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Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center: Ontario

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.

Hearing Aid Services
Our team works with state-of-the-art hearing aid technology to improve your hearing and your life. Our doctors of audiology will work closely with you to find the best hearing aids for your hearing loss, your listening needs, and your lifestyle. Our hearing aids can even connect to your smart phone to allow you to control them from your phone, listen to music, and significantly improve your ability to hear while on the phone. We also offer extensive follow-up services to ensure you're receiving the most benefit from your hearing aids, along with improved quality of life. 

We work hard to keep our prices as affordable as possible and take pride in being one of the most affordable options in the region. We also offer zero-interest financing to help you get the best technology appropriate for your needs. If you have trouble affording hearing aids, we can help! As a not-for-profit, we offer multiple charitable-care options.

Balance and Vestibular Services
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

    Sam Peterson AuD, F-AAA earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Idaho State University, where he also earned his doctorate degree in audiology. He completed his doctoral externship in southern New Mexico at a private practice that specializes in diagnostic audiometric testing for adults and children, hearing aid assessment and fitting, and ear wax removal. While in graduate school, Dr. Peterson’s capstone project focused on techniques for better assessing middle ear function, to assist in more accurate identification and treatment of middle ear disorders.

    Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is the proud father of three children, and enjoys watching football and exercising in his spare time.


    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
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Kristie Smith, AuD has professional interests in adult and pediatric diagnostics, amplification, auditory evoked potentials, and vestibular diagnostic evaluations.

    Kristie earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University, and her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Derek Wood, DPT is a licensed physical therapist who specializes in vestibular rehabilitation. He treats a variety of disorders and helps people overcome dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance issues. Derek enjoys collaborating with other practitioners in providing the best care possible.

    Derek earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and his doctorate in physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

    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.


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