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I Love My Cochlear Implant

Dr Bartels,

By the way, I don't know if I have told you yet... but I just LOVE my Cochlear Implant!  I can't live without it!  It is funny now, because sometimes I will forget to bring an extra battery along when I go out with a group of people... when my battery dies... I want NOTHING to do with anymore than 1 person!  It is way too hard to keep up with them!  I practically go outside or leave the group... but that doesn't happen often as I MAKE sure I have plenty of batteries with me now! Also, my husband and other people have told me that my speech drastically changes as soon as the battery shuts off and if I don't put on another battery right away.  Same goes when I am not wearing my processor and then put it on... my speech changes so much!  Pretty neat, eh?  Also, I have had people at work tell me that my speech got a lot better over the summer (since I didn't see them for 2 months).  I thought that was cool, I wasn't even trying.  I just pick up on the sounds and try to better my speech or "copy" what other people's speech sounds like.  It is so important to me that I am being understood.  Also, when I order food or order something at the counter... the salespeople understand me the first time now.  Not the 2nd or 3rd time or have to write it down.  It is such an uplifting experience not to have to work so hard anymore!  At times I wonder how I survived all those years without the CI!  At times I regret not getting it back in 92' when I qualified for it in Kansas City on my way out to a job in Yellowstone National Park.  Oh yeah, another really important issue for with the CI is when people call my name or want my attention... they can get it with no problem... even at 20 ft away!  Children call me and I can hear them most of the time depending on how much noise is going on, ya know.  It is so cool! Also, I can understand my husband when he says short sentences without looking at his lips! I get so tickled when I can do that! Heh heh.  Sometimes I can even hear the other person talking to my husband when he is talking on his cell phone!  I can't wait until the day I can call my husband or mother on the cell phone! I know, I know it will be a long time... but it is worth wishing and hoping for!  I try to encourage my other deaf friends who use the hearing aid like I did to get the CI... boy, everyone is scared of the operation.  I know I was... that is why I waited 10 years... but I try to explain to them that I made that same mistake... However, those deaf friends do live in the deaf world more than I do... so I think that has some influence to it.  I know my agenda was to get more hearing so I could be a better mother to my children... that was my #1 goal in the first place of why I got the CI.  Boy, it has paid off already... I am not even pregnant yet! But we are trying these days... I can't wait and I hope I am not tool old to make it difficult getting pregnant!

Well, I have said a mouthful!  Thank you for your wonderful expertise and helping my life so much! Many people told me that you had the hands of God... well, I am not a religious person (or haven't found my religion yet)... but THAT... I do believe you have the hands of something VERY special along with a very good mind!  Thank you again!

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

S.H.

Great Work

Dear Dr Bartels,

I want to say thank you for the great work that you do.  You performed a stapedectomy on my right ear in September and it is so wonderful to be able to hear again.  Your expertise and skills have given me a gift that has changed my life.  It is so wonderful to be able to converse with people with ease.  You have reopened my world!

Thank you again. Sincerely,

M.M.

God Bless You!

Earaches

Dear Dr Danner,

Since 6 months of age, my daughter had been experiencing horrible earaches, which kept her up at night. She was consistently on antibiotics to clear up the infections.  Her pediatrician recommended us to see an ENT for the possibility of tubes. Well to make a long story short we came to see Dr Danner and we were nothing but satisfied. The nursing staff was always patient with my daughter and always made her feel at home.

On February 1 my 13 month old baby girl had to have surgery.  As a mom, I was devastated, thinking the worst.  Let me be the first to say our experience the day of the surgery was nothing but the best. The hospital nursing staff made sure we as parents knew the entire team that would be with her during her surgery and we were able to ask ample amounts of questions. Although the 10 minutes we were away from our daughter was the hardest thing ever, we knew she was being very well taken care of.

Thank you sincerely.  We are a military family and not having family in town makes every situation, as such, very difficult. You and your staff should feel proud for the great job you all do on a daily basis.

J.W.

An Angel in Tampa

Many years ago I met a crazy lady, and now I am proud to call her my friend.  She and I have bowled together since 1993, we enjoy bowling, bingo and our friendship.  For at least 20 years due to childhood illnesses she has had to wear hearing aides.  Sometimes they irritate her and she keeps them in her purse.  Once and a while they funny bunny gets a hold of me and I would be talking to her and she would say what, what, what.  And I knew she didn't have her aides in, so I would bend down and talk to her purse.  She has learned to live with the loss of hearing for many years. Not knowing there was help available just a phone call a way.  While she was visiting another doctor he suggested she see a very amazing specialist, Dr Bartels.

