After receiving her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University, Dr. Tomko earned her Doctor of Audiology degree at Ohio University. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
A board-certified audiologist, Dr. Tomko chose her specialty after a personality test suggested it would be an optimal fit, soon confirmed by education and clinical experience. With patient-centered care as her ultimate goal, she believes that every person deserves respect and individualized health care. She eagerly looks forward to a relationship with each patient, welcoming his or her decision-making involvement.
Dr. Tomko specializes in audiometry (hearing tests), amplification (hearing aids), central auditory processing disorders and auditory working memory. She hopes that rechargeable hearing aids will become more common, and that increased consideration will be given to the relationship between cognition, attention, memory and hearing sensitivity.
An only child from northeast Ohio, Dr. Tomko now loves living near the ocean, rich history and military community in Hampton Roads. Her favorite interests include bird watching, nature and wildlife study, reading, crocheting, knitting and enjoying her pets.
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The little elbow of the RIC wire should be neatly tucked into the notch above the triangular cartilage in front of your ear canal (the tragus), and the wire should be flush... Read more
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Starkey is an American-owned and operated company. Please see this link for more information about this topic, as well as their other brands.
The t typically stands for "telecoil" or "t-coil" for short. To learn more about the telecoil, please read Dr. Sterkens's response to this question. The question is about a... Read more
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Starkey, Phonak, Widex, and Signia (Siemens) have CROS technology.
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This could be a problem with the Bluetooth rather than the hearing aids. Try these tips:Close all of your running apps, including the Widex Beyond app (by double clicking on... Read more
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I think you will notice a larger difference between the Verso and the LiNX 3D rather than the Verso and the LiNX2.
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I agree with Raji Parangad, MAud: having a supportive family plays a huge role in how successful the elderly are with their first set of hearing aids. The use and maintenance... Read more