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2018 Guide - updated

Hearing Loss and Hearing Solutions - A Guide

The latest version of our Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources Guide


April 2018 Daily Commercial

Doctor of Audiology Laura Pratesi was recently featured in the University of Michigan DocsWithDisabilities social media campaign. Pratesi has been a hearing loss patient herself. As a result, she was inspired to help others. The campaign is to celebrate doctors who are excelling in their fields of medicine despite their disability, she said. She also recently opened a hearing facility called Citrus Hearing Clinic in Clermont.

Laura Pratesi

Pratesi was born with unilateral hearing loss, but not diagnosed until she was in school. She did not receive a hearing aid until graduate school. The experience left a deep impression on her and she chose to help others with hearing problems. Pratesi graduated from Auburn University in 2012 with a doctorate in audiology. Until recently, she worked with The Villages Health. “My son recently needed a hearing test because of a slight speech delay,” Pratesi said. “The closest place I could be referred to with a paediatric specialist was Florida Hospital. I started researching and realised that there were no independent paediatric specialists within about a 50 mile radius of Clermont — even farther in some directions.” After considering her everyday commute of two hours — time that could be spent with her son — she came to a decision. “I did my residence with kids and I miss seeing kids,” she said.

She opened an office in Clermont on April 1 and recently had an open house. While she specialises in children, she treats all age groups. “I personally feel that my hearing loss has enhanced my ability to be a good doctor to my patients,” she said. Dr. Pratesi understands that she has a big impact on her patients and their families, “My hearing loss allows me to connect with my patients on a personal level, in a way that schools cannot teach.”


2018 Guide - updated

Hearing Loss and Hearing Solutions - A Guide

The latest version of our Hearing Loss and Hearing Resources Guide

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