Frederick, MD Hearing Clinic
Live Better Hearing + Balance in Frederick, MD
Dr. Jenifer Cushing, Brandon Adawi H.I.S., Dr. Lauren Wright, Brandi Barden, and Theresa McDermott are the fantastic team in 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 offer the following audiology services at this location: hearing testing, balance testing, hearing aid consultations, hearing aid purchasing, hearing aid repairs, and hearing aid reprogramming; newborn hearing testing, pediatric hearing tests and hearing aids, tinnitus evaluations, electrophysiology evaluations, and balance and tinnitus treatment.
We work with all makes and models of hearing aids. All insurances are accepted and welcomed.
Our patients love our providers because they are personable, caring, and exceptionally talented. Top physicians across the state and in DC refer their patients to us every day for this reason. Please 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.
We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to schedule your appointment online, please click here.
Our Audiologists & Hearing Care Providers
Dr. Jenifer Cushing
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.
- 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
- Assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in patients of all ages
Dr. Lauren Wright
Dr. Lauren Wright 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. Wright 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. Wright can be found on a basketball or volleyball court or cuddled up with her dogs reading a good book in her free time.
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.
- B.A. in Communication at Brigham Young University Idaho
Licenses & Certifications
- Maryland Hearing Instrument Specialist license #02761
- Hearing Aids
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Awards & Honors
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.
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 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.