Dr Bartels is a doctor with a heart of gold, and the gift of healing.  An angel sent from heaven couldn't have been any better then Dr Bartels.  Since her first visit she has had both ears operated on to restore her hearing, and both were very successful.  She no longer has to wear her hearing aides, have the TV up real loud, or have to ask people to repeat what they said.  Just imagine after more than twenty years not being able to hear everything clearly.  And now with that one phone call she can.  Tears came to me quickly when I visited her in the hospital, while she had just come out of surgery and still under the influence of the anesthesia she was able to hear; the first moment she awakened she knew the operation was a success.

My tears where of happiness and sadness.  I was so tremendously happy for my dear friend but saddened for myself.  I also have suffered with a hearing loss for many years.  After my visit with her, I called and made an appointment.  On my first visit with Dr Bartels I was very nervous, afraid I wouldn't be a candidate for the same surgery as my friend, and that possibly I would not get the miracle I so deeply hoped and prayed for.

After going over the basic exam and some questions the great doctor turned to me and said I wasn't going to get the same surgery, my hearing loss was different from hers.  But "I think I can help you."  Tears came freely as I heard these wonderful words coming from this man.  I turned to look at my husband of thirty one years and he was crying.  When I turned back to face Dr Bartels he too had tears in his eyes.  What an amazing man, doctor and angel from God.  Since my first visit I have had my surgery, and happily waiting to have my second.  I can hear.  Everyday I try to tell someone about this wonderful doctor who came into the life of two very lucky ladies.  Please tell someone about this wonderful doctor who came into the life of two very lucky ladies.  Please encourage any one you know that has a hearing problem to seek out a doctor like Dr Bartels.

Miracle

Dear Dr Danner,

As of last Thursday I can hear with my new Cochlear Implant.  It is programmed soft to begin with but I can hear and have a volume control so I can turn it up to hear TV. What a miracle.  Tomorrow I go back for an upgrade.  Each time I go back the hearing will get even better!  I even went to church Sunday and heard most of what the Pastor said.  Unbelievable.

Love to all,

B.S.

Glomus Jugulare Removal

Dear Dr Bartels,

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did removing my glomus jugulare tumor.  I feel so fortunate that I did not suffer any complications or "side effects" and I know that is mainly due to being in the hands of such a skilled surgeon.  I am so glad Dr. D. recommended that I see you.

Sincerely,

D.A.

New Sounds

Dear Dr Bartels,

I have been wearing my processor now for almost five months.  I cannot ever thank God enough for keeping His promise to me that I would hear before I died and I thank Him for sending me to you. I know He is guiding me all the time.

I hear so many things or sounds now.  I hear every day more sounds. Voices are very plain. I wish all the deaf could have the implant so they could hear the birds, the children laugh, your family, and the word of God on Sunday. I can hear the music very well. If only one person is talking or singing I can understand it all but when they add other musical instruments or other voices I cannot get that very good, yet, my hopes still are so high. I can even cut back on some of my anxiety medication now.

Thank you is never enough. I thank God for leading me to you. I will see you again soon for an adjustment to the processor.

Love in Christ,

C.F.

Taking Care of Me

Dear Dr Danner,

I just wanted to say thank you for taking care of me yesterday!  I am resting at home and recovering very well.  I've hardly had any pain, but I do keep asking my mom if she can take the cover off my ear.  She says we can't...

K.E.

Got My Hearing Back

Dear Dr Danner,

Thank you! Due to my health there are many who would not have performed the surgery. I just wanted to thank you for your compassion, patience, and knowledge. Having my hearing back will give me a much better quality of life!

Thanks again,

J.M.

Just Like a Rose

Dear Dr Bartels,

On a recent medical visit, a new physician reviewed my medical history.   As she came upon the notation of the removal of an acoustic neuroma on my left balance and hearing nerve, she quickly looked up at my face.  The first thing she asked me was, "Who was your doctor?"  I smiled and told her that I was very fortunate to have been under your care in Tampa, FL.  This is not the first time I have been asked this question.

To update you, in 1998 and 1997, I had MRI's.  Both were negative for any tumor on the right side and any re-growth on the left side.  Over the years, I have managed to compensate for the lack of stereo hearing.  But after all these years, my right ear is now getting tired of doing the work of two.  I've tried a CROS aid and a digital hearing aid but caused more problems than assistance.

Twenty years ago, I woke up in ICU.  You asked me to smile.  When I did, you said, "Just like a rose!" That rose has continued to blossom and grow thanks to your skills as a surgeon.  I remarried and graduated from college ten years ago.  There is only one way to express my gratitude for giving me the rest of my life, thank you.

Sincerely yours,

N.R.

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