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1. Specialty – Clinical and Forensic Audiology. Doctor of Audiology and Master of Audiology/Hearing Science. State license AUD 348 since 1976.

 

2. Current Position – Private Practice, Industrial Consultant, Expert Witness for the State of California.

 

3. Competencies – The evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in infants, children, adults, and seniors. Evaluating causation, providing rehabilitation guidelines and therapy, and assessing short and long-term outcomes. The State of California licensing law states that:

 

(j) An “audiologist” is one who practices audiology.

(k) “The practice of audiology” means the application of principles, methods, and procedures of measurement, testing, appraisal, prediction, consultation, counseling, instruction related to auditory, vestibular, and related functions and the modification of communicative disorders involving speech, language, auditory behavior or other aberrant behavior resulting from auditory dysfunction; and the planning, directing, conducting, supervising, or participating in programs of identification of auditory disorders, hearing conservation, cerumen removal, aural habilitation, and rehabilitation, including, hearing aid recommendation and evaluation procedures including, but not limited to, specifying amplification requirements and evaluation of the results thereof, auditory training, and speech reading, and the selling of hearing aids.

 

4. Examination and Test Experience – Electrophysiology including Auditory Evoked Potentials (VEMP, ABEP, ECoG, Cochlear Microphonic, P300, MLR, ALR) and facial nerve EMG. Otoacoustic emissions of outer hair cell activity/damage. Central Auditory Processing tests for brain function. Auditory acuity diagnostic and industrial testing (Hearing testing, industrial annual testing, HINT, Bekesy, QuickSin). Balance testing (ENG, VNG, Dynamic Posturography). Fit testing of personal ear protection.

Hearing aid testing (ear probe microphone, electro-acoustic analysis). Middle ear immittance analysis and reflexes. Sound level meter readings and dosimetry for equipment and environments including TWA, IPIL, and sound spectrum analysis.

 

5. Specializations – 1). Training in tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia, and phonophobia evaluations and therapy. 2). Hearing conservation and causation determination with emphasis in environmental acoustics and OSHA/CALOSHA laws. 3). Central Auditory Processing evaluation, measurement, and therapy. 4). Evaluation and management of balance disorders from central and peripheral dysfunction.

 

6. Certifications – Board Certified in Audiology (1999) by the American Board of Audiology. Certified Tinnitus Practitioner, Fellow (2010) by the Tinnitus Practitioners Association.

 

7. Current Consulting Positions – Chevron Refining, Chevron Maritime Shipping, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Honeywell, British Petroleum, Tesoro Oil Refinery, and Care On Site (Occupational Medicine). Responsibilities for these positions include workers’ compensation determinations, hearing conservation program design and development, and teaming with professionals in occupational medicine, safety and health, and industrial hygiene.

 

8. Teaching Experience – American Academy of Audiology national convention presentations, special courses in Audiology at California State University Los Angeles and Fullerton, and guest presenter at the House Ear Clinic, the Texas Audiology Association, and the City of Los Angeles. British Petroleum U.S. Health Conference.

 

9. Publications and Appearances – World Health News Today, the Health Channel 31. The Hearing Journal, “Hearing Matters”, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. Men’s Health Magazine, “Ear Protection at Concerts”. California, Texas, and National Academies in Audiology.

 

10. Memberships – American Academy of Audiology, California Academy of Audiology (Board Member 1986), National Hearing Conservation Association, Tinnitus Practitioners Association, and Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), and ResearchGate.

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