Paula Rivers is co-owner of RK Audiology and is a native Texan, born and raised in Mineral Wells. She has been an audiologist for over 15 years and her professional background includes experience in sales, training, hearing research and product design with several hearing aid manufacturers. In addition, she worked in a variety of clinical settings dispensing hearing instruments and conducting diagnostic testing. Paula received her Bachelor of Science in Communication and Human Relations from Texas Christian University and her Master of Science in Audiology at the University of North Texas. Paula is a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology and the Austin Audiology Society.
Janet Krueger is co-owner of RK Audiology and is also a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. She has been in the audiology profession for over 20 years; prior to private practice, she worked for two different hearing aid manufacturers in customer training and sales roles. Her clinical experience includes hearing aid dispensing, diagnostic testing at a neuro-rehabilitation center, an otolaryngology office and with the state school system. In addition, Janet has consulted with an Early Childhood Intervention program for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Communication Disorders and teaching certificate from Baylor University, and her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a founding board member of the Texas Academy of Audiology, and continues to serve on the board in various capacities. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, member of the Austin Audiology Society and Past President of the Scott Haug Foundation.
Dr. Amanda Zappler has lived in Austin for 30 years and is firmly entrenched in Austin culture. She is a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialty in Audiology at the University of Texas in Austin. Amanda received a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Audiology from UT Austin and her Doctor of Audiology from A.T Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. Amanda became an audiologist after an 8-year career as a kindergarten teacher. She developed a passion for helping people with hearing loss as a result of her youngest child being identified as hearing impaired at an early age.
Amanda has had a 20-year career as an audiologist and has a rich experience base to draw from including hearing aid manufacturing, private practice, VA hospital service, and academia.
Amanda is an avid music lover with many professional musicians in her family. She works with HAAM and MusiCares providing accessible audiology services to local musicians. She loves animals and enjoys spending time with her dog, Dexter, exploring the many trails and parks around central Texas.
Amanda is a consultant with RK Audiology, available by appointment.
She is also a professional artist and can be found at the local Farmer’s Markets every Saturday with her business, Arte Para la Vida.
Leslie Sonnenklar is not a native Texan but says,”I got here as fast as I could” from frozen winters in Minnesota where she was raised…just a short trip down US IH 35 from Rochester to Corpus Christi, TX (by way of a short side bar south on 37) in 1992. Since then, it’s been warm and warmer, the perfect environment to grow herself and her two children!
She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, with a BA in Humanities. Leslie has proven to be like most folks with that degree, “a dilettante, a dualist and a dabbler,” to quote a favorite professor. After eschewing an invitation from U of M Law School she had several successful careers in fashion – buyer, manager and owner of boutiques, several years in New York as jewelry designer. Back at home, a licensed insurance broker and early into the cellular market when phones were “bricks” or carried around in a big bag! Moving to Texas, she found her true, most perfect calling though the back door as a business manager in the hearing aid industry. Leslie found the clinic to be better than the office and immediately apprenticed to become a hearing instrument specialist.
Leslie moved to Austin in 2000 to work for with a hearing aid manufacturer, problem solving with patients from the private sector who were not satisfied with their fittings. A great, challenging job! But private practice called her back to immediate patient care and she found her greatest satisfaction growing a small practice into one that now has three local offices as part of a large family practice based in Fort Worth. That practice, all of it, was sold to a corporate entity in 2012 and Leslie retired in August 2015. But retirement is not in her make-up, so she is now a consultant with RK Audiology, available by appointment.
Venessa Rector is the Office Manager for RK Audiology and the voice and face who will greet you bright and early. When not at RK, Venessa enjoys camping, swimming, and other outdoor fun with her husband and kids. She loves exploring Austin and finding new restaurants and adventures.
About this clinic
RK Audiology specializes in the evaluation, fitting and programming of all levels of hearing instrument technology. Expertise in custom-fit in-ear products for musicians, athletes, recreational sports enthusiasts, audiophiles and those needing a bit of peace and quiet while reading or sleeping.
RK Audiology staff provide hearing evaluations and the fitting, programming and repair of all major hearing aid technology. Additional services include video otoscopy, earwax removal, real ear measurement and ear impressions for custom earplugs, earmolds and in-ear monitors.
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|Monday||9:00 am - 6:00 pm
|Tuesday||9:00 am - 6:00 pm
|Wednesday||9:00 am - 6:00 pm
|Thursday||9:00 am - 6:00 pm
|Friday||9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Accepted forms of payment
- American Express
- Financing available for those who qualify