What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a health care professional who works with patients who have hearing, balance, and other ear related problems. They examine patients of all ages and diagnose, treat, and monitor disorders of the auditory or vestibular (balance) systems. If a patient is not able to hear within normal limits, the audiologist is able to fit the patient with hearing aids or map a cochlear implant for those patients with severe to profound hearing loss. An audiologist counsels a patient and the patient’s family through a diagnosis of hearing loss, offering instruction for positive communication strategies and optimal listening environments.
Other services from an audiologist can include cerumen (ear wax) removal, newborn hearing screenings, and implementing hearing safety programs. In the United States, audiologists are required to be licensed. In 2007, the entry level degree for practicing in the field became the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree. Most states require continued education for continued licensure.
Meet the Audiologists
Anna L. Bussing, Au.D.
Dr. Bussing joined the SIU audiology team in June 2011 after completing her Doctor of Audiology degree for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May 2011. She provides diagnostic testing, hearing aid fittings, and cochlear implant services for pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Bussing is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Anna is active in the local theater community and enjoys singing.
Jennifer Edmonds, Au.D.
Dr. Edmonds specializes in adult diagnostic testing and adult hearing aid fittings as well as vestibular assessment and management. She has been employed at SIU since 2005.
Dr. Edmonds received her Master’s degree in Audiology from Illinois State University and went on to finish her Doctor of Audiology at the University of Florida. She is a fellow in both the American Academy of Audiology and Illinois Academy of Audiology.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and watching her favorite sports team, the Green Bay Packers.
Kathleen is our senior Audiologist who has worked in the Division of Otolaryngolgoy since 1990. She currently is the coordinator for the Infant Hearing Screening Program. She performs infant hearing testing and ensures that all babies with hearing impairment receive timely follow-up and appropriate services for their hearing loss.
Jennifer Berry, Au.D.
Dr. Berry rejoined the SIU team in audiology after spending several years as a researcher in hearing and tinnitus. She completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at Illinois State University in December 2010. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a fellow for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).
Dr. Berry adds a new aspect to the SIU audiology department, providing tinnitus evaluations and coordinating the tinnitus management program. She assists in the clinical tinnitus research program, established by Dr. Carol Bauer. Dr.Berry also provides diagnostic testing and hearing aid fittings for adult patients.
Jennifer enjoys all types of live music, including opera, and also enjoys baking.
Suzi M. Pokrzywinski, Au.D.
Suzi Pokrzywinski is a pediatric audiologist who joined the SIU team in May 2005. She received her Master’s in Audiology from Rush University in Chicago, IL. Suzi specializes in diagnostic testing and hearing aid fittings for children of all ages. She is also a member of the SIU cochlear implant team.
Suzi is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She will be receiving her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2012.
Suzi has three children and enjoys keeping up with their different activities. She also enjoys baking and being outside.
Valerie A. Ray, Au.D.
Dr. Ray joined the SIU audiology team in 2004. She specializes in vestibular diagnostic testing and rehabilitation as well as diagnostic testing and treatment for hearing loss for adults and school aged children.
Dr. Ray completed her Master’s in Audiology at the University of Iowa and Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Florida. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology and Illinois Academy of Audiology.
Valerie is involved with feral cat welfare and also enjoys painting, traveling, and baking.