Our Doctors

Introducing the Live Better Team

When it comes to your hearing health, trust our hearing healthcare specialists to help you communicate better with the world around you. We offer extensive hearing and balance evaluations and recommendations based on results. Our treatment includes hearing aids that we fit, adjust, program, clean and service as needed.

Would you benefit from a hearing aid? Our doctors are dedicated to finding the right hearing instrument for every individual’s needs, which is why we offer devices from the leading hearing aid manufacturers. If you’re looking for specific hearing aid types, styles or features, our professionals will help you find the right fit.

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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Jenifer Cushing

Dr. Jenifer Cushing

Audiologist, Director Of Professional Development

Jenifer Cushing, Au.D. is the professional director of Live Better Hearing and primary audiologist in the Rockville and Frederick offices location.

She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Audiology from the University at Buffalo and, while there, published over twenty peer reviewed scientific articles while working at the Center for Hearing and Deafness, more than any other graduating audiology clinician before her. Her expertise is in hearing diagnostics and hearing aids, and she has a unique expertise in electrophysiological measures because of her graduate research.

Education/Training

  • Au.D. From University at Buffalo
  • B.A. Hearing Speech Science from University of Maryland at College Park

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Audiology License
  • Audiology license in District of Columbia

Specialty Areas

  • Assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in patients of all ages

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Dr. Alyssa Bhat

Dr. Alyssa Bhat

Audiologist

Dr. Alyssa Bhat is the audiologist at our offices in Midlothian and West End. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Bhat earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Ohio State University in Ohio, where she also minored in Disability studies.

She subsequently went on to pursue her doctorate degree at Northwestern University, eventually joining Ohio ENT and Allergy Physicians/ Hearing Health solutions as a doctoral resident before graduating and becoming a full-time audiologist at Live Better Hearing. Her clinical rotations also included Northwestern Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center, Hearing Professionals of Illinois, and Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning . Her doctoral thesis, “Hidden Hearing Loss,” concentrated on patients’ difficulty with speech-in-noise utilizing electrophysiology, auditory processing tasks, otoacoustic emissions, subjective questionnaires, and other audiological assessments.

Dr. Bhat specializes in diagnostic hearing testing and vestibular assessments. She places a great deal of emphasis on health literacy among patients from all backgrounds, and she enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities. Her clinical interests include tinnitus management, hearing aids, implantable devices, and auditory processing across the lifespan.

Outside of the office, Dr. Bhat likes to spend time hiking outdoors, cooking, baking, and playing with her two dogs.

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Brandon Adawi

Brandon Adawi

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Brandon Adawi is a Hearing Instrument Specialist at our location in Frederick, Maryland. Originally from California, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Brigham Young University in Idaho in 2013.

Brandon became interested in hearing aids when he happened upon a booth at a career fair. He was hired as a trainee and underwent a rigorous apprenticeship program in the Chicago area, learning the skills that would launch his career. After completing his apprenticeship, he became a Hearing Instrument Specialist, relocated to be closer to his wife’s family, and is currently licensed to dispense hearing aids in Maryland. This license primarily focuses on hearing testing and hearing aid fitting, which is specialized enough to allow him to hone his craft daily.

Brandon has always loved staying informed about the latest consumer electronics and has carried that interest to the constantly updating world of hearing aids. When contemplating the evolving industry, Brandon recalls a quote by Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine: “Embrace things rather than try and fight them. Work with things rather than try and run from them or prohibit them.”

Brandon is an avid consumer of audiobooks, powering through them during his daily commute from his West Virginia home. He finds his “why” in the following passage by Atul Gawande from the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End:”

“You become a [provider] for what you imagine to be the satisfaction of the work. And that turns out to be the satisfaction of competence… It comes partly from being helpful to others. But it also comes from being technically skilled and able to solve difficult, intricate problems. Your competence gives you a secure sense of identity. For a clinician therefore, nothing is more threatening to who you think you are than a patient with a problem you cannot solve.”

