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Its Been Only Days

Dear Dr Bartels,

Its been only three days since you performed the operation and stereophonic sound indeed!!  I'm hearing all kinds of noises which I haven't noticed in years -- what's this humming, what's that there -- is something wrong with the car?  No there isn't -- I can hear!!!

Thank you, thank you so very much.  You have changed my life.  I'm so grateful.  You'll be in my prayers always. God bless you.



A Whole New World

Dear Dr Bartels,

Having this cochlear implant, a miracle that I never dreamed would occur in my lifetime, really opened a new world for me.  Thanks to you and your staff!

However I was blessed with wonderful parents who encouraged me to grow up in a normal atmosphere, despite of my hearing impairment.  Thus, I give them, especially my wonderful mother, all the credit in the world for the position in which I am now.  If they were alive now, they would have been beyond happiness about this miracle.

My family and friends have been so excited to be able to talk to me on the phone instead of the TTY.  Some of them have confessed how they hated it.  We've had a good laugh about it.  It has been absolutely incredible even!

Knowing that my hearing would never be perfect, I am contented and satisfied to have this opportunity finally.  Thank you so much Dr Bartels for deeply enriching my life to the fullest.

God bless you and your staff.

Gratefully yours,


You Saved My Life

Dr Danner,

You saved my life and I can never thank you for what you have done for me.  You have put up with me for a year almost and I know all the things I've been through didn't help my anxiety, but you and your staff have been wonderful to me.

I thank you for my voice to continue to preach God's Word and tell them miracles do happen.  God bless you and your family.


The Second Time I Went to Tampa

The second time I went to Tampa I had a ear surgery.  Me and my family stayed at a hotel.  The name of the hotel was Sheraton.  My hotel had two beds, a lamp, a bathroom also a window with curtains so we could see the city side.  My hotel room even had a television screen.  The city side was really busy.  On the other side was like a lake for people to go see racing boating as a team and also people just practiced boating.  The first day we were there we went to the Tampa Aquarium with my uncle and my three cousins.  At the Aquarium we saw sting rays, otters, alligators, fish and even a fish that blends into marbles, blue marbles, and baby sea horses.  The baby sea horses were so cute.  We got to the Aquarium in a shuttle.  A shuttle is sort of like a tour bus but it takes places like if you wanted to visit the hospital than it will take you to the hospital.  When I went to the hospital I was a little bit nervous.  The doctors and the nurses were very nice.  I even got to see my own doctor, Dr Bartels.  He is a very nice doctor.  He is my most favorite doctor in the world.  When it was the day for the surgery, I was really really scarred.  But it turned out okay for the doctors.  But when I woke up I was bursting into tears.  Two days later we took off the cup off my ear and I was all better.  The End.



Dr Bartels,

Thought you might like to know that J. made a 3.5 GPA for the eight grade.  He was totally mainstreamed in all of his classes.

His next goal is to make the golf team and then the baseball team.  He is very determined.  He is also looking forward to getting his restricted license in September.

Thanks for your help in making him be able to be so successful as a hearing impaired person.



Labrynthectomy Surgery

Dear Dr Danner,

Please accept my thanks for the success of my recent labrynthectomy surgery.  Even though I am in the early weeks of recovery, I am greatly relieved to be rid of my ongoing issues with vertigo once and for all.  I would also like to thank you and the other staff members at Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center for the ongoing care that I have received over the past two years as we worked together to find a solution to relieve my symptoms from Ménière's Disease.  No only you, but your office staff, nurses, and audiologists have always treated me with professionalism, and more importantly, with compassion.  I have always felt that my medical needs are being addressed as an individual, even though the practice is very busy indeed.

Thank you again for helping me to achieve the highest quality of life possible.  Your medical skills and outstanding patient rapport are greatly appreciated.



Preparing for Surgery

Dear Dr Bartels,

Last year at this time I was getting my personal affairs in order as I prepared myself for surgery.  You were going to remove an acoustic neuroma from behind my left ear.  Through our conversations I was aware of the possible side effects of the surgery.  It was, needless to say, a very difficult time in my life.  I wish to express to you my gratitude for your remarkable skill and talent with which you performed my surgery, and the kind and meticulous follow-up care that I received from you and your office staff.  There is honestly not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and say "thank you" and "God bless you." Words can never express my true appreciation for having a surgeon as eminently capable as you.

