Heather L. Dean, Au.D. Dr. Heather Dean is the audiologist at Sierra Nevada Hearing Aid Center (SNHAC). She loves helping people improve their hearing and part of what makes her so good at her job is that she takes the time to listen to her patients. Fate seems to have played a role in this pairing, as the undergraduate program Dr. Dean was originally in at the University of Nevada, Reno, was closing. That meant she had to choose a new one, which ultimately guided her down the path of audiology. Now with nearly 10 years practicing at SNHAC, there's no question about it: Dr. Dean chose the right path. Clear-cut treatment plans that can be developed from science and technology are what attracted Dr. Dean to the audiology specialty. In her practice, she focuses on hearing aid fittings, adjustments and training in the use of hearing aids for people of all ages. She also does aural rehabilitation, which is fancy talk for retraining the brain to use the aids. Caring for her customers and working to meet their needs is what Dr. Dean is all about. She works with patients as much as necessary to make sure they are happy and comfortable with their hearing and their hearing solution. Dr. Dean earned her Doctor of Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2005. She joined SNHAC shortly after in 2006 and now sees patients five days a week in at the Sierra Nevada Hearing Aid Center, as well as at all three Sierra Nevada Ear, Nose & Throat locations. Dr. Dean is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. This native Nevadan and her husband have been married for 16 years and share their Reno home with three active school-age girls. In her free time, Dr. Dean volunteers as a booster for her daughters' gymnastics team.
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Our primary concern is to assess your hearing ability and evaluate the best ways to manage your hearing problem. When medical or surgical treatment is needed, a referral to the appropriate medical specialist is made.
Most of the hearing loss we encounter is NOT caused by an active medical problem, but rather by a natural loss of sensitivity in the inner ear. Often referred to as nerve damage, this type of hearing loss and the associated loss of sound clarity, can be greatly improved with the use of the right hearing aids.
Following a thorough hearing evaluation, Dr. Dean will ask many questions to further determine your specific areas of hearing difficulty.
You and Dr. Dean will together determine the best possible hearing aid for you, factoring in your unique listening needs, preferences, budget and lifestyle. You will also be counseled about realistic outcomes of wearing hearing aids during your trial period.
Heather Dean does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Heather Dean's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Hearing Loss Due to Noise
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Adult Hearing Loss Rehabilitation
Hearing Aid Adjustment
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Nevada.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Nevada At Reno
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
A.T.Still Unverisity Arizona School Of Health Sciences
Medical School | Graduated 2005
San Francisco State University
Medical School | Graduated 1998
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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