He finds a sense of personal pride in fitting hearing aids correctly, especially in the more complicated cases where some others might take shortcuts. He prides himself on his expertise at using silicone material to take ear impressions, an often overlooked yet important skill which requires confidence and precision and allows the most comfortable and precise fit for better sound quality. He has also trained other professionals in taking flawless impressions.

When he is not at the office, he’s often thinking about work but he also loves spending time with his wife and three young sons.

Education/Training

  • B.A. in Communication at Brigham Young University Idaho

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Hearing Instrument Specialist license #02761

Specialty Areas

  • Hearing Aids

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“Society is secretly driven by sales.” – Peter Thiel

Awards & Honors

 

Dr. Rebecca Book

Dr. Rebecca Book

Audiologist

Dr. Rebecca Book is one of the Audiologists at our office in Pasadena, Maryland. A Baltimore native, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Deaf Studies and her Doctorate in Audiology from Towson University. Her doctoral thesis concentrated on the design of a classroom screening protocol for school-age children. Since graduating, she has worked at Johns Hopkins, Bayview and has experience working closely with ENT physicians. She has been working in a private practice setting for more than ten years.

Dr. Book is passionate about helping her local community by providing care to people with hearing loss. Her expertise in digital hearing aid technology and diagnostics enables her to provide high-quality care while forming meaningful relationships with her patients.

When she is not in the office, Dr. Book enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her toddler.

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole

Audiologist

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole is the Audiologist at our offices in Annapolis and Ellicott City, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Pharmacology and Rehabilitation Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and Louisiana State University Medical Center, respectively. She also obtained Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in geriatric clinical health issues. Dr. Cole relocated to Maryland in 1997 to pursue studies in Audiology at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in 2002 and Doctor of Audiology degree in 2014.

She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and is state-licensed. Professional memberships include: Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology; The American Board of Audiology; the American Speech and Hearing Language Association (ASHA); the International Hearing Society (IHS); and the American Academy of Audiology (Fellow-AAA). In June of 2015, Dr. Cole was appointed to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists. Dr. Cole’s dissertation focused on the impact of cognition (working memory) and hearing loss on speech perception in the geriatric population, for which she was awarded the 2014 Student Mentored American Auditory Society Award.

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole is dedicated to the provision of excellent hearing/balance healthcare. She ensures her ability to provide the best clinical services to her patients by maintaining cutting-edge knowledge of auditory/vestibular methodology. Her areas of expertise include audiological rehabilitation (i.e. hearing aids/amplification systems), cognition (working memory) and speech perception, and vestibular/balance testing and rehabilitation. It is important to her that each patient is educated on his or her hearing/balance status and applies this information to determine the best course of individualized treatment. Dr. Cole resides with her husband and daughter, Camille, in Ellicott City, Maryland. She enjoys white-water rafting, traveling, furniture restoration, and most of all, gardening.

Education/Training

  • B.S.: Pharmacology @ Xavier University of Louisiana
  • B.S.& M.S. in Rehabiliation Science @ Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in geriatric clinical health issues
  • M.A. and Au.D./Ph.D in Audiology @ Univerisity of Maryland College Park

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Audiology License
  • Louisiana Audiology License
  • Maryland Board of Examiners Member

Specialty Areas

  • Assessment and treatments of hearing and balance disorders

Quote

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and loving how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

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Dr. Breanna Collins

Dr. Breanna Collins

Audiologist

Breanna Collins, Au.D. is clinical specialist in hearing aids, advanced hearing testing as well as advanced balance testing and rotary chair. Dr. Collins enjoys helping people and developing long term relationships with her patients. She works with patients of all ages, and is up to date on all the latest technology.
Breanna graduated from Towson University with her doctorate in audiology and also Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Education/Training

  • B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders @ The Pennsylvania State University
  • Au.D. @ Towson University
  • Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Audiology License
  • Specialty Areas

  • Diagnostics
  • Hearing Aids
  • Dr. Sidorela Doçi

    Dr. Sidorela Doçi

    Audiologist

    Dr. Sidorela Doçi is the Audiologist at our offices in Midlothian and Richmond, Virginia. She is originally from Bronx, NY, and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated with a Doctorate in Audiology from Syracuse University and, while there, worked at the Auditory Electrophysiology Lab where she gained extensive knowledge in electrophysiological measures. She completed her residency at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she performed hearing, balance, and auditory processing evaluations. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology (CCC-A) and is licensed in the state of Virginia.

