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About Our Audiologists

The Hearing and Balance Center audiologists are professionals with a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree who have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Each audiologist also has met licensure and credentialing standards to work in the state of Maryland and at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Audiologists are trained to:

  • Evaluate hearing and identify hearing loss
  • Determine the need for hearing aids and assistive listening technology
  • Select and fit hearing aids
  • Counsel patients and their families about the effects of hearing loss on daily life
  • Evaluate the balance system
  • Provide rehabilitation for BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
  • Refer to specialists (e.g. otolaryngologist) for medical or surgical management of hearing loss or balance problems when indicated
  • Develop and implement hearing conservation programs
  • Evaluate audiological cochlear implant candidacy
  • Perform activation and follow-up programming and testing of cochlear implant patients

Staff

Nicole Nguyen

Nicole Nguyen, Au.D., CISC, FAAA
Director of Clinical