I have over 25 years of experience working in clinics with adults who value their hearing and want to do everything they can to maintain their hearing health and their communications with family and friends, in the workplace, and in social situations.
I personally tend to every patient and spend as much time with them as they need. Some of my patients have been coming to me for over 20 years! I think of patients as friends or family – I know their needs, their likes, their histories, and how their hearing has aided or diminished their life experiences. I am constantly working to optimize their hearing in all of the situations they feel are important.
Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, Clinical Audiologist obtained her PhD in Hearing Sciences at Stanford University. She did a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT in Boston before serving as Director of Audiology at Stanford University Medical Center for six years. She has owned and managed four audiology and hearing aid dispensing practices in Tucson over the past 23 years.
Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Diagnostic Audiology Expertise. TAI has been the first choice of many outstanding physicians for their Tucson-area patients for many years, in Tucson, Pima County, and the Phoenix area. It is also why audiologists and audiology clinics throughout the US refer their patients to us.
- Hearing tests are not performed simply to fit hearing aids! TAI’s patient-centered model ensures that all patients receive consistently excellent evaluations and individualized treatments.
- A series of psychophysical tests comprise the Audiology Test Battery that is performed to systematically examine all parts of the ear, the hearing nerve, and the auditory pathways that process sound in the brain.
- Results of the tests help determine WHERE the hearing breakdown occurred and WHY it happened. Those results are critical when making decisions and recommendations about treatment.
- Hearing Protection. The main goal is to prevent hearing loss from happening in the first place, or stop it from continuing to deteriorate in people who already have hearing problems.
- In Arizona and California, I have directed and worked in private industry Hearing Conservation programs, under OSHA guidelines, in military and VA hospitals.
- As part of the evaulation, patients’ histories are carefully scrutinized for dangerous recreational noise exposure . As part of follow-up, patients’ current lifestyle activities are monitored to protect them from noise-induced hearing loss.
- Hearing Aids. Research and survey data STRONGLY support the use of hearing aids to help those with hearing loss, but only if certain conditions are met:
- Extensive pre-fit counseling is performed to set patient expectations and match those expectations with the “best fit” hearing aid technologies and hearing aid costs.
- Hearing aid fitting procedures are implemented correctly in a sequence that promotes patients’ success in learning to incorporate hearing aids into their different lifestyles.
- The hearing aid fit, the patient’s aided performance, the overall condition of the hearing aids, and the health of the patient’s ear canals are checked at least four times a year. (There is no additional charge for this follow-up).
- Tinnitus. Ringing in the ears accompanies many complaints of hearing loss, or can occur without other hearing problems. Tinnitus can signify a significant medical problem in the auditory system, or it can be an annoying or debilitating by-product of hearing loss.
- Expertise and interest in tinnitus go hand in hand with diagnosing and treating hearing problems. History taking and the diagnostic audiology test battery are important parts of investigating tinnitus complaints and tailoring recommendations for tinnitus management.
- Past and very recent research support the use of hearing aids as a highly effective means of managing tinnitus.
- Whatever the origin or recommended treatment for tinnitus, counseling is an important part of tinnitus management.
- Counseling. Patient history, hearing diagnosis, hearing protection, and hearing aid fitting all require consistent and careful discussion with each patient, individualized for their past and present needs. This is how we counsel and it is an important part of our interests and our expertise. We also encourage patients to use computer-based training methods to sharpen their auditory and listening skills.
- Expert Witness & Expert Opinion. On occasion, I am asked to testify or research and report on situations and environments in which hearing loss is a factor, or in which hearing loss may have been induced. This is a fascinating area requiring excellent diagnostic proficiency and research training. It is also a great way to learn more and hone professional skills. Throughout the years, I have helped patients and professional clients win cases and settlements.
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