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West Coast Hearing & Balance is a group of highly trained professionals and support staff dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by providing the highest quality service to our patients, their families, their doctors, and the community. Each Audiologist is university trained with either a Masters or Doctorate degree in Audiology, a minimum of 7-8 years of university coursework and training.
We are committed to helping each patient manage their hearing loss for effective communication with their family and friends by providing the resources to minimize the negative consequences of hearing loss. We are also firm believers of appropriate medical management of hearing loss. When a patient needs medical intervention, we discuss these needs with the patient and make every effort to also communicate with the family physician and/or ENT physician. Most patients can obtain substantial benefit from properly fit hearing aids. The key to this success is the expertise of the audiologist who will choose and program the circuitry, the motivation of the patient, and proper counseling. We work with each patient to achieve a comfortable fit, as well as satisfaction with the degree of aided hearing improvement. If a patient is not satisfied at the end of the 30 day adjustment period, the patient can obtain a 100% refund.
We hope you have a pleasant experience at our office and we thank you for the opportunity to serve your hearing health care needs. We are always open to suggestions or comments that will improve the quality of our service.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Diagnostic Audiology including hearing, balance & dizziness evaluations.
Michelle Bruszer, AuD, Audiologist 2010-Present
Dr. Michelle Bruszer graduated with her AuD from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. She has worked at South Florida ENT Neuro-Otology Associates, Miami Speech & Hearing Center, University of Miami Miramar Medical Group, and Sunrise Neurology Medical Group. Dr. Bruszer is experienced in working with children and adults. Dr. Bruszer is Board Eligible.
Jennifer Kwast, MA, CCC-A, Audiologist 2010-Present
Jennifer Kwast graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Speech and Hearing Science in 1993, and obtained a MA in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1996. Over the past 15 years Jennifer has obtained extensive experience in Audiology working at the California Ear Institute at Stanford, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Children’s Hospital of Oakland, and the Michigan ENT Consultants. Jennifer is Board Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She specializes in working with infants and children, as well as adults.
Emily Schauwecker, AuD, CCC-A, ABA Senior Audiologist 2011-Present
Dr. Emily Schauwecker is our newest associate and we are fortunate she has joined our practice. Dr. Schauwecker graduated with her AuD from the University of Louisville in 2005. She worked 5 years for Orange County Physicians’ Hearing Services, which has 6 ENTs and 10 audiologists. Dr. Schauwecker is experienced in diagnostic audiological evaluations, vestibular evaluations, and hearing aids for infants, children and adults. She is Board Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and American Board of Audiology.
Carissa Bennett, AuD, CCC-A Audiologist/Director of Operations 2004-Present
Dr. Carissa Bennett graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara in Speech and Hearing Science in 1978, obtained a Masters in Audiology from the University of Washington in 1981, and an AuD in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2003. She was an Audiologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles from 1981-1986, with an emphasis on medical-legal audiology with Aram Glorig, MD, and hearing aid research with James Sheehy, MD. She entered private practice in 1986 with Dr. Gregory Frazer and co-owned and operated Hearing Care Associates. Dr. Bennett is experienced in working with infants, children, and adults, and specializes in diagnostic audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations & hearing aid dispensing. Dr. Bennett is Board Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has been Director of Operations for West Coast Hearing & Balance since 2008.
Gregory Frazer, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, ABA, NBC-HIS
Director of Audiology 2004-Present
Dr. Gregory Frazer entered private practice Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing in 1982. For 14 years he owned and operated Hearing Care Associates, which had 23 offices and was one of the largest audiology private practices in the U.S. Dr. Frazer is a well-known clinician and teacher, and was the first audiologist to obtain dual doctorates in Audiology, both a PhD. in Audiology as well as the new Clinical Doctorate of Audiology, the AuD. He was a UCLA Clinical Instructor and Chief of Audiology in the Department of Head & Neck Surgery at Olive View Medical Center 1984-1986, University of Florida AuD Audiology Instructor 1999-2010, A T Still University Adjunct Professor in Audiology 2001-Present, UC San Diego/San Diego State University Adjunct Professor in Audiology 2008-Present. He is Board Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, and the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. Dr. Frazer specializes in the evaluation and treatment of vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders. Dr. Frazer is experienced in working with infants, children, and adults. He is semi-fluent in Spanish and Sign Language.
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