Ariana Quinn, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Ariana Quinn graduated with her clinical doctorate in Audiology from the University of Connecticut. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut with a major in Communication Disorders. Ariana completed her doctoral clinical training with RI ENT which has helped her transition smoothly into her position as an Audiologist. She specializes in the diagnostic and non-medical treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Ariana holds state licensure for Rhode Island and is a clinical fellow with the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech and Hearing Organization.
Melissa Colwell, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Melissa Colwell graduated with her clinical doctorate in Audiology from the University of Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State University with a major in Communication Disorders and completed her clinical training at the Veterans Health Administration in Boston, Massachusetts. Melissa specializes in the diagnostic and non-medical treatment of hearing and balance disorders as well as tinnitus management. Melissa holds state licensure for Rhode Island.
Jillian Blaisdell, Au.D
Doctor of Audiology
Jillian Blaisdell graduated with her clinical doctorate in Audiology from the University of Connecticut. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree and Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Vermont with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology. Jillian completed her doctoral clinical training with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in the diagnostic and non-medical treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Jillian holds state licensure for Rhode Island.
What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional that will diagnose, treat, and manage individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. Audiologists have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. Their academic and clinical training provides the foundation for patient management from birth through adulthood. Audiologists determine appropriate patient treatment of hearing and balance problems by combining a complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular assessments. Based upon the diagnosis, the audiologist presents a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment of balance problems. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive habilitative program. As primary hearing health providers our team of physician's and audiologists work very closely together when hearing or balance problems require medical or surgical treatment.
Why should someone with hearing loss be evaluated by an audiologist? More than 28 million Americans have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved. Children and teenagers seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults may lose their hearing so gradually they do not realize if it is happening. The first step in the treatment of a hearing problem is getting a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. By virtue of their education and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing rehabilitation services such as the dispensing and fitting of hearing aids.
Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services Provided
Diagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.
Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.
Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.
Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular and balance function testing (dizziness and imbalance).Electrocochleography (EcochG): beneficial in the diagnosis of Endolymphatic Hydrops/Meniere's Disease.
Hearing Aid Services:
Audiologists provide complete hearing aid and assistive listening device services to patients with hearing problems. Audiologists provide education and training so that patients with hearing impairment can benefit from amplification and communicative devices. Audiologists dispense the majority of hearing aids in the United States. We use the most advanced computerized procedures to individualize the proper selection and fitting of hearing aids. Careful review of benefits, limitations and hearing aid options are provided to each patient based on their individual needs. Follow up care and hearing aid accessories are available during normal office hours for all three of our locations.
For most people hearing loss develops slowly over time and therefore goes undiagnosed. Identifying some common difficulties may help you or someone you know to determine the need for a baseline-hearing test. If you answer yes to any of the following questions we recommend you contact our office or your physician to schedule a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Do you have any trouble understanding conversation in noisy environments or group settings? Do you notice that you can hear voices but cannot always understand what is being said? Do your friends or family members complain that you turn the television up to loudly? Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves? Do you avoid social situations because you can't hear well and worry you will respond incorrectly? Do you frequently think people mumble when they speak to you?