Monica Wiser Wants You to Hear the Beauty that Surrounds You

By Wendy Pollitzer

Featured in The Island News

November 4, 2010

Monica Wiser

Monica Wiser, a local audiologist, can relate to the challenges of hearing loss. She is hearing impaired herself.

Diagnosed at 6-years-old, she shares the disability with an older brother and sister. Three of the five siblings are blonde, blue-eyed and hearing impaired.

But that has never stopped Monica Wiser from pursuing her dreams and communicating her knowledge and wisdom with the world, even the silent world.

In 1994, Monica obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Northridge in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She graduated at the top of her class and was named Student of the Year by the National Center on Deafness.  In 1996, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Audiology at San Diego State University. Graduating with a 4.0 GPA, she was designated as the Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Communicative Disorders.

She completed her Clinical Fellowship Year at the V.A. Medical Center in Long Beach and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association in 1997. Monica has worked as a clinical audiologist for a private ENT practice, as the Staff Audiologist for a medical center, and as the Clinical Supervisor in a dispensing practice.

Wiser now owns Beaufort Audiology and Hearing Care, located at 38 Professional Village Circle on Lady’s Island (behind Sonic). Her slogan? “Hear the Beauty that surrounds you.”

“Everyone thinks of beauty in visual terms. But think about music, children’s laughter and the sounds of nature. I am often inspired by a prayer, written by Msgr. Donald Horak, from which my office was blessed,” explains Wiser as she points to the framed prayer on her wall in the waiting room (please see below).

So what does Wiser have to offer that most audiologists don’t? Well, imagine buying a car. Let’s say the person selling you the car also has to teach you how to drive the car. Now imagine that person as someone who has never driven. Why would you buy something and learn how to use it from someone who doesn’t understand it himself?

Well, there are actually more makes and models of hearing aids than cars out there, believe it or not. Wiser is efficient with not only her service and expertise, but also her compassion and time.  She counsels every patient on the most effective communication strategy for their particular hearing loss as well as their family members and teachers.

Wiser can determine the degree of hearing loss with a diagnostic hearing test, which must be administered by a professional, licensed Audiologist.

It is important to get a hearing test, so that an audiologist can either refer a patient for medical treatment or establish an assessment of non-medical treatment. Unfortunately in the State of South Carolina, there is no law that requires a license for the sale of hearing aids.

And there is no age stipulation to hearing loss. In fact, teenagers now are losing their hearing at a much faster rate. The prevalence of hearing loss in teenagers rose by nearly one-third in recent years compared with the rate in the 1980s and 1990s, a new study shows. In the August 18 Journal of the American Medical Association, the scientists report that the portion of U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 19 with any hearing loss rose from 14.9 percent during the 1988 to 1995 period to 19.5 percent in 2005 and 2006.

If you suspect hearing loss of a family member, there is no reason you shouldn’t get it checked out. Medicare covers a diagnostic hearing test and most insurance companies cover the evaluation as well.

“As an Audiologist for 13 years and as a person who has had a hearing loss all of my life, the care and treatment of people with hearing disorders is of great personal importance to me. Every person suffering from a hearing disorder deserves thorough, professional, compassionate treatment. My goal is to provide the highest standard of care to every patient,” explains Wiser.

Thank you Monica for meeting with me and sharing your personal struggle with hearing loss. I am confident that your patients are thankful for your professional and compassionate service as well.

Blessed are You, Lord Our God, for the Gift of Hearing

In the fullness of our persons, we praise You, Lord our God,

Because You are a God of ten thousand gifts.

We are grateful, in this prayer,

For the marvel of hearing

By which we can know the songs of creation,

Your unending melody of beauty,

Expressed in words, wind, and whispers.

With open ears,

We take in the joy of music,

The delight of poetry

And the simple songs of daily life.

For all of these blessings, we are filled with gratitude.

We rejoice that You have given us a third ear,

The ear of the heart, the ear of the soul,

With which we may listen to silent sound,

To the silent music of Your Divine Heart.

Help us, Lord,

By quiet prayer and times of silence,

To open the third ear

And to heal the other two of all noise.

We are also thankful

For those persons who teach us how to listen:

For poets, musicians,

Parents, prophets, care providers and teachers.

Grateful are we, for that long line of holy people

From the East and the West,

Who teach us to listen

For the echo of Your divine voice

In all words of truth.

For your powerful yet gentle Word, Jesus,

Whose Good News cleanses our ears,

We are especially thankful.

With listening hearts and grateful prayers

We adore You, Divine Master.

Blessed are You, Lord our God

For the gift of hearing.

Amen.

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