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Hearing Rehab Center comes to Lake Oswego

Officials said LO is just right for the companys expansion


by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Hearing Rehab Center audiologist Jennifer Briggs examines a patient. Dr. Jennifer Briggs believes the new Hearing Rehab Center on Boones Ferry will have the same impact in Oregon as the company has had in Colorado.

Briggs brings a remarkable combination of experience, outgoing personality and enthusiasm to her position as the center’s head audiologist.

She said Lake Oswego is not just a perfect place to advance her career, but to fulfill her ambition to help people who suffer with hearing loss.

“I like to hope that I’m making a difference in people’s lives,” Briggs said. “From what I’ve heard from my patients so far, that is what is happening. It is really exciting to be here.”

The future of the Hearing Rehab Center in Lake Oswego takes off today with the ribbon cutting at its new office at 16699 Boones Ferry Road. The company has had success in Colorado, establishing 18 hearing centers in the state. So what brings the business to Oregon?

“There is a lot of similarity here to the Colorado area,” Briggs said. “I think Lake Oswego will be a great fit.”

Briggs will give tours of the new facility at the grand opening ceremony today, and she thinks people will be impressed with what the Hearing Rehab Center has to offer, including rooms for fitting and consultation, hearing testing, repairs and sales — basically a state-of-the-art clinic suitable for the latest advances in hearing aid technology.

There will be a hometown touch to Hearing Rehab Center in Lake Oswego since it is a family-owned company and its founders are audiologists themselves. As a former resident of Bend and as a degree holder from Oregon State University, Briggs is very Oregon-oriented.

“Audiology is not just a career, it’s my hobby,” she said. “It is pretty amazing to have a job like this.”

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Dr. Jennifer Briggs brings skill and enthusiasm to the Hearing Rehab Center's new office in Lake Oswego office.One of the most vital aspects of the center is the offering of the Lyric hearing aid, which can be worn 24 hours a day for three months at a time and fits deep inside the ear canal. The Lyric hearing aid is now available in much smaller sizes, is more comfortable and is located a few millimeters from the ear drum.

Beyond all of the technology available, Briggs believes her approach to helping people with hearing loss will make the new center a valuable addition to the medical life of this community.

“I don’t have an agenda about improving hearing,” she said. “I want people to tell me what they’re looking for, and that is what I try to do. Using word recognition, I determine where they are in their hearing and whether they’re a good candidate for a hearing aid.

“I want to be very precise. The answer to hearing problems is not just to turn everything up. I want to see a patient through to the end and find a resolution to their problem.”

For more information about the Hearing Rehab Center in Lake Oswego, call 503-636-4014 or visit hearportland.com. Its office is located inside the medical complex at Sunset Crossing.



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