Contributors at Hearing Tracker

03 March 2020

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.

Interested in contributing? Let us know.

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.

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. 

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.

Ben Thompson, AuD

Dr. Ben Thompson is an audiologist and tinnitus specialist in California. He is the founder of Pure Tinnitus, a new tele-health company based in California. Dr. Thompson creates educational videos and hosts an online group coaching program for the tinnitus community. For a limited time, he is giving free access to his e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Tinnitus Relief: 7 Strategies to Control Your Tinnitus.

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.

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.

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...

David Copithorne

David Copithorne is a longtime hearing-loss blogger and Content Director 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.

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. 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.

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...

Erica Manfred

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

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, 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...

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.

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.

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...

Mark Truong

As a student Audiologist and Host of the Hear Me Out Podcast, I am committed to raising awareness about the profession to healthcare professionals and the general public. Hearing Health is so 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 ...

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.

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 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.