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2016 Hearing Aid Contest Winner


Bay County, FL – The Hearing Institute is proud to announce the winner of their Hearing Aid Contest.  Mr. Gregory Newberry, a drawing and painting instructor at Mosley High School was chosen based on an essay written by his son, Trevor.  The essay outlined the various ways lack of hearing had affected his father, but the final paragraph held the most impact:  “I wanted to give him something he has loved his entire life: his hearing, and his ability to experience life beyond vision, and to hear every note of the music he loves.”

Gregory Newberry used to be a musician in a rock band and feels as if that was the root of his hearing loss.  “Being able to hear means everything to me, but hearing aids have been cost prohibitive for me. I’ve had years of problems, especially when trying to hear soft-spoken students.  And now, I have a new grandson I want to interact with, so quite frankly, I feel as if I’ve just won a Maserati!”

Mr. Newberry was fit with the newest, top-of-the-line technology (ReSound LiNX2) and will have the ability to stream music and phone calls, as well as make volume and sound quality adjustments, all from his smartphone.  The ReSound LiNX2 is the most awarded hearing device in hearing aid history.  This device has been rated #1 in sound quality and reliability.

For more information on this innovative product, contact The Hearing Institute to schedule a meeting with one of our audiologists.  (850) 784-7722, Ext 124.

Dr. Amanda Greenwell shown with Mr. Gregory Newberry, The Hearing Institute’s Hearing Aid Contest Award Winner.  Mr. Newberry is a drawing and painting instructor at Mosley High School and was chosen based on an essay from his son, Trevor.  “After experiencing years of hearing problems, I feel as if I’ve just won a Maserati!

About Us

For more than two decades, Gulf Coast Facial Plastics & ENT has been dedicated to providing Northwest Florida with the highest quality medical care and treatment for hearing and balance disorders. 

At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics & ENT, we recognized a need for a comprehensive and customized treatment for our patients with hearing loss. The Hearing Institute was created and services added to offer expert advice from doctorate-level audiologists. These audiologists come with a wealth of knowledge on the latest technology and treatment options for our patients. By leveraging the latest hearing aid technology and healthcare advancements, we are confident we can help to improve your quality of life through better hearing. 

The Hearing Institute offers a wide range of specialized treatment options for Hearing Loss caused by: 

  • Age
  • Genetic
  • ‍Ototoxicity – Drug Related
  • Noise
  • Middle Ear Issues

Meet our Staff Audiologists

Kathryn M. Alba, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Alba received her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. She received her Master of Arts in Communication Disorders and her B.A. in Sociology from that same university.

She has been a Certified member of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A) and a Fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology since 2009, and is licensed in both Ohio and Florida.

Her graduate research was done on the status and trends in services to persons with developmental disabilities in the US.

She has more than seven years’ experience in working with ear, nose, and throat physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Amanda K. Greenwell, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Greenwell is a Certified Clinical Audiologist, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed by the Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She obtained her B.S. in Secondary Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While completing her clinical doctorate, Dr. Greenwell presented at the Indiana Speech Language and Hearing Association’s Annual conference regarding her clinical research study, “Effects of Acoustic Stimulation on Speech Perception Abilities of Adolescents and Adults with Dyslexia”.

Dr. Greenwell has experience in a variety of hearing healthcare facilities, including extensive experience during her fourth year externship at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center, an eight physician ENT practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Greenwell has experience diagnosing and treating both pediatric and adult populations with hearing and balance issues.

Born and raised in Indiana, Dr. Greenwell has been with Gulf Coast Facial Plastics & ENT Center and The Hearing Institute since November 2015 and is looking forward to calling Northwest Florida home.