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Already Given Back What I Lost

Dr Bartels,

In this, the Season of Miracles, you really have given me one with my Cochlear Implant.

I cannot believe it has only been a month since I was turned on to the world again.  In so many ways, the CI has wiped out the last 13 years as far as being part of the hearing world.  I cannot believe now, that I clung to those horrible alien type blips for the last 13 years and thought I was "hearing" something.  Yet, those blips were the only connection I had to the hearing world and I was terrified of loosing them.

For me, the CI has already given me back what I lost 13 years ago. This is the easy ability to communicate with the people I love and the friends I enjoy.  The second day after turn on, I told my husband to stop signing to me because I could understand him.  He met and fell in love with me as a deaf woman and always signed, but now.... WOW!  We are having such a great time with this miracle I have been given.  Sunday night we drove around looking at the Christmas lights and in the dark, laughed and talked together.  Then it hit us what a miracle I have been given.

My daughters have their mom back.  Just four days after turn on I sat and talked to my younger daughter on Thanksgiving night.  Later, she and T. and I had our first conversation without any signing from T.  My older daughter was up North and when she came back she met me for lunch and could not believe she was actually talking to her mother easily for the first time since she was 12.  My son left for the Air Force just before turn on, but on Thanksgiving I clearly heard a few words over the speakerphone from him.  He was 5 when I lost my hearing and now his voice is that of a man, not the little boy I remember.  This was a shock.  I look forward to hearing him in person as soon as he has a leave.

The other day a co worker and I walked to get cappuccino.  We were talking and walking.  such an everyday event for most people.  That was the first time I have done that and enjoyed it as I used to enjoy being with people.

For me, my CI brings the sounds I hear very close to what I remember.  I am fascinated with the inflections in people's voices.  So many meanings to just a simple work like "ok".  I love to hear people laugh.  Such a melodious sound.

My bells and music box are constant reminders of what I thought I had lost forever and now have again in my life.

Dr Bartels, I was truly terrified the day before surgery when you told me about my enlarged vestibular aqueducts and the possibility of a spinal fluid leak.  I went home and prayed with my husband.  I wondered if I was doing the right thing by wanting this CI so much.  In the end, my trust in you as a surgeon and my desire to re-enter the hearing world and be the person I was before the deafness won out.

You are my "miracle worker".  The technology of the CI, your expertise, the Audiologists ability to do the mapping when I don't make it easy for her, have all given me back my life.  But unlike hearing people, I have been in another country called, deafness, and will never ever take my hearing or my CI for granted again.

I must admit that when my warning signals beep for the "seat beats" at 6 am, I do tell them... "oh be quiet" and then laugh out loud and correct that statement to be... "no don't ever be quiet again."

Eleanor Roosevelt has said it best when she stated, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." I never gave up wanting to hear again and now I have my dream come true.

My God richly bless you and bless the ability you have as a surgeon.  You are truly one of His angels here on earth to touch lives with miracles.

Merry Christmas,

L.K.

 

Loving Sound

Dear Dr Danner,

I'm still overwhelmed and can't thank you enough for your care and what you did.

The music at Church Sunday was amazing.  With the ladies singing along with the beautiful music it added to my appreciation of my new hearing.  I went home and listened to the HiFi until it was time to go back. Even the sound of traffic is wonderful.

I wish I had the words to express how much I love sounds.  The music I love to listen to already, brought me to real tears and cries of joy to what the Lord has done through His faithful servant.  Don't let me lose my wonder.

God bless you brother,

J.C.

Confidence

Dear Dr Danner,

Words cannot express how thankful I am to you.  You gave me the confidence I needed to get through this.  You should know not all doctors are like you, you are a diamond in the ruff.  I thank God everyday that you were the one to help me through this trying time. I hope you and your family have a great holiday season and may God bless all of you.

Sincerely,

L.B.

