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Upper Valley Hearing & Balance, Inc. is Troy's only full service audiology practice. Drs. Rudy and Lins offer a combined history of over 40 years practicing audiology in the greater Miami Valley community. We provide comprehensive hearing care including hearing assessments, rehabilitation, education, and counseling. We also fit and dispense the lastest technologically-advanced hearing instruments and related devices to suit all types of hearing loss and life styles. All hearing aids are fitted on a trial basis to insure your complete satisfaction before purchase.
Due to the ever-expanding needs of our patients, we recently moved to a much larger and beautifully-renovated office located at Stanfield Place, 31 Stanfield Road, Troy, OH. This allows us more direct access to local physicians, including ear surgeons. In doing so we have added complete diagnostic balance services with treatment available on-site. This makes our center Miami County's only comprehensive vestibular program, including medical, diagnostic and rehabilitative intervention under one roof.
Audiologic care is the protection, preservation, evaluation, and treatment of hearing and balance funtions of the human audio-vestibular system, and is provided only by Audiologists, either individually or as part of a health care team. The goal of the Audiologist is to use her professional skills to improve the quality of life for each patient.
At Upper Valley Hearing & Balance, Inc., we strive to provide our patients with quality, state-of-the-art audiological services while maintaining a caring and family-friendly patient atmosphere.
We continue to expand our scope of practice as technology moves forward and are able to offer a wide range of services related to the diagnosis and rehabilitation of the audiotory and vestibular systems.
•Diagnostic Services: Includes careful hearing and health history, physical examination of the ears, and hearing evaluation. Additional testing will be determined based on the individual needs of each patient, and may include Tympanometry (to assess middle ear function), Otoacoustic Emission testing (an objective test of inner ear function), Videonystagmography (for assessment of balance disorders), or Auditory Brainstem Response (objective measure of auditory function).
•Hearing Aids: Recommendations will be based on the results of your evaluation, as well as assessment of your communication needs. We dispense all levels of digital hearing aid technology and other assistive devices, and pride ourselves on staying current as new products are introduced. By keeping advertising to a minimum, we are proud to be able to offer a "best price" promise on all products.
•Assistive Technology: Sometimes hearing aids alone are not enough. We will carefully assess your individual situation, and if appropriate, make recommendations for Bluetooth adaptors, TV or phone amplifiers, or other assistive devices.
•Custom earmolds: Swim plugs, custom fit hearing protection, and musicians in-ear monitors are available, as well as the hugely popular custom fit iPod and MP3 earmolds.
Dr. Kate Williamson Lins is a graduate of the Ohio State University (BA, MA) and the University of Florida (AuD). She has practiced audiology locally since 1997. Dr. Lins has worked closely with ear, nose, and throat physicians, in hearing instrument dispensing clinics, and has been affiiliated with Upper Valley Medical Center since 1999. In 2007, Dr. Lins and Dr. Rudy formed Upper Valley Hearing & Balance, Inc., a private audiology practice located within Upper Valley Medical Center. Dr. Lins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and licensed to practice audiology by the State of Ohio. She is also a member of the Ohio Academy of Audiologists.
Dr. Lins and her husband Doug are both graduates of Troy High School, and continue to reside in Troy with their four young children. Dr. Lins is an active volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees at both Overfield Early Childhood Program and Brukner Nature Center. She is also involved in volunteer work with St. Patrick Church and School.
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Dr. Jane Rudy, an audiologist since 1974, graduated from Miami University, the University of Maryland and the University of Florida. She began her career in hearing aid research in Washington D.C. before eventually moving to Troy in 1979 where her husband became the fourth generation in his family business. After nine years with Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Dr. Rudy saw the need for comprehensive audiology services in Miami County. In 1988, she became the first audiologist to open a private audiology practice and hearing aid dispensary in Miami County. While caring for the hearing needs of local citizens, she has been privileged to be on staff at UVMC since 1980 and to work with many fine ear, nose and throat surgeons in our area. In 2007 she expanded her practice to include Dr. Lins and opened a new state-of-the-art office located within UVMC.
Dr. Rudy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Board Certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured widely on audiology issues. During her 34 years in practice Dr. Rudy has witnessed an evolution in her field and continues to be excited about sharing incredible advancements in diagnostic procedures and hearing aid technology with her patients.
Dr. Rudy and her husband, Bill, have been residents of Troy since 1979. Mr. Rudy is a retired owner of Rudy, Inc. an agricultural and grain marketing business in Covington and West Milton. Mr. Rudy is a long-time survivor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and together they spend time addressing the needs of the disabled. Dr. and Mr. Rudy have two adult children: a son, Evan, who is in global securities and investments in Chicago; and a daughter, Anna, a graphic artist, also residing in Chicago.
Drs. Rudy & Lins Review
“Dr Rudy is extremely kind and caring. Excellent success with treatment as well. : )”