At Hearing Tracker, our goal is to provide deep insights and expert viewpoints on topics related to hearing loss and hearing technology. We’re proud of our regular contributors, who bring a broad range and diversity of experiences to the conversation.
Abigail Poyser, AuD, MBA, has over a decade of experience at Phonak, where she's held roles in Sales, Training, Product Management, and Marketing, and is now the Senior Brand Manager. Before Phonak, she worked in clinical settings, conducting audiometry and leading newborn hearing screenings in Washington D.C. Abby graduated from DePauw University with degrees in Psychology, French, and Music, and holds a Master's and Doctorate in Audiology from Indiana University, along with an MBA in Digita...
Dr. Bailey is a leading expert on consumer technology in the audiology industry. He is a staunch advocate for patient-centered hearing care and audiological best practices, and welcomes any technological innovation that improves access to quality hearing outcomes. Dr. Bailey holds an Au.D. from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Achin Bhowmik, PhD, is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering at Starkey Hearing in Minneapolis. Dr. Bhomik is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, global research, product development, engineering, and program management organizations. Previously, he was the VP and general manager of the Perceptual Computing Group at Intel Corp, and he also currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Adam Chell qualified as an audiologist in the UK in 2009. He is now the clinical director for Sevenoaks Hearing, an independent provider of hearing care in Kent, England. He is also the founder of Adjust Hearing which is a UK based teleaudiology service. Adam has a keen interest in Hearables and is the founder of the information website HearablesOnline.
Adriana Aleksandrova is a consultant and content writer for Hear4U. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from De Montfort University. Adriana is an employee health advocate and regularly writes for the healthcare sector. She can be reached at Adriana@hear4u.co.uk.
Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA is CEO and President of Ascent Audiology & Hearing serving Northern Virginia and Maryland. She views the practice of audiology as a mix of art and science in an effort to find the best solution for each individual. Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University.
Andrew is a new hearing aid user who currently works as Dir. of Market Development for Knowles Corp. Andy hopes that by sharing his story he can influence others to protect their hearing, and to make it easier for those with untreated hearing loss to accept their condition and seek care without waiting as long as he did.
Angela Flores received her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of South Alabama and completed her CFY at Mayo Clinic. She received her AuD from Salus University in 2009. She worked clinically with Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida Pediatric Program for over 8 years. Dr. Flores currently works as an adjunct professor for Granite State University and as a consultant.
As HLAA’s chief executive officer since March 2016, Barbara is the primary spokesperson for the organization. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, advocacy, marketing/media relations, and national and international outreach.
Dr. Ben Thompson is an audiologist and tinnitus expert. Dr. Thompson is the founder of Pure Tinnitus. He completed his residency at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and is a past board member of the California Academy of Audiology. Via telehealth, Dr. Thompson provides services to patients with hearing loss and tinnitus.
Bill Austin is owner and chairman of Starkey, the largest American-owned hearing aid manufacturer, and founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Through the Foundation, Bill and his wife, Tani, have volunteered in more than 100 countries to give the gift of hearing and have established hearing healthcare clinics and aftercare services in 70 countries to date. Recently, Starkey launched a corporate social responsibility program called Starkey Cares which in 2022 partnered with Special Olympic...
Brad Ingrao, AuD is a Doctor of Audiology who grew up around hard-of-hearing people. He has been practicing clinical audiology since 1992. Known as an early adopter and supporter of disruptive technologies and practices, he is always on the lookout for ways to improve access to quality hearing care.
Brandy Heckroodt, AuD is an Audiology Manager for Phonak US. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University and practiced privately until she joined Phonak in 2012 as a Lyric Clinical Trainer. Dr. Heckroodt is passionate about supporting HCPs and their patients live a life without limitations.
Dr. Taylor is the Senior Director of Audiology at Signia. He is also the editor of Audiology Practices, a quarterly journal of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, editor-at-large for Hearing Health and Technology Matters, and adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin. He has authored several peer reviewed articles and textbooks and is a highly sought out lecturer. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a clinician, business manager, and university instructor. His most recent textboo...
