Judy Huch, AuD @ Hearing Health
I run two private practices in Tucson, Arizona. I have always had a fascination with how things (from toasters to wireless) and people work, and audiology has given me a place to study both.
I have been dispensing hearing aids for 20 years. I obtained my first license before I finished graduate school, when I was VERY young, and have owned, leased, contracted, and administrated in the hearing field, and became a landlord, in the past 15 years. I have also had publications in text books and trade journals focusing on patient satisfaction and hearing aid fittings. I hope to learn more through this editorial and blogging experience as well as share some of my journey in private practice.
I live in a suburb of Tucson with my patient and understanding husband, Rick (who I must say is a top notch architect who designed and built the best Hearing Centers!) and my two sons, who make my heart swell and give me other wonderful perspectives on life! As do the myriad pets we seem to keep collecting.
Robert L. Martin, PhD @ Hearing Health
For a quarter century, Robert L. Martin, PhD, has been providing hearing health care providers with practical, down-to-earth advice, mixed with humor and passion. After 23 years of writing his popular Nuts & Bolts column for The Hearing Journal, Bob joined HearingHealthMatters.org. Here he shares his insights with consumers and providers of hearing care as a regular contributor to the Hearing Health blog.
In his blog posts, Bob draws upon over 40 years as an audiologist, most of it spent as a private practice owner in the San Diego area. After being awarded a bachelor’s degree in biology and electronics, and a master’s degree in audiology by Arizona State University, Bob went to the University of Tennessee for his PhD. There he conducted research in auditory physiology and psychoacoustics at the Noise Research Laboratory.
After completing his studies, he joined the faculty at San Diego State University. But Bob quickly decided that he wanted to focus on patient care. He began dispensing hearing aids in private practice in 1975, and remains active to this day. His practice in La Mesa and Chula Vista has more than 500 active patients.
In addition to writing a monthly column since 1989, Bob contributed a chapter to the NIHIS text Hearing Instrument Science and Fitting Practices. He is also in demand as a speaker at professional meetings. His book, The Best of Nuts & Bolts, was published by Williams & Wilkins in 1995.
Dr. Martin notes that nothing in his career has been more rewarding than the time he spends every year as a volunteer providing hearing care to children in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. If you have a good BTE (behind-the-ear aid) you do not need, please send it to: Dr. Robert Martin, 7750 University Ave. Ste. C. La Mesa, Ca 91942.