Amazing Journey

Thank you so much for everything Dr Danner.  You are an amazing doctor, you have given my little boy a true miracle, you will forever hold a special place in our hearts it has been an amazing journey and I know that one of the most important parts of that journey was you.  I've never known a doctor to stand by his patients the way that you did with our son.  With you we were more than just a number, you treated us with such caring and concern.  Thank you Dr Danner for everything.

M.S.

Life with Cochlear Implants

Dr Bartels,

After I left your office yesterday I wished I had told you how much I appreciated your giving me the cochlear implant so now I'm talking to you.  You made my life so much better than it would have been.

Thank you,

M.W.

Hearing Again

Thank you Dr Danner for giving me back my hearing.  I felt so blessed.  Thank you with all my heart.  You are the best doctor in all the world, nice and patient with your patients.

Thank you so much.  God bless you.

S.G.

Having a Doctor that Listens...

Dear Tampa Bay Hearing & Balance Center,

A couple of reasons for my letter...

First, Dr Bartels hello and a million thanks 20 years later!!! In 1988 you performed what you formerly referred to as a Radical Mastoidectomy w/ Temporal Flap.  Your surgery ended a lifetime of messy ear infections and mind-numbing earaches.  On a side note, I still get a kick out of telling people my ear is sewn closed.  I'll never forget how you treated me and my parents who went to great lengths to find me the best care for my chronic ear trouble.

While I have enjoyed 20 years without any trouble in that ear, I have struggled with symptoms in the remaining ear.  Local ENT's have offered psychiatric referrals, anti-depressants or simply dismissed me as being "dramatic".

Finally, after a lot of years (nineteen to be exact), I contacted your office and explained that I was a patient in 1988 and would like to see you ASAP.  It was explained to me that you didn't have any immediate openings but that there was another doctor within the practice.  My initial response was "NO THANK YOU!!" Fortunately for me, the person on the phone took the time to talk with me about Dr Danner and how particular you were when recruiting for a doctor to join your practice.  Knowing I had visited most of the ENT's in my area, I decided to see Dr Danner.

I came to your center in July and had an extensive and thorough history taken; hearing and balance tests, ect. Then it was time to meet with Dr Danner.  As my appointment came to an end I started to think "What if he tells me I am imagining these symptoms" or "There's nothing to explain this."  It was precisely that moment that he said, "You have a textbook case of Ménière's Disease."  I will never forget what it felt like to know I had found the right person to help me - close attention was paid to my description of the symptoms, someone finally believed me and took the time to explain everything in a way that made sense to me.

So, my second reason for writing you is to thank you for bringing Dr Danner into your practice!!!

The Tampa Bay Hearing & Balance Center, you and Dr Danner are the epitome of what all healthcare should be.  Although I know that for Ménière's sufferers; there really isn't any cure and with my case I am somewhat limited with treatment options having only one hearing ear - having a doctor that that listens, answers questions and appears to be genuinely interested is huge!  Dr Danner has done an exceptional job explaining and making clear the options that are there for me.

I may never be able to adequately express my gratitude or tell you how much it means to be under the care of The Tampa Bay Hearing & Balance center.  I would be honored if you would share my letter, as you have so many that I've read in your waiting room.  Dr Bartels, you and Dr Danner are truly doing God's work and with the bed-side manner and compassion of angels.

Forever grateful to you both,

R.G.

Free of Ménière's Disease

Dear Dr Bartels,

Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping me to be free of Ménière's Disease, which made me miserable for so many years.  Most of my time was spent in bed due to vertigo and its side effects.

I feel God sent me to you and you worked a miracle.  Everyone said there was no cure for this.  Now I am able to go to Church and do the many things I was unable to do and to enjoy life more at 84 years of age.

I wish I could do more to thank you. I will always remember you in my prayers that you have good health, happiness, and success.

Sincerely,

R.J.

Vertigo Driving Me Crazy

Dr Danner,

I really appreciated you taking the time to answer all my questions in my email.  This vertigo can drive a person crazy.  See you next visit.

D.C.

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