Audiology SpotlightGet to Know Your Audiologist
Jenna Maria Palazzolo, Au.D., CCC-A
LA Hearing Center, Lewiston, ME
Get to Know Your Audiologist
Where are you from originally?
Why did you choose a career in audiology?
Growing up, my father always had a hearing loss in his left ear but I never understood why or how it affected him on a day to day basis. After studying a brief section on Audiology in my undergraduate studies, I fell in love with the profession and really wanted to continue on to help those whom hearing loss affected the most. After graduating, I was able to fit my Dad with his first hearing aid and it was such a rewarding experience.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Being able to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them hear is so rewarding! The smiles, tears, and laughter that come from being able to hear clearly for the first time in years never loses its value. It really is a wonderful profession.
What is your favorite restaurant in the Lewiston, Maine area?
I love being able to explore outside of my surroundings and travel to Portland. I absolutely love the Grille Room in Portland. It’s such a wonderful treat whenever we have the chance to make it down to Portland.
Do you play a musical instrument, or sing?
When I was in High School at McAuley I sang in the All Girls Choir and also for Districts II. When I moved onto the University of Maine, I sang for Bear Vocals (mixed a cappella) and also for the University of Maine Singers. We toured throughout New England performing up to 3 concerts a day. It was so much fun!
Coffee or tea?
I absolutely love a great cup of hot coffee!
Flower garden, vegetable garden or neither?
I love to grow vegetables during the summertime. My kids love to help me out so I can’t say we always end up with a lot of crop because of their “help” but it’s a great project for our family. I absolutely love revitalizing and saving Orchids. I will purchase them from stores when they’re about to be “thrown out” and will nurse them back to health for future gifts or décor around our home.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
I absolutely love Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It is so beautiful! I love being able to play tennis in the morning and swim at the beach during the day!
Do you like to cook? If you do, what is your favorite thing to cook?
My father in law has AMAZING Italian recipes that I’ve slowly been mastering. One of my favorites to cook would be Chicken Cacciatore. I love making enough to freeze to have for future meals when our family is on the go!
When is it time to seek professional help?
As soon as you feel you are experiencing difficulty hearing and/or understanding conversations, especially if you have begun AVOIDING situations and activities that you enjoy because of your hearing difficulties.
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