Carly Sygrove is a hearing loss coach and a hearing health writer who has single-sided deafness. She writes about living with hearing loss at My Hearing Loss Story and manages an online support group for people with hearing loss. She is also the founder of the Sudden Hearing Loss Support website, a source of information and support for people affected by sudden hearing loss.
Cary W. Tucker is a former paralegal who transfigured into a paraplanner. He obtained a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from the University of California Irvine and went on to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ or CFP® professional. He enjoys providing treatments for financial health.
Dr. Chad Ruffin is an ear, nose, and throat doctor in Seattle who specializes in hearing restoration and ear surgery. He is one of the first people born with severe hearing loss to become a surgeon using cochlear implants. He performs cochlear implants and hearing restoration surgery and teaches his patients how to live to the fullest with hearing loss. In addition to treating patients in the clinic, he also researches and develops technology for hearing loss.
Dr. Pickup is the owner of Mt. Harrison Audiology in Rupert, Idaho. Dr. Pickup follows a medically-based approach to diagnosing and treating hearing disorders that is compassionate and personalized to each patient.
Cj Wild is the Head of Engineering and Technology at Scoop Technologies, a prominent Bay Area Startup. Originally from Leeds, England. Cj has been living in Marin, North California for the last 10 years. Cj has mild-moderate hearing loss, perhaps as a result of many years playing rugby and working with live bands.
Constantine is a hearing aid user for 20+ years and is currently Sr. Embedded Security Systems Engineer at TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, Ltd. He received his B.A.Sc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and has 8+ years in software design and development in secure real-time communication for embedded systems. At TrustPoint he is the Technical Lead for V2X Security Technology, is a contributor to IEEE 1609.2 / SCMS protocols for secure vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communicat...
Danielle S. Powell is an Audiologist and Epidemiologist, currently serving as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has expertise in the connection between hearing loss and late-life mental health for older adults, including hearing loss and depression. Her current work focuses on the effect of hearing loss and dementia on health services utilization and caregiving. Her research goal is to bridge in...
David Copithorne is a longtime hearing-loss blogger and regular contributor at Hearing Tracker. In 2002, he suffered a sudden and severe hearing impairment. Since then, he has dedicated himself to sharing the valuable information he has learned along his journey.
Davina Omisore is Audiology Manager for the Mild to Moderate Hearing Solutions team in Phonak HQ. She has been with Phonak since January 2006, specializing in audiology and hearing aid product training. She graduated with a MSc in Audiology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and previously worked in the U.K.
Dr. Steve Taddei is a licensed audiologist in Rockford, Illinois. He hosts and produces the Hearing Tracker Podcast and is a professor at several institutions proctoring courses in acoustics, hearing conservation, and audio arts. Additionally, he remains an active member in the music and audio engineering community. Whether speaking to students or consumers of hearing technology, he aims to promote self-advocacy and increase hearing health awareness. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, m...
Dr. Alyssa Ricevuto has been with Phonak since 2017, serving in various training roles as Clinical Trainer, Key Account Clinical Trainer, and Senior Clinical Trainer. She is currently transitioning into the role of Marketing Manager- Marketing Programs. Prior to joining Phonak, Alyssa spent ten years working as a clinician in both private practice and ENT settings. Alyssa received her BA from the University of Connecticut, Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences...
Dr. Anne McIntosh leads Safe’N’Clear as its President and CEO, introducing The Communicator™, the first FDA-approved transparent surgical mask, enhancing communication for the deaf and hard of hearing. With a strong academic foundation in communication sciences, her work emphasizes the importance of clear and safe interactions in healthcare. Dr. McIntosh also engages in advocacy and education, furthering discussions on accessibility and inclusion.
Keith N. Darrow, PhD is the founder of Excellence In Audiology – a community of hearing healthcare professionals committed to best practices. He is a Neuroscientist, Clinical Audiologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. Dr. Darrow is also a best-selling author, entrepreneur, speaker and professor. He is passionate about helping older adults prevent decline, actively age and reduce the risks associated with hearing loss.
