Many children and families in the Treasure Valley area know me as “Dr. Jess”, a pediatric audiologist at Idaho Elks Hearing & Balance Center. I have been practicing pediatric audiology in Boise since 2006.
In 2009, my son Briggs was born. Briggs passed his newborn hearing screening in both ears. Briggs had several medical problems in his first couple years of life including chronic ear infections, severe food and environmental allergies, eczema, plagiocephaly and torticollis. In August 2014, Briggs ruptured his left eardrum, which left him with a permanent conductive hearing loss. Even though I am a pediatric audiologist, our family’s hearing loss journey has had ups and downs. I love being involved in Idaho Hands & Voices because it gives me an opportunity to learn from other parents and to share our family’s journey.