• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Hearing loss spurs doctor to pay it forward

March 26, 2017

Greta smiling and talking with patientToday, Greta Stamper, Au.D., Ph.D., is a doctor of audiology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. But her connection to Mayo Clinic dates all the way back to her childhood.

Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Stamper was introduced to Mayo at age 10, when her parents took her to see Michael Schultz, Au.D., an audiologist in the Mayo Clinic Health System. Diagnosed with a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at age 8, she had made many visits to hearing health care professionals before she met Dr. Schultz. But he was different.

“Dr. Schultz was the first person who I could actually talk to about my hearing loss, and he helped me tremendously throughout my adolescence when I struggled to accept my hearing loss,” says Dr. Stamper, recalling daily challenges with peers who didn’t realize she had difficulty with her hearing.

With Dr. Schultz’s encouragement, Dr. Stamper went on to pursue a career in audiology, graduating in 2009 from the University of Iowa with a doctorate of audiology. Then she was selected to complete a one-year audiology externship at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Florida. Read the rest of Greta's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.