Dr. Gerhart is an audiologist with experience in pediatrics through geriatrics who has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice and ENT clinics. She previously oversaw the audiology program in the Philadelphia School District. Her passion is helping those with hearing loss get the most benefit from their technologies and guiding them on their journey to better hearing.
Edmund Farrar is a medical doctor and the co-founder of Oto Health, a UK based startup that is improving access to therapy for people with tinnitus or hearing loss using a simple mobile app, Oto. Built in collaboration with ENT surgeons and hearing therapists, Oto combines AI-powered hearing health tracking with tinnitus therapy and personalised hearing training.
Elise is a passionate audiologist, lecturer, and content marketer. She holds her CCC’s in audiology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS). She is innately interested in identifying barriers to hearing healthcare in the global market and finding creative ways to connect with clients and healthcare providers to promote healthy hearing. She holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in...
Gael Hannan is a writer, speaker and advocate on hearing loss issues. In addition to her weekly blog for HHTM, she is a regular contributor to FindHearing.com, an online resource for consumers with hearing loss. Gael is also the author of the acclaimed book “The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss.” She is regularly invited to present her uniquely humorous and insightful work to appreciative audiences around the world. Gael has received many awards for her work, which includes advocacy fo...
Dr Crovato is an audiologist at the Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia, where the mission is to provide a personalized, hands-on approach to hearing health care, with the knowledge that each person who walks through our door has their own individual communication needs.
James W. Martin, Jr., AuD, is the Director of Audiological Communication at Widex USA. James is a Keynote speaker, educator and is passionate about encouraging clinicians as well as patients to become the best version of themselves.
Jan-Willem Wasmann, MSc, is a Medical Physicist Audiologist at Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc) in Nijmegen, Netherlands, specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear.
Jo-El M. Grossman is the Communications & Content Manager for Phonak U.S. She is an avid storyteller, as well as an accomplished, creative and qualified marketing and editorial leader with a multi-media background.
Dr. Baxter primarily practices clinically while supervising students and also teaches as part of the Doctor of Audiology curriculum. Current courses taught include Hearing Aids I and II and Adult Hearing Disorders.
Jonathan Mosen is a New Zealand-based advocate, author, podcaster, and assistive technology consultant. He has held senior roles in blindness assistive technology companies. Totally blind since birth, Jonathan has progressive hearing loss and constantly searches for the best hearing technology to allow him to be productive.
Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD, is an audiologist who worked in private practice for many years in Oshkosh, Wis, before taking the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for the consumer-advocacy group Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). In this position, she has traveled across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community. Among many honors, she has been awarded the Wisconsin Audiologist ...
Over the last two decades, KR Liu has helped launch products from some of the most disruptive lifestyle tech brands on the market, including Speck Products, SOL REPUBLIC, Pebble Smartwatch, Doppler Labs, and Google. She now focuses on her board positions and, until recently, led inclusive marketing and design as the Principal Accessibility Marketing Lead at Amazon Lab126. KR is currently the Head of Accessibility Brand at Google.
KR is a nationally known advocate for inclusive design, wit...
Krystal Kavita Jagoo is a social worker, artist, and educator who prioritizes equity in all her work. Her writing has been published in Huffington Post, Prism, Healthline, Verywell Mind, MedTruth, and Giddy, among others.
Linda Kozma-Spytek, MA, CCC-A, is a technology consultant to the Hearing Loss Association of America and a lead investigator in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (DHH Tech RERC) at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She co-leads the Industry Consumer Alliance for Accessible Technology (ICAAT) project under the auspices of the DHH Tech RERC. Prior to her consulting work, she was a Senior Research Audiologist in the Technology Access Program at ...
Mara Brooks is a longtime journalist and native New Yorker now living in Barre, Vermont. She is the communications coordinator for the Community of Vermont Elders and editor for community newspapers The Charlotte News and The Hardwick Gazette. In her spare time, Mara studies law and classical music.
Marisa (Mari) Martinez is an undergraduate student studying communication disorders at Texas State University. She has a passion for Audiology and helping others discover confidence in their hearing loss through her own journey living with Meniere’s Disease.