May you and your family have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sincerely yours,


BAHA Solution

Dear Dr Bartels,

Perhaps my most important visit to see you was in your Spring Hill office.  After a hearing test you told me I had a unilateral conductive hearing loss and that the only solution was a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid.

You very patiently took as much time as needed to explain the process and thoroughly answer my many (and there were many) questions.  I will admit that the idea of letting you drill a hole in my head and implant a titanium abutment was a little foreign as well as somewhat disconcerting.  You kindly said that I could schedule an appointment for the surgery by calling your  Tampa office directly.  After considering the process for the hour it took me to drive home, I decided I had total confidence in you and I scheduled my surgery immediately.

January 18 was the big day and again, your wonderful attitude and obvious competence made me quiet comfortable with the procedure.  Actually, in retrospect, the only really unpleasant part of the entire time was wearing the awful huge white uncomfortable "bandage".  I think those might have been the longest 8 days I can remember.

The audiologist fitted my Ponto Pro in March and I couldn't be happier with the results.  I have even gotten past the "hole in the head" and "screw loose" joking period by family and good friends.  I have named "her" Gracie (for Amazing Grace) since the difference in my daily life is amazing.  You and your entire staff are to be congratulated on your professional, care hearing center.  Thank you all.




Dear Dr Bartels,

Three weeks ago you performed another one of your "miracles" and removed a large acoustic neuroma from the base of my wife's brain.  The words "thank you" seem so weak and inadequate to express our complex feelings of good fortune, gratitude, and of course relief for the successful conclusion of this surgery.

So far, my wife has experienced no facial weakness, her balance is as good as it always was (bearing in mind that she is a self-proclaimed "klutz" from girlhood) and her recovery to us has been quite remarkable.

My wife was terrified going into this surgery, but there is no doubt that your kindness and concern during our pre-surgery meetings, and your quiet confidence and self-assurance, helped to soften her natural fears and apprehensions.  Your team colleagues independently assured us that you were among the best in this surgical field, and we are certainly believers.  Beyond that, we are grateful and thankful to your wonderful office staff as well. Without exception, they reached out to my wife and provided warmth and encouragement when it was desperately needed.  This concern was so greatly appreciated.

We just want you to know that, under the circumstances, we consider ourselves most fortunate that we ended up in your hands (quite literally).  We understood that there were no guarantees, but we also knew that we were dealing with likelihoods that could only be improved by your experience, and by the professionalism and caring which was evident.  The result only confirms our faith.

We remain forever indebted to you.  If we can provide encouragement to others (to future terrified) facing this same surgery we stand ready to serve.  Our very best wishes for the fabulous work that you do.

Yours most gratefully,


Vestibular Schwannoma

Dear Dr Bartels,

I wan to express my sincere gratitude to you for your excellent care during my recent treatment for a vestibular schwannoma.  I have been an RN for 28 years so when I was diagnosed I began to ask among my colleagues for the name of a surgeon.  My husband and I also researched on the Internet to learn all we could about schwannomas and skull based tumors.  You were highly recommended to me by another health care professional who was also a patient.

As soon as we met you we were impressed with your focus, warmth, knowledge and caring.  We immediately knew we had made the right choice.  Throughout my hospitalization you always responded to questions and problems in a timely manner and my husband and family consistently felt secure.

I would like to mention another aspect of my care that I think could be helpful to other patients.  I had 6 weeks from the time of my diagnosis to the date of surgery.  I knew I wanted to prepare physically, emotionally and spiritually to optimize my chances for a positive outcome.  I have witnessed many patients who have had a positive effect on their illness by taking an active role in self-care.

With the support and encouragement of my husband, I was able to take a leave of absence from work and began daily yoga and meditation.  I read books and listened to tapes on healing and spirituality.  I also let it be known that all prayers were welcome.  I'm not active in any organized religion but the response was tremendous.  By the time the date of my surgery arrived, I felt calm and confident.

As disappointing as it was to be given this diagnosis, it has resulted in some very positive changes in my life.  That would no have been possible without your skilled and compassionate care.  Thank you for helping me.

Yours truly,



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