Date: 10/8/2009

Audiology Services at Community Hospital in Munster welcomes two, new staff members

Audiology Services of Community Hospital in Munster announces the addition of two licensed clinical audiologists to its staff. Melissa Newell, Au.D. and Jillian Earnest Au.D. bring clinical expertise to hearing evaluations and hearing aid services for patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa in 2005, Jillian Earnest received her doctorate in Audiology from Rush University in June 2009. She was awarded the College of Health Sciences award for Clinical Excellence in Audiology.

Melissa Newell has 13 years experience as a clinical audiologist, working closely with ENT, neurology, family practice and pediatrics. She earned her master’s degree in Audiology from Indiana University and her doctorate from the University of Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a member of the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA).

“We are pleased to welcome two, additional full-time audiologists to this department,” stated Tricia O’Halloran, M.A., CCC-A/FAAA, supervisor, Audiology Services. “Melissa and Jillian’s experience, background and credentialing complement the high quality care we provide at Community Hospital.”

In their new positions, Earnest and Newell will help to identify and treat newborn through geriatric patients with hearing loss and vestibular disorders.

Hearing loss affects approximately 17 in 1,000 children under the age of 18. For children with hearing loss, early screening, diagnosis and intervention can make a considerable difference.

Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most prevalent, but treatable, disabling condition behind arthritis and hypertension. With advancements in digital sound processing, audiologists are able to fit patients with the highest level of digital hearing aid technology available to help improve quality of life for those with hearing impairment.

Adults and children can be evaluated Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Audiology Services department near the North Entrance of Community Hospital in Munster.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for Audiology Services, including hearing evaluations for children and adults; tympanometry (middle ear) testing; Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) and Videonystagmography (VNG) or Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, which assess the balance and nerve portions of the inner ear, call 219-836-4527.