Mark Truong is the host of The Hear Me Out Audiology Podcast and has recently started the Hearing Tech News Youtube channel focused on providing in-depth reviews on the latest in hearing technology. From apps to hearing aids, headphones to hearables, he covers a vast number of topics and aims to provide as many tips and tricks to help the average consumer. He believes that “Hearing Health is essential to all facets of life and everyone deserves the opportunity to hear!”
Matt Hay is the Director of Audiology Sales for Redux, the developer of a patented and award-winning drying system for hearing instruments, hearables and personal electronics. Using vacuum chamber drying, Redux removes all moisture within minutes with the push of a button while providing a real-time measure of the amount of moisture removed. This technique has been used effectively for hearing aids, hearing implants, ear buds, cell phones and numerous other electronic devices. Matt can often ...
Matthew Allsop is the Video Content Manager at HearingTracker. He has over 12 years’ experience in audiology, and has practiced in both the NHS and the private sector. He is accepting new patients at Harley Street Hearing in London.
Meagan Borgelt is the Senior Consumer Marketing Manager at Cochlear Americas. She is responsible for consumer marketing and print advertising at Cochlear. Meagan is incredibly passionate about helping those with hearing loss. She has lived in Colorado for over 20 years and enjoys spending time with her family.
A strategic advisor and thought leader on transforming hearing healthcare, Nancy M. Williams is founder and president of Auditory Insight. Ms. Williams partners with senior executives of pharma and device companies to develop successful commercialization strategies in hearing healthcare. She also advises growth equity and private equity firms to create portfolio value in hearing healthcare. Ms. Williams holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard...
Journalist Nina Malkin’s work has appeared in the The New York Times, Essence, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications. She is involved in feline rescue and is the author of An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle.
Robert (Bob) DiSogra, AuD, is a recently retired audiologist, following a 45-year career in the hearing healthcare field—30 years of which were dedicated to private-practice audiology in Freehold, NJ. Dr. DiSogra is a well-known national and international lecturer, teacher, and author on a variety of audiology topics, especially pharmacology and ototoxicity, as well as the effects of Covid-19 on the ear. Among many honors and professional achievements, he was chairman of the Osborne College o...
Scarlet Lewitt is a writer for Hear4U and Hearing Aid Accessory. She also freelances for other healthcare organizations. She earned her bachelors in English, and Master’s in English Literary Research from Nottingham Trent University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaeleen Fagre is an Audiologist and Audiology Clinical Supervisor in the Davis Speech-Language-Hearing Center. She supervises graduate students enrolled in our audiology clinical doctorate program as they provide audiology services.
Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
Dr. Stella Fulman is a doctor of audiology at Audiology Island in Staten Island. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Audiology from Brooklyn College in 2004 and her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in 2008.
Steve O. Frazier received his formal training as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist from the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and has more than 20 years of experience providing support and advocacy for those with hearing loss as a chapter and state HLAA leader. He chairs the Loop New Mexico initiative and is a member of HLAA's national Get in the Hearing Loop campaign task force, and sits on the New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Boar...
Stu Nunnery is a writer, speaker, recording artist and hearing activist. He has recently returned to making music after a 35-year hiatus and presents workshops and performances about his journey with bilateral hearing loss.
Sue Handley Jones is chief of staff at audio software specialists AudioTelligence. She is an experienced executive with a successful track record of scaling venture-backed tech start-ups by sourcing, hiring, managing, and developing teams across technical, commercial, and operational.
Tina Sieber is a technology journalist with over 10 years of experience and a PhD in Biochemistry. Following an episode of sudden one-sided hearing loss, she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 2018. She has since started writing about hearing loss and reviewing hearing aids for major tech publications.
By day you can find Whitney in Phonak’s marketing department and by night you can find her chatting with her family and friends. She's intimately familiar with the demands of hearing loss. She has tinnitus and moderate hearing loss and both of her children have hearing loss. Her favorite thing about her hearing loss: that she is a better advocate for her children. Her favorite thing about her hearing aids: that she can go out to noisy places and still hear people! Her favorite sound: laughter.