her hearing aid patients to move forward and 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
President and Coach
David Bergeron is a CHW and social entrepreneur with over 20 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, where 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). Project CHWs also promoted community participation in research and other health and occupational safety strategies. As such he has convened numerous interdisciplinary collaborative research teams with community members and 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 over the past three years to develop a specialized community health worker model for patients in hearing health care. Support for development of the Hearing Partnership™ project has been provided by Bergeron Associates of Gloucester. 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 aspects of sound and hearing. He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers and the Hearing Loss Association of America.
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