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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.

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
  • 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
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Christine Wallace, AuD, CCC-A has special interest in aural rehabilitation and central auditory processing disorders. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Northwest Nazarene University, her master’s degree in audiology from Idaho State University, and her doctorate degree in audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has been in practice in Ontario since 1995, at what was then Ontario Audiology and Hearing Aids, which later became the Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Monica Weston, MS, AuD, CCC-A/SLP is interested in pediatric and adult diagnostics, hearing aids, vestibular testing, and cochlear implant rehabilitation. She has worked as a speech language pathologist with children and currently specializes in aural rehabilitation and central auditory processing. 

    Monica earned her master's degree from the University of Utah and her doctorate from Utah State University. She completed her fellowship at the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    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.