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Audiology

Our licensed doctors of audiology provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for hearing loss, hearing disorders, and balance problems affecting people of all ages. To manage hearing loss, our team will evaluate your hearing, advise you on a complete range of hearing aid and assistive device options, fit your hearing aids, and provide comprehensive follow-up care. Our team also offers you Idaho’s primary cochlear implant program to bring a sense of sound to people who have severe to profound hearing loss. And if you have another hearing or balance disorder, we’ll work with you and your family to determine the cause and most appropriate treatment.

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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.

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  • Audiology

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    Gabriel Anne Bargen, PhD, CCC-A/SLP is an assistant professor at Idaho State University (ISU). She provides as-needed support to staff and patients at Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Centers. Gabriel specializes in pediatric diagnostics and auditory evoked potentials, and serves on the Idaho Sound Beginnings advisory committee and the Idaho Speech Hearing Association executive board.  

    Dr. Bargen earned her bachelor’s degree in communication science disorders from Texas Christian University. She earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from University of Nebraska and her master’s degree in audiology from University of Kansas, where she also earned her doctoral research degree in audiology. She currently teaches several courses at ISU including Pediatric Audiology and Advance Topics in Aural Rehabilitation. She has given numerous professional presentations and recently published an article in the American Journal of Audiology. Her current research interests include auditory brainstem response chirp stimulus, comparison of auditory and visual processing skills, and wideband acoustic immittance (WAI) measurements. 

     

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    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.

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  • Audiology

    Biography

    Hillary Carlson, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA specializes in pediatric diagnostics, auditory evoked potentials, and amplification. She is also an audiology consultant for the Idaho Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program, where she assists and provides training to hospitals and physicians with their newborn hearing screening programs and about hearing loss. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in biology from The Ohio State University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Idaho State University.

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  • Audiology

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    Jessica Clark, AuD specializes in pediatric diagnostics, auditory evoked potentials, and hearing aids as well as services for adults. She is also an audiology consultant for the Idaho Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program, where she assists and provides training to hospitals and physicians with their newborn hearing screening programs and about hearing loss. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Minot State University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Idaho State University.

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  • Audiology

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    April Fagerson, AuD has professional interest in practice management and adult diagnostics, particularly related to vestibular disorders and tinnitus management. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Salus University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and hearing sciences/audiology from Washington State University. 

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  • 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.

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  • Audiology

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    Dana Gladd, AuD, CCC-A, AIB-CVAM has professional interest in vestibular testing, adult and pediatric diagnostics, hearing aids, tinnitus, and cochlear implant rehabilitation. She has research experience in several areas including the effects of noise on workplace environments, galvanic vestibular stimulation, and cochlear implants. She earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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  • Audiology

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    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.

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  • Audiology

    Biography

    Jenna Hoffman, AuD focuses on cochlear implant rehabilitation, evoked potentials, and pediatric evaluation and rehabilitation. She has unique research experience in several areas including the use of cochlear implants together with hearing aids and hearing loss in the percussionist population. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Louisville and her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She was a clinical fellow for one year at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona before joining Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center.

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  • Audiology

    Biography

    Shane Hunsaker, AuD performs all aspects of audiological testing, including adult and pediatric hearing and vestibular testing. He specializes in auditory brainstem response testing of infants and adults. He also tests and fits the latest in digital hearing aid technology to maximize each of his patients' hearing abilities.

    Dr. Hunsaker earned his doctoral degree in audiology from Salus University and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology. He has served as a state advocate for legislation promoting better hearing for children with hearing loss. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, music, and reading.

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  • Audiology

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    Robert C. Jensen, Au.D. specializes in comprehensive hearing evaluation, dizzy and balance disorder evaluation, and digital hearing aid fitting and programming for all ages. He has a passion for helping his patients overcome the difficulties that a hearing loss or balance disorder may be causing in their lives. He enjoys learning about new hearing aid technology and figuring out how it can work best for his patients' needs. He also enjoys assisting the physicians he works with in the diagnosis and treatment of ear disorders.

    Dr. Jensen received both his bachelor's degree in anthropology and his doctorate of audiology from the University of Utah. While completing his doctorate, he had the privilege of working in a variety of environments, giving him a wide range of experience in audiology.

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  • Audiology

    Biography

    Paul Lancaster, AuD, F-AAA has specific interests in adult amplification. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from Utah State University, where he also earned his doctorate degree in audiology. He completed his residency program at a private practice in Northern California. He published his dissertation on tele-health in audiology in the American Journal of Audiology, and he continues to have interest in research.

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  • Audiology

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    Larissa Mann, AuD, CCC-A specializes in auditory evoked potential testing, diagnostics, and amplification for adults and children. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Central Michigan University and completed her residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Andrews University.

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  • Audiology

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    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.

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  • Audiology

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    Karrie Pargman, AuD, F-AAA has professional interest in cochlear implants, evoked potentials, assessment of hearing loss, and hearing aids for adults and children. She has research experience in speech-evoked auditory brainstem response testing for diagnosis of auditory processing disorders. Dr. Pargman earned her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Utah and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont.

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  • Audiology

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    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.


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  • Audiology

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    Jay Richman, AuD specializes in adult and pediatric diagnostics and amplification, auditory evoked potentials, tinnitus rehabilitation, aural rehabilitation, hearing conservation, and vestibular diagnostic testing. His research interests are in pediatric vestibular rehabilitation and tinnitus management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Brigham Young University and his doctoral degree in audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. His passions include running marathons, triathlons, his wife, and his three kids.

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  • Audiology

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    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.

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  • Audiology

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    Jessica Stich-Hennen, AuD, PAS specializes in pediatric diagnostics and amplification, auditory evoked potentials, and central auditory processing disorder evaluations. She manages St. Luke’s Boise newborn hearing screening and works as the primary audiologist for the Idaho Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team. She serves on the Idaho Hands and Voices Advisory Board and the conference committee for Idaho Speech Hearing Association.


    Dr. Stich-Hennen earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Idaho State University and her bachelor of science in business administration from North Dakota State University. In 2011, she became one of seven audiologists in the country to obtain specialty certification in pediatric audiology. She has given numerous professional presentations and published a chapter in the 2013 EHDI E-book.

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  • Audiology

    Biography

    Laurie Stucki, AuD performs diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and vestibular assessments. She enjoys interacting with patients from all age groups. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from PCO School of Audiology and her master's degree in audiology from Idaho State University.

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  • Audiology

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    Rebecca Taylor, AuD specializes in hearing evaluations, hearing device fitting, and vestibular diagnostic evaluations for adults. She earned her master’s degree in audiology from Syracuse University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Salus University.


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  • Audiology

    Biography

    Theresa Trimarco, AuD has professional interest in assessment of hearing loss and fitting hearing aids for adults. She earned bachelor’s degrees in speech pathology/audiology and Spanish from Marquette University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Central Michigan University. Before joining the Hearing and Balance Center, she worked for private practices and non-profit hearing centers in Chicago.

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  • Audiology

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    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.

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  • 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.

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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.