Here at the URI Speech and Hearing Center, we take pride in taking the time to fully evaluate each individual with hearing loss to formulate and execute a plan of care that involves the individual and his or her family. Hearing loss affects many aspects of life ranging from occupational and social difficulties to emotional well-being. There is no cookie-cutter response to hearing loss, and we approach each patient as a unique individual with different needs. Hearing aids are a key tool for helping hearing loss, but are not the only solution. There are many devices that can pair with hearing aids or stand alone that can be helpful for people with hearing loss including television listening devices and amplified or captioning telephones. Our goal is to determine what options will work best for you.
Dr. Rachel Smith is the Audiology Clinic Coordinator and is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island. She received her doctorate in audiology from URI in 2008. After receiving her degree, she worked in a large ENT practice as a clinical audiologist specializing in hearing aids and cochlear implants.