John “Chuck” Sasala, M.A., FAAA is from Girard, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Edinboro University with a B.S. in Education with a concentration in Speech-Language & Hearing. He was first employed by Polk State School & Hospital as a Speech & Hearing Specialist.
Chuck received a full academic scholarship to attend Ohio University where he obtained his M.A. Degree in Audiology and Speech Science. One year later he was awarded his Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology by the American Speech & Hearing Association.
McMaster University Medical Center/Chedoke Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario hired Chuck as a clinical audiologist. Within his first year of service he was promoted to Senior Audiologist. This clinic served as a beta test site for one of the hearing aid industries major manufacturers. Hearing Aid Evaluations were conducted utilizing products from a variety of hearing aid manufacturers. While in Hamilton, Chuck also served on the Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council and served on a number of special task forces for the health council.
Chuck returned to his home town area where he was hired by Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA to the position of Chief Audiologist. He was recruited to convert the hospital’s part time Audiology service to a full time community service. While at this facility he actively participated in a regional cleft palate clinic and initiated an early infant hearing assessment program incorporating advanced diagnostic systems. Chuck continued his work with hearing aid evaluations and was actively sought after by a number of hearing aid manufacturers during this time.
McMaster University Medical Center/Chedoke Hospitals recruited Chuck back to Canada to the position of Director of Audiology. He managed this program for a number of years with as many as nine staff audiologists. During this time he received additional training in hearing aid technology from manufacturers at their corporate facilities in Canada, Denmark and West Germany. Chuck served on the board of the Canadian Hearing Society during this time and had the privilege of hosting Dr. Jack Katz, editor of the Handbook of Clinical Audiology to a partial sabbatical in advanced diagnostic procedures.
Bio-logic Systems Corp recruited Chuck as a member of their initial national factory rep staff. He was a territory manager in Midwest United States covering over 7 states and Eastern Canada. In his first full year with Bio-logic he was recipient of the President’s Award for “Top Performer.” He went on to serve positions as Area Manager covering one third of North America and spent some time as acting National Sales Manager. It was here that Chuck had his introduction to computer controlled systems and digital technology years ahead of their introduction to the hearing aid industry.
Chuck returned to private clinical work as computer programmable and digital hearing aids became the standard offering in hearing health care. Adding to his hearing aid education, Chuck spent a week of intensive training at the Starkey Labs Center of Excellence in Minneapolis, MN. He has worked in offices in Southern California and Pennsylvania before settling in at Hearing Aid Systems. Chuck is a California licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser and Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.