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Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center: Meridian

Your ears affect more than your hearing and balance—they affect your quality of life. At Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance, we’re here to help. As the region's most comprehensive audiology and vestibular rehabilitation provider, we care for adults and children with services such as tinnitus testing and treatment, hearing tests, cochlear implants, hearing aid evaluation, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) testing and treatment, and rehabilitation and support groups. We also offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders resulting from hearing impairment. We'll educate and train parents, and consult with schools, when appropriate.

Our balance and vestibular services include evaluations and treatment for conditions such as vertigo, light-headed dizziness, and motion sensitivity; as well as assessment and treatment for people who have disequilibrium, a history of falls, or have a fear of falling. This may include patients recovering from a stroke, joint replacement, or those with Parkinson’s disease.

Providers

  • Audiology

    Biography

    Debbie Baerlocher, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA is our clinic lead in pediatrics, focusing on evoked potentials, diagnostics, and amplification. She is coordinator of the newborn hearing screening program at St. Luke’s Meridian and serves on the team of consulting audiologists for the state Early Hearing and Detection program—Idaho Sound Beginnings—providing training to hospitals and physicians about newborn hearing screening and hearing loss. She is also the editor of our patient newsletter, Hear the News. Dr. Baerlocher earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Central Michigan University; her doctoral research project was published in the Journal of Educational Audiology.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Maria Fisher, AuD specializes in diagnostic hearing testing and hearing aid fitting for children and adults, auditory evoked potentials, and adult aural rehabilitation. Her research involving early intervention and physician outreach was published in the ASHA Leader in 2011 and she presented similar research in 2010 at the National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference in Chicago. Dr. Fisher earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Utah State University and completed her doctoral residency at the Hearing and Balance Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from Brigham Young University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Shannon Gower, AuD, CCC-A specializes in auditory evoked potentials, central auditory processing disorders, and diagnostic evaluation and rehabilitation for children and adults. She currently serves on the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing board. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Salus University and master’s degree in audiology from Idaho State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Heather Kurth, DPT is certified in vestibular rehabilitation. She enjoys collaborating with audiologists and other physical therapists to provide the best care for her patients. She participates in balance screenings at local health fairs and throughout the community, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA).

    Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the College of Idaho and her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Idaho State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Brenda Mecier, AuD, CCC-A specializes in adult hearing device fittings and vestibular testing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her master’s degree from Utah State University. She earned her clinical doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Florida, and holds the certificate of clinical competence (CCC) in audiology with the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Brenda has served on the Idaho Speech and Hearing Services board and has supervised Idaho State University audiology students during clinical rotations.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Kate Savage, AuD, CCC-A focuses her clinical practice on adult diagnostic and rehabilitation, vestibular testing, hearing aids, and central auditory processing disorders. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Idaho State University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Idaho State University. She completed her residency at Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center in Boise before joining the center.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Carmen Schmidt, MPT is certified in vestibular rehabilitation. She is dedicated to problem-solving and helping patients overcome balance and dizziness concerns. She has earned vestibular competency, vestibular function testing competency, and advanced vestibular competency. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

    Carmen earned her master’s degree in physical therapy from Idaho State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Erika Blanchard, CCC-A, F-AAA manages the audiology program at St. Luke’s with a focus on quality program development and compliance. She specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification, and is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country.

    Erika is the network audiologist with National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management for the Pacific Northwest and the audiology coordinator for Idaho Sound Beginnings, Idaho's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology with an emphasis in developmental disabilities and teaching English as a second language from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her postgraduate studies in audiology at Idaho State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Considering Cochlear Implants?

Our Team Can Help

If you or your child has severe hearing loss, cochlear implants may be able to offer a sense of sound, as well as improved ability to understand speech and speak clearly. Our team will work with you to evaluate whether or not this surgery is an appropriate option.