Audiology Services

More than 28 million Americans have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often not recognized by the person involved. Children and teenagers seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults may lose their hearing so gradually they do not realize it is happening. The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. An audiologist will use special equipment to determine if you suffer from hearing loss. 

What is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. They have master’s and/or doctoral degrees from an accredited university. Audiologist will ask for a complete history and perform specialized hearing assessments. If hearing loss is discovered, they fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive rehabilitative program to get you hearing better! Mercy audiologists are:

            Mary Claire Summers, Au.D., CCC-A
            Lisa Gardner, M.S., CCC-A
            Barbara Nelson, M.A., CCC-A
            Sharon Shipley, Au.D., CCC-A
            Karen Kraemer, M.S.

What is an ENT doctor?

Sometimes hearing loss can be treated medically. If this is the case, an audiologist will refer you to an ENT physician. Ear, nose and throat physicians have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders which cause hearing loss. Mercy ENT doctors include:

            Marshall Greiman, M.D.
            Matthew Morgan, M.D.
            Corey Mineck, M.D.
            Jeffrey Smit, M.D.
            Nichole Dean, D.O.


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