About Us

Laura F. Brodsky, Au.D, FAAA, is a certified clinical audiologist, licensed in both New York and Massachusetts. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees were completed at Queens College of the City University of New York, and Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, respectively. In addition, she holds a doctoral degree in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Brodsky completed internships at the Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center and the BOCES program for the Hearing Impaired, both on Long Island, New York.

As the mother of four grown children, two of whom are hearing impaired, Dr. Brodsky brings to her practice a unique perspective on the diagnosis and management of hearing loss in both children and adults. She has been practicing in the Capital Area since 1988.

What is an Audiologist:
An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats, and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems.  Audiologists have received a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program.  Their academic and clinical training provides the foundation for patient management from birth through adulthood.  Audiologists determine appropriate patient treatment of hearing and balance problems by combining a complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular assessments.  Based upon the diagnosis, the audiologist presents a variety oftreatment options to patients with hearing impairment or balance problems.  Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive habilitation program.  As a primary hearing health provider, audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing or balance problem requires medical or surgical evaluation or treatment.

What Do Audiologists Do?
Hearing testing.  Audiologists use specialized equipment to obtain accurate results about hearing loss.  These tests are typically conducted in sound-treated rooms with calibrated equipment.  The audiologist is trained to inspect the eardrum with an otoscope, perform limited ear wax removal, conduct diagnostic audiologic tests, and check for medically-related hearing problems.

Hearing loss is caused by medical problems about 10% of the time.  Audiologists are educated to recognize these medical problems and refer patients to their primary care physician or ear, nose and throat physicians (known as otolaryngologists).  Most persons with hearing impairment can benefit from the use of hearing aids, and audiologists are knowledgeable about the latest applications of hearing aid technology.

Hearing Services and Counseling:
Audiologists are vitally concerned that every person, regardless of age, benefit from good hearing.  Audiologists provide individual counseling to help those with hearing loss function more effectively in social, educational, and occupational environments.  It is a fact of life that we lose hearing acuity as we grow older, and that hearing problems are commonly associated with the elderly.  Audiologists are committed to helping senior citizens to hear better.

Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices:
Audiologists provide complete hearing aid services to patients with hearing problems.  Audiologists are also experts with assistive listening equipment and personal alerting devices.  Audiologists provide education and training so that persons with hearing impairment can benefit from amplification and communication devices.

Audiologists dispense the majority of hearing aids in the United States, and use the most advanced computerized procedures to individualize the fitting of hearing aids.  Hearing aid options are thoroughly discussed with each potential user based on the results of a complete hearing aid test battery and the individual needs of each patient.  Follow-up care and hearing aid accessories are routinely available from dispensing audiologists.

Hearing Conservation Programs:
Prolonged exposure to loud noise causes permanent hearing loss.  Because audiologists are concerned with the prevention of hearing loss, they are often involved in implementing programs to protect the hearing of individuals who are exposed to noisy industrial and recreational situations.

More than 28 million Americans have some type of hearing problem.  Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved.  Children and teenagers seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults may lose their hearing so gradually they do not realize it is happening.  The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.

 

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