Contributors at Hearing Tracker

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.

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Abram Bailey, AuD

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.

Adam Chell

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.

Ana Anzola, AuD

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 Bellavia

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, AuD

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.

Archelle Georgiou, MD, Chief Health Officer at Starkey

Archelle Georgiou, MD, is the Chief Health Officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies. She is also a nationally recognized physician, author, medical executive and health reporter.

Barbara Kelley

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.

Bari Nan Rothchild

Bari Nan Rothchild is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Self, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and The New York Times.

Ben Thompson, AuD

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.

Brad Ingrao, AuD

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.

Brian Taylor, AuD

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...

Caleb Hill

Caleb Hill is a Sales and Marketing Intern at Bellman & Symfon North America, Inc.

Carly Sygrove

Carly Sygrove is 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 CFP®

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.

Catharine McNally

Accessibility lead at Phase2 Technology. Cochlear implant recipient. Focused on mainstream digital experiences for all. www.phase2technology.com

Chad Ruffin, MD

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.

Chloe Brittain

Chloe Brittain is the owner of Opal Transcription Services, an audio transcription company for businesses, academic and research institutions, and media professionals.

Christine Pickup, AuD

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.

Constantine Grantcharov

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, AuD, PhD

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

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

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.

Donna Pitts, AuD

Dr Donna Pitts is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Loyola University Maryland. She is a Past President of Maryland Academy of Audiology and served as Convention Chair for four years. 

Dr Cliff Olson

Dr. Olson is a Board Certified Audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He practices at Applied Hearing in Anthem, AZ, a full service audiology practice. Follow his YouTube channel for more educational videos.

Dr Steve Taddei

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. Carol Meyers

Dr. Carol Meyers is is responsible for the support and ongoing training of the Sivantos Educational Specialists and for creating new and innovative training methods to enhance customer service.

Dr. Keith N. Darrow

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. Megan Gerhart Redon

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

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 Gregoire

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...

Eric Sandler, Sc.D.

Dr. Eric Sandler, Director of Audiological services at The Hearing Center in New Jersey, graduated from Montclair State University in 2007 with a Doctorate of Science in Audiology.

Erica Manfred

Erica writes the Aging with Geekitude column for SeniorPlanet.org. Books: Interview with a Jewish Vampire; He’s History You’re Not

Erin Marsh

Erin Schoen Marsh is a hard of hearing writer and yoga teacher from the Midwest. She specializes in writing about parenting, education and deafness. 

Evan Grolley, AuD

Dr. Evan Grolley is an audiologist and founding member of Link Audiology. Dr. Grolley was raised in Niskayuna, NY. 

Gael Hannan

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...

Gina M. Crovato, AuD

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.

Hadassah Kupfer, AuD

Dr. Hadassah Kupfer is a doctor of audiology based in Brooklyn, NY. She obtained her Doctorate from the CUNY Graduate Center.

James W. Martin, Jr., AuD

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. 

Jeffrey Rothchild

Jeffrey Rothchild is a marketing agency owner with hearing loss. He spends his free time making music with and for his family.

Jo-El M. Grossman

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.

Jodi Baxter, AuD

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. 

John Loeppky

John Loeppky is a freelance disabled journalist and theatre artist. His work has appeared with FiveThirtyEight, CBC, Poynter, Publisher's Weekly, and many others. 

Jonathan Mosen

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.

Julia Métraux

Julia Métraux is a health and culture writer with hearing loss and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Check out her portfolio.

Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD

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 ...

Justin Elder

Justin Elder is the Digital Marketing Manager for Phonak U.S. He has a passion for strategic marketing and advertising as well as ensuring communication platforms are tailored to their audiences.

Karl Strom

Karl Strom is the Editor in Chief of HearingTracker. He has been covering the hearing aid industry for over 30 years. 

KR Liu

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...

Kristen Fischer

Kristen Fischer is a copywriter and journalist from New Jersey. She is the author of "Zoo Zen: A Yoga Story for Kids." Learn more about Kristen. 

Krystal Jagoo

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

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

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. 

Mark Truong

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!”

Martin Riedi

Martin is the core project manager for all consumer and professional research initiatives at Hearing Tracker. He previously worked at Sonova as the Director of Market Insight.

Matt Hay

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

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

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.

Melissa Wikoff, AuD

Dr Wikoff is the lead audiologist at Peachtree Hearing in Atlanta. Peachtree Hearing specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo.

Nancy M. Williams

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...

Nina Malkin

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 DiSogra, AuD

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

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 scarlet@hearingaidaccessory.com.

Shaeleen M Fagre, AuD

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

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.

Shea Zukowski

Shea Zukowski is a health writer whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Prevention, Good Housekeeping and Health. Several of her family members live with hearing loss.

Stella Fulman, AuD

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 Klinger

Steve Klinger is a veteran community journalist/editor/satirist and college English instructor based in southern New Mexico. 

Stu Nunnery

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.

Thomas Goyne, AuD

Dr. Goyne is an audiologist at Aberdeen Audiology in Wayne, PA. He has extensive experience in pediatric and adult diagnostics for both hearing and balance.  

Thomas Kaufmann

Phoenix-based OTOjOY founder and CEO Thomas Kaufmann studied physics in Germany and has a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tina Sieber, PhD

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.