What is An Audiologist?
An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss.
Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. They conduct a variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’s hearing problem and provide a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness and provide hearing rehabilitation training and refer patients to physicians when the hearing problem needs medical or surgical intervention.
Audiologists hold masters or doctorate degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists are required to complete a full-time internship and pass a demanding national competency examination. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, Audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment, provide hearing rehabilitation services, and fit to program hearing aids.
Source: Michigan Academy of Audiology; www.mi-hearing.org/index.php/what-is-an-audiologist
Linda K. Wright, AuD, CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Linda Wright is an audiologist who works with patients of all ages in a practice setting and in local schools (Clinton & Shiawassee counties). She is passionate for her work because of her solid belief that communication is vital to a person’s quality of life. She opened Advanced Audiology in 2003 to provide DeWitt, Lansing, East Lansing and surrounding communities with a reliable and honest resource for their hearing needs.
Even with her own practice, she has continued to serve her community in unique ways. Dr. Wright is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Michigan Academy of Audiology (MAA), and serves as an Advisory Panel Member for Michigan Hands & Voices, a non-profit support group for families with children who are deaf.
Dr. Wright earned her Bachelor’s (1997) and Masters (1999) degrees from Michigan State University, and received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Florida in 2002. She strives to continue her education in advanced digital technologies to give her patients the best care possible.
For six semesters, Dr. Wright taught the Advanced Hearing Aid course to Doctorate level students at Central Michigan University. She continues to take on the challenge of teaching clinical skills to university students through their intern placements at Advanced Audiology. Dr. Wright enjoys how the students keep her on her toes with up to date testing and the latest technology. Proper testing, fitting and counseling related to hearing loss and hearing aids is vital. At Advanced Audiology there are no tricks, only honest answers about hearing loss and hearing aids. You will always experience friendly and personal care.
Her mission is to provide exceptional trusting care to her valued patients and to help them improve their quality of life through the ability to communicate effectively. Every patient gets the individual care and counseling that is vital to hearing success.
In her free time, Dr. Linda also enjoys her life as a loving wife, caring mother, Girl Scout leader, and avid reader.