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Dr. Kathryn Girardin is the Director of Clarke Hearing Center and oversees the Audiology team. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Central Michigan University, and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders as well as her Master of Arts in Audiology from University of Connecticut. She is licensed to practice Audiology in the State of Massachusetts, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is Board Certified in Audiology.
Dr. Girardin joined the Center for Audiological Services in 2007 bringing with her several years of experience with both pediatric and adult patients working in a variety of settings including a hospital, a non-profit speech and hearing center and an otolaryngology practice. Dr. Girardin has served as the Audiology Consultant to the Maine Newborn Hearing Program, owned and operated an industrial hearing company along with her husband, Hank, and most recently served as the Executive Director of an auditory oral early program in Maine offering aural habilitation and rehabilitation services for infants to elderly who are deaf or hard of hearing in Maine.
About this clinic
Clarke offers a variety of hearing health care services for adults and children. The Hearing Center in Northampton helps individuals of all ages improve their access to sound through expert evaluations and state-of-the-art amplification in a friendly and supportive environment.
We provide individualized attention aimed at helping all clients function happily and effectively in their day-to-day lives with the hearing equipment and support that is most appropriate for them.
The Hearing Center provides the following hearing health services for infants through adults:
Assessing the type and degree of hearing loss
Working with the patient and their family to create a detailed picture of how hearing loss is impacting the patient’s communication
Determining how hearing loss may be affecting client’s education, occupational performance, or social interactions.
Ensuring the patient understands his/her hearing loss and how it impacts the listener
Involving and educating the client’s family members and significant others to help them understand how the client’s hearing loss impacts listening and communication and what they can do to help.
Hearing aids recommendations when appropriate
Individualized prescriptions for amplification, based on a detailed history, test results, and conversations with the patient and family
Verification of the fitting, utilizing state of the art technology
Annual care and support for the use of the amplification throughout its lifetime
We offer a wide selection of custom earmolds for use with personal hearing aids, cell phones, office telephones, MP3 players, swim earplugs, earplugs for blocking out noise during sleep
Providing sound level measurements to assure noise exposure is below the allowable levels
Recommending appropriate environmental changes and/or personal hearing protection
Hearing Protection: We offer a wide range of ear plugs with various filtering characteristics to help reduce unwanted noise exposure while maintaining the information necessary for communication or musical enjoyment
A full line of active and passive hearing protection is available for hunters, musicians, and the hobbyist