    Dr. Doçi enjoys working with people of all ages providing hearing and balance healthcare. She values patient education and enjoys ensuring the patient is informed about their hearing and balance testing and treatment options.

    In her spare time, Sidorela likes to stay active with her two Siberian Huskies, Denali and Elias and trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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    Dr. Karlee Ertter

    Dr. Karlee Ertter

    Audiologist

    Dr. Karlee Ertter is an Audiologist at our offices in Pikesville and Pasadena, Maryland. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania called Ebensburg, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Sciences, and Disorders from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. She graduated from Towson University with her Doctorate in Audiology, where she completed her thesis project, “Evaluating Quality of Life in Cochlear Implant Candidates/Recipients Using the ModNCIQ,” with 4 hearing healthcare professionals to modify a questionnaire that can be used in clinical practice. Her clinical rotations included ENTAA Care, Lincoln Intermediate Unit in York, PA, Baltimore Veteran’s Administration, and here at Live Better Hearing, where she completed her 4th-year externship.

    Dr. Ertter’s primary audiological interests are hearing aids and providing hearing healthcare needs to patients of all ages. Her cheerful, warm personality and desire to help others enable her to provide quality care at each appointment. She finds great joy in seeing the smiles on her patients’ faces during their hearing aid fitting appointments, and is delighted in knowing that she is bettering people’s lives by providing hearing healthcare.

    In her spare time, Karlee likes to read and stay active through running and boot camp classes. She enjoys cheering on all Penn State sports teams and spending time with her family and close friends.

    Education/Training

    • B.S. in Communications, Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University
    • Au.D. from Towson University

    Licenses & Certifications

    • Maryland Audiology License

    Specialty Areas

    • Diagnostics
    • Hearing aid evaluations and fittings

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    Dr. Shelley Hamilton

    Dr. Shelley Hamilton

    Audiologist

    Dr. Shelley Hamilton is a NJ Licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser with over 20 years of experience in various settings. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of Maryland in College Park; she then earned her Masters of Arts degree from Trenton State College, where she had clinic rotations in private practices, campus clinics, and Outpatient VA Centers. In 2005, she received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Science.

    Dr. Hamilton started her career with the New York City Board of Education, providing deaf and hard of hearing children with classroom and personal FM systems throughout Brooklyn. In 1998, she moved back to the Jersey Shore, where she worked in private audiology and hearing aid dispensing practices throughout the state until 2011. She worked for audiologic equipment manufacturers as an Account Executive and Field Trainer until 2017 before returning to direct patient care with an ENT practice.

    Dr. Hamilton enjoys working with older patients, guiding them on their journey to better hearing and an improved quality of life. Setting realistic expectations and improving communication for patients and their families motivates her in her work.

    Dr. Hamilton currently lives in Sea Girt with her son, Jack. She enjoys walking on the boardwalk, attending music festivals, solving jigsaw puzzles, and reading mystery novels. She is also an avid New York Ranger fan.

    Education/Training

    • Arizona School Of Health Sciences, Mesa, Az, Doctor Of Audiology
    • College Of New Jersey, Trenton, Nj, Master Of Arts Degree: Audiology
    • University Of Maryland, College Park, Md, Bachelor Of Arts: Hearing And Speech Science

    Specialty Areas

    • Diagnosis and management of audiological and vestibular pathologies
    • Cochlear implants
    • OAE
    • ABR
    • VNG
    • Tinnitus management
    • Aural rehabilitation
    • Central auditory processing
    • Hearing conservation
    • Cerumen management

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    Dr. Allison Heuber

    Dr. Allison Heuber

    Audiologist

    Dr. Allison Heuber is the Audiologist at our office in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park. She then earned her Masters of Science degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences and her Doctorate in Audiology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Her doctoral thesis focused on the impact of using one hearing aid and one cochlear implant on an individual’s working and short-term memory. She completed clinical rotations in various settings including The Johns Hopkins Listening Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Potomac Audiology, and Professional Hearing Services, where she completed her 4th-year residency.

