With experience in Industrial Hearing Conservation programs, newborn hearing screenings, diagnostic hearing evaluations, and hearing instrument services, Beth Carter built her career in various medical settings, including ENT offices and hospitals, before joining Salem Audiology Clinic in January, 2011.
She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Willamette University with an internship at Connecticut Valley State Hospital. When she decided against making Music Therapy a career she spent three years as an Education Assistant in Special Education classrooms. During that time, Beth became acquainted with the Speech Language Pathologist employed at the school and developed an interest in the profession. One of the first classes she took in the Master’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences program at Portland State University was in general Audiology and she was hooked. She completed the Audiology Doctorate from AT Still University in 2007 and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology as well.
Beth’s philosophy is “keep it simple.” She prefers a partnership with her patients instead of the usual doctor-patient relationship. She would rather counsel and educate her patients throughout the process than tell them what they should do. She also tries to emphasize the need to involve more than just the person with hearing loss, specifically the spouse, parents, and children. She feels when one member of the family has a hearing loss, the rest of the family does too.
She and her family live up north in Portland, and when she isn’t working, Beth enjoys music, horses, hiking, touring lighthouses, reading mysteries, and crafting. She would rather curl up with a book than watch a movie, and spends her free time collecting books and comics about hearing humor.