Frederick, MD Hearing Clinic

Live Better Hearing + Balance in Frederick, MD

Welcome to our Frederick audiology office! Our practice is nestled in the Monocacy Shopping Center on Kingfisher Drive and just off Liberty Drive near the Giant Food grocery store, with reserved parking for our patients. We are the trusted provider for hearing healthcare in the local area, and our fantastic team includes Dr. Jenifer Cushing, Brandon Adawi H.I.S., Dr. Lauren Wright, Dr. Kristen Hood, Brandi Barden, and Theresa McDermott.

At our Frederick location, we offer a wide range of audiology services, including:

  • Comprehensive hearing testing
  • Balance testing
  • Hearing aid consultations
  • Hearing aid purchasing
  • Hearing aid repairs
  • Hearing aid reprogramming
  • Newborn hearing testing
  • Pediatric hearing tests and hearing aids
  • Tinnitus evaluations and treatment
  • Electrophysiology evaluations
  • Balance treatment (specifically BPPV)

We work with all makes and models of hearing aids and accept most insurances. We are proud to be the trusted provider for most of the local area physicians, and Frederick Health Hospital refers their newborn hearing screening patients to us. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to each patient.

Our providers are personable, caring, and exceptionally talented, which is why top physicians across the state and in DC refer their patients to us every day. You can check out our excellent reviews on Google, which include many physicians, and click on the pictures to the right to learn more about each provider.

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Our Audiologists & Hearing Care Providers

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. Lauren Wirebach

Dr. Lauren Wirebach

Audiologist

Dr. Lauren Wirebach received her Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her undergraduate degree at Towson University in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Deaf Studies. She is proficient in American Sign Language. She is also an expert in vestibular testing, hearing aids, and comprehensive diagnostic audiological assessments.

Dr. Wirebach has a passion for helping others communicate with their loved ones. And she strives to provide the best patient care and experience possible for every patient she sees at every appointment.

Dr. Wirebach can be found on a basketball or volleyball court or cuddled up with her dogs reading a good book in her free time.

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Brandon Adawi

Brandon Adawi

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Brandon Adawi is a dedicated and knowledgeable National Board Certified hearing instrument specialist licensed in Maryland who is passionate about providing high-quality hearing healthcare services to his clients. With a decade of experience in hearing healthcare, he has developed a deep understanding of best practices in the industry and is committed to using the latest technologies to ensure his clients receive the best possible care.

Brandon’s expertise in real ear measurements makes him a valuable resource for anyone seeking accurate and reliable hearing testing and fitting services. Real ear measurements are an essential part of hearing healthcare, and Brandon is committed to making sure his clients receive this critical component of their treatment. Real ear measurements involve placing a small microphone in the patient’s ear canal to measure the sound levels of their hearing aids. This allows Brandon to fine-tune the settings of the device to ensure it is providing the optimal level of amplification for each client’s individual prescriptive needs.

In addition to his expertise in real ear measurements, Brandon is also committed to providing his clients with the highest level of care and attention. He takes the time to listen to his clients’ concerns and works with them to develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Whether you are seeking a hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting, or other hearing healthcare services, you can trust Brandon to provide the expertise and compassion you need to achieve optimal hearing health.

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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Awards & Honors

 

Dr. Kristen Hood

Dr. Kristen Hood

Audiologist

Dr. Kristen Hood is a highly accomplished audiologist passionate about helping individuals with hearing loss. She obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from West Virginia University, where she gained extensive knowledge of the latest technological advancements in diagnosing and treating hearing loss. Her undergraduate degree from Towson University provided the foundation for her academic and professional achievements.

As someone with hearing loss herself, Dr. Hood understands the unique challenges those with hearing difficulties face. She is dedicated to sharing her experiences with others to help them seek proper treatment and improve their quality of life. Dr. Hood’s warmth, compassion, and dedication are highly regarded by her patients, who appreciate her ability to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere during appointments.

Dr. Hood is committed to providing personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs, using state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat hearing loss. Her patients trust her guidance and benefit from the highest quality of care she provides. Her unique perspective and passion for helping others achieve the best possible hearing inspire many to seek her expertise. Outside of work, Dr. Hood enjoys exploring new restaurants, staying active with workouts, indulging in baking, and traveling. Spending time with her daughter, husband, great dane, and rescue kitty brings her immense joy.

Alicia Proctor

Alicia Proctor

Audiology Assistant

Alicia graduated in May 2023 from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. With her impressive academic background and commitment to personal growth, Alicia brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our team.

In her free time, Alicia enjoys exploring the great outdoors through hiking and live music events, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and catching up on her favorite TV shows. Additionally, she is actively involved in a foundation that promotes mental health awareness, demonstrating her dedication to supporting and uplifting others beyond the workplace.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson

Patient Experience Coach

Sarah Jackson is the Patient Experience Coach at Live Better Hearing, where she has been employed since July 2014. Sarah’s primary focus is consistent, effective training and development of employees in support of providing a world-class patient experience. She oversees all training and on-boarding of new staff, as well as coaching current administrative employees.

Her experience, education, and passion for language and communication have equipped her with the skills that she enjoys applying in the pursuit of providing excellent service to patients. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Frostburg State University and is currently in the process of attaining her Master of Arts degree in Publishing at George Washington University.

In her free time, Sarah finds relaxation in reading, writing, and painting. She also likes to stay active by hiking and playing with her dog, Pippin.

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Brandi Barden

Brandi Barden

Patient Care Coordinator

Brandi Barden is the Patient Care Coordinator at our office in Frederick, Maryland, near where she grew up. She attended Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University before working in audiology. Brandi is extremely motivated to help people in need and improve our patients’ quality of life through hearing. When she is not at Live Better Hearing, Brandi enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and spending time outdoors. Brandi is most proud of her teenage son, Charlie, and the kind and big hearted adult he is turning out to be.

Theresa McDermott

Theresa McDermott

Patient Care Coordinator

Theresa McDermott is one of the patient care coordinators at our office in Frederick, Maryland. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Public Health and has been working in the hearing healthcare industry since 2018. Throughout her career, Theresa has gained experience as a Senior Patient Care Coordinator and Audiology Assistant; she also is a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist.
Theresa is passionate and driven when it comes to positively affecting the lives of our patients. She finds the healthcare industry extremely rewarding because she loves interacting with patients, putting smiles on their faces, and watching them reconnect with their loved ones through their journey of hearing better.

When she’s not working, Theresa likes spending time outdoors and going on walks with her bernadoodle pup, Murphy.

Becca Kelly

Becca Kelly

Doctoral Resident

Becca recently finished her audiology coursework at the University of Maryland, College Park. Over the past three years, Becca has been involved in an interdisciplinary research project investigating the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Her work received the 2nd place award for Best Student Paper at the May 2023 Acoustical Society of America Conference. During her undergraduate degree, Becca researched speech production in children with cochlear implants. She is excited to continue working with patients across the lifespan providing patient-centered care.

When she is not in the clinic, Becca lives with her husband (ask her about her pandemic wedding) and their two cats. Becca also loves to hang out with her parents and dogs. She is a triathlete and is currently training for a half-ironman. In her free time, Becca helps out coaching youth soccer.

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1700 Kingfisher Drive
Suite 27
FrederickMD 21701

Phone:  (301) 846-0222
Fax: (301) 846-7707

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