    Dr. Heuber’s audiological interests include hearing technology, tinnitus management, aural rehabilitation, and memory/cognition. She is dedicated to helping people effectively communicate with their friends and family, as well as easing their concerns about their hearing loss and/or their bothersome tinnitus.

    Dr. Heuber is a gifted linguist. She studied Linguistics in college, took French and Italian classes, and is nearly fluent in Spanish. In graduate school, she also became proficient in American Sign Language. In her free time, she attends Orange Theory fitness classes, where she lifts weights, practices yoga, and runs. She also loves spending time with her family and watching independent movies.

    Education/Training

    • B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from University of Maryland at College Park
    • Au.D. from Gallaudet University
      • Licenses & Certifications

        • Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Audiology Licenses
        • Virginia Hearing Aid Dispensing License
        • ASHA Certification (CCC-A)
          • Specialty Areas

            • Diagnostics
            • Hearing aids
            • Balance
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                Quote
                “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

    Dr. Kristen Hood

    Dr. Kristen Hood

    Audiologist

    Dr. Kristen Hood is the Audiologist at the offices in Ashburn and Leesburg, Virginia. She is originally from New Market, Maryland and currently resides in Middletown, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University and her Doctorate in Audiology from West Virginia University. She completed her residency at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia and her graduate thesis, “Audiology Awareness of Undecided College Students,” was published in The Hearing Journal.

    Born with a hearing loss, Dr. Hood understands what her patients experience on a personal level. She enjoys being able to share her own experiences with people as she helps them improve their health and ability to communicate with loved ones. Along with building lasting, meaningful relationships with her patients, Dr. Hood is also very passionate about raising awareness of the field of Audiology. She is licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    Outside of the office, Dr. Hood enjoys boating and camping with her husband and their Great Dane, Maiden. She also loves exploring new restaurants and breweries.

    Education/Training

    • A.A. in Business Administration @ Frederick Community College
    • B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology @ Towson University
    • Au.D. @ West Virginia University

    Licenses & Certifications

    • Board certified in Maryland
    • Virginia HIS License

    Specialty Areas

    • Diagnostics
    • Hearing aid evaluations and fittings

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    Awards & Honors

    Dr. Sandra Kuhn

    Dr. Sandra Kuhn

    Audiologist

    Sandra Fields Kuhn is an audiologist trained in identifying hearing problems and managing those who cannot be treated medically. Sandra specializes in pediatric, geriatric, and educational audiology, as well as current hearing aid technology. She holds a doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and is involved in several professional associations.

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    Dr. Cindy Leeb

    Dr. Cindy Leeb

    Audiologist

    Dr. Cindy Leeb is a highly regarded expert in audiology in Montgomery County, Maryland. She has been an audiologist with Live Better Hearing + Balance since 1015. Dr. Leeb earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and her Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University.

    Dr. Leeb loves facilitating positive transformations in her patients’ lives by helping patients achieve their best hearing through state-of-the-art technology. She finds fulfillment in helping people reconnect with family and friends and engage in activities that they have not been able to enjoy due to hearing loss. She also celebrates each little victory with her patients, such as turning down the television, so the rest of the family is happy with the volume or actively participates in group discussions and family gatherings.

    In her free time, Dr. Leeb enjoys baking and cake decorating, as well as spending time with her husband and two children.

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    Dr. Amanda Reed

    Dr. Amanda Reed

    Audiologist

    Dr. Amanda Reed is an Audiologist at our offices in Frederick and Pikesville, Maryland. She is originally from East Meadow, New York and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where she also played Division II softball.

    After that, she went on to pursue her doctorate degree at Towson University, eventually joining Live Better Hearing as a doctoral resident before graduating and becoming a full-time audiologist at our practice. Her clinical rotations also included Maryland School for the Deaf, Chesapeake Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians, and St. Agnes Hospital. Her doctoral thesis, “Simulation Techniques in Audiology Education,” concentrated on the effectiveness of simulators to train student clinicians, specifically in the field of audiology.

    Dr. Reed specializes in diagnostic hearing testing and vestibular assessments. She is fluent in American Sign Language, which enables her to communicate effectively with people in the Deaf community. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities.

    When she isn’t at the office, Amanda likes to spend time outdoors and travel to visit her friends and family.

    Education/Training

    • B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology @ East Stroudsburg University
    • Au.D. at Towson University

    Licenses & Certifications

    • Maryland Audiology License

    Specialty Areas

    • Diagnostics
    • Balance
    • Hearing Aids

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    Quote

    “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

    Dr. Abigail Ritinski

    Dr. Abigail Ritinski

    Audiologist

    Abigail Ritinski is the provider in our Waldorf location. She was born in Rhode Island but grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. She earned her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University and holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Rhode Island. Abigail’s audiological interests include digital hearing technology and vestibular testing. She enjoys helping patients set goals to improve their quality of life and working with them individually to ensure they meet those goals. At each appointment, she is dedicated to ensuring the best possible patient experience. Additionally, she takes great care in working with the dizzy population in diagnosing and treating if possible. Abigail greatly values the importance of leaving one’s comfort zone in the pursuit of learning new skills and bettering oneself. She has strengthened her communication, time management, and interpersonal skills by working in various customer service positions, as well as substitute teaching. During her down time, she enjoys hiking along nature trails with her dog and is an avid New England sports fan.

    Education/Training

    • B.S. in Communicative Disorders at University of Rhode Island
    • Au.D. from Salus University

    Licenses & Certifications

    • Maryland Audiology License

    Specialty Areas

    • Balance
    • Diagnostics
    • Hearing aids

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    Quote

      “If there is no struggle there is no progress”- Frederick Douglass
    Dr. Daniel Shearer

    Dr. Daniel Shearer

    Audiologist

    Dr. Daniel Shearer is the audiologist at our Fredericksburg, VA office. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and a clinical doctorate from James Madison University. He spent the beginning of his career in Delaware, providing care for patients from birth to beyond 100 years old, and spent three years as the audiologist at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. He later joined Live Better Hearing + Balance to focus his skills on helping patients improve their hearing health.

    Dr. Shearer loves meeting new patients, identifying the unique ways their hearing loss impacts their daily lives and exploring the tailored options for improving their access to the sounds of the world around them. He has specialized training in testing children and guiding their parents toward the best possible outcomes. Working in collaboration with his adult patients, he helps to set individual expectations and works diligently to meet each person’s hearing goals.

    Dr. Shearer lives in Richmond with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. He volunteers his time collaborating with newborn screeners in Virginia. He is the Clinical Director for the Healthy Hearing program of the Virginia Special Olympics Summer Games. In their free time, his family enjoys hiking, swimming, and discovering new areas of the community around them. When he’s not on the ground searching for bugs with his daughter, he is in the kitchen cooking or baking something new.

    Education/Training

    • Bachelors and Doctorate degrees, James Madison University

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    Dr. Shannon Wrabel

    Dr. Shannon Wrabel

    Audiologist

    Dr. Shannon Wrabel is the Audiologist at our office in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. She received her Doctorate in Audiology from Towson University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

    Her graduate clinical rotations included the Baltimore County School System, Saint Agnes Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore Veterans Administration. Her main interests include hearing aids, assistive listening devices and the geriatric population. She has been servicing the hearing healthcare needs of patients in the Lutherville-Timonium area since 2006, eventually joining Live Better Hearing in 2012. Dr. Wrabel values continuous education, staying informed on all new technology releases; she prides herself on being able to service all makes and models of hearing aids. Her primary focuses are customer service, attention to detail, and exceeding the expectations of her patients.

    In 2017, Dr. Wrabel received a Guiding Principles Award for her outstanding work ethic and performance, particularly her willingness to spend time training new staff members.

    Education/Training

    • B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • West Virginia University Au.D. Towson University
    • Licenses & Certifications
    • Maryland Audiology License
    • Specialty Areas
    • Hearing aids and other assistive listening devices

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    Quote

    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    Casey O’Neill

    Casey O’Neill

    Audiology Resident

    Casey O’Neill is an Audiology Resident at the Live Better Hearing + Balance from Towson University. As a graduate student, her thesis project was entitled, “Localization of High-Frequency Noise with Traditional Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplification Products.” Some of the most significant accomplishments of her college career include graduating from the Honors College, presenting research with a faculty member on complex auditory perception tasks, and volunteering with Special Olympics Healthy Hearing. Casey loves audiology because it allows her to work with people of all ages and form strong relationships with her patients. Outside of work, she loves to play tennis, spend time at the beach, and relax with family and friends.

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    Alanna Schloss

    Alanna Schloss

    Audiology Resident

    Alanna Schloss is a 4th-year audiology resident from the University of Maryland. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. Alanna enjoys getting to know her patients and loves that audiology allows her to connect with people of all ages. She treasures knowing that by providing personalized hearing healthcare, there is a significant improvement in a patient’s quality of life. Alanna’s capstone project, titled “Role of the Auditory Periphery in Self-Assessment of Hearing Abilities in Younger and Older Adults,” is currently under review to be published in Hearing Research. Additionally, she has presented posters regarding her research at the American Auditory Society and Association for Research in Otolaryngology annual conferences. Her clinical rotations include the Kennedy Krieger Institute, NIH, and Live Better Hearing. In her free time, Alanna likes listening to live music, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Quinn.

    Ashly Wilcox

    Ashly Wilcox

    Audiology Resident

    Ashly Wilcox is an audiology resident at Live Better Hearing + Balance from Central Michigan University. Ashly chose Audiology because she’s always had a passion for helping others. She loves that audiology allows her to get to know patients on an individual level. It also gives her opportunities to think “out of the box” when it comes to problem-solving and finding a solution that best fits someone’s life. She is an avid lover of learning. When it comes to Audiology, the profession is continually improving and growing, which allows her to do the same. Her capstone project was a research study that consisted of researching the Effect Varying Signal to Noise Ratios and Reverberation Times has on a Listeners’ Speech Perception with a Mild to Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss. She received a research grant, the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Student Grant, to fund her research.

    She has received the J. Dean & Betty L. Eckersley Audiology Scholarship honoring clinical and academic excellence in September 2018 and The Nicholas Redfield Award, recognizing outstanding clinical and academic excellence in September 2019.

    In her free time, she loves to sew, knit, and crochet along with playing with her bearded dragon, Mushu. She also likes to hike.

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    Lauren Wright

    Lauren Wright

    Audiology Resident

    Lauren Wright is a doctoral resident at the Waldorf location. She is currently completing her Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. During her time at Indiana University, she served as the fundraising chair of the Indiana University chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology where she planned, coordinated, and executed events to fundraise for the organization and community outreach opportunities. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Towson University in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and minored in Deaf Studies. While at Towson University, she became proficient in American Sign Language as well as conducted research in hidden hearing loss. Lauren has completed clinical rotations at the Indiana University Hearing Clinic, Midwest Ear Institute, and Indianapolis Public Schools.

    She has a special interest in vestibular testing and comprehensive diagnostic audiological assessment. Being able to help others communicate with their loved ones and improving an individual’s quality of life are some of the many things that drew Lauren to the field of audiology. Lauren strives to provide the best patient care and experience possible at every appointment.

    In her free time, Lauren can typically be found on a basketball or volleyball court or cuddled up with her dogs reading a good book.

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