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.

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 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.

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...

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.

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...

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 of Indianapolis, Indiana was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) in his teens and, after years of progressive hearing loss, is now bilaterally deaf.  Matt relies entirely on his Auditory Brainstem Implant to process sound and is always quick to note how his hearing care professionals and hearing instruments have been life-alteringly positive.  He is the Director of Audiology Sales for Redux, the developer of a patented drying system for personal electronic devices, hearables and...

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.