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Hearing Instrument Specialist
My name is Craig Burkey. I have been working for High Country Hearing, and now Intermountain Audiology since 2006. I grew up in Casper, WY, but moved to the Wind River Valley in 2003.
Before pursuing a career in hearing care I was an Optician both in Casper and in Riverton. In my time as an Optician, and now as a Nationally Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist I realize how important our senses are to living an active life.
Whether vision, or now hearing, the work I do with patients is an uplifting and rewarding endeavor in keeping patients connected to their friends and family with restored senses. I enjoy seeing a patient’s face light up when they hear new things for the first time (or first time in years)….and that is priceless!
Eric W. Nilsson
BC-HIS Nationally Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist
To be perfectly honest, when I was growing up, I was dead set on becoming a professional golfer. Hearing was the family business, but I saw myself as more of an Arnold Palmer, and aside from helping out occasionally in the office, I never really envisioned myself in this position. But of course, serendipity knew better than I did. While I went off to college on a golf scholarship, I ended up graduating with a wife, a little boy, and an internship with my dad at Nilsson Hearing.
When my wife and I found out we were having twins a little later, I wanted to continue my internship with my dad and have the ability to stay with my growing family every day. My father had been an amazing role model for me. He was always there for us and came to every school event or sports game. In a nutshell, he supported every dream I had, and I knew I wanted to be that kind of father for my son and our two new arrivals. So, I left golf behind, started work to become a Hearing Instrument Specialist, and never looked back.
The family business turned out to be even more enjoyable and fun than I had thought and I still look forward to each day on the job. After all, I get to meet people from all walks of life, hear their stories, and help them improve their lives. Family is so important to me (and working in a family business has its advantages there), so when I can help someone reconnect with their own family and experience a happier, fuller life… I’ve realized that there really isn’t a more rewarding feeling out there.
We have people come in who have been isolated from their friends and family for years. Some have had bad experiences, and others don’t even realize how isolated they are until we open the door for them. Restoring and improving hearing can have a total 180-degree effect on their lives. I’ve had some clients cry tears of joy in the office because they are so happy to once again feel that connection with their world. It’s an incredibly fulfilling feeling.
Of course, there are always some challenges along the way. We try so hard here, so on those rare occasions when we’re not able to quite reach a patient’s hearing goals and give them overall completeness, it can be a hard pill to swallow. There are only so many things we can do to help patients get around the barriers, but we will do whatever we can (and then some) to try and help.
And that inspires us to keep on growing. Our goal is to reach as many people looking for help as possible, and to help them reach the happiness they’ve been searching for. All of that passion for excellence comes along with the best service possible. Without that, growth wouldn’t be worth it.
In and out of the clinic, I get to spend time with my amazing family. My wife and I met in college and were inseparable right from the first date. After ten years of marriage, we have four awesome little boys that love to explore the world with us. We all like to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing, camping, hiking– you name it, we’re doing it! And when it comes to sports, we’re all game. Right now, soccer is the family favorite although with basketball season picking up, soccer might have some competition. So far, we haven’t had the opportunity to really get them excited about golf, but I think I could swing them my way!
Looking back, I can’t help but think that while this might not have been the goal I’d been working towards when I first set out, it’s the career I was meant to pursue. Between the family I’m able to spend each day with, and the families we’re able to help, I know I’m on the right course.
Patient Experience Coordinator
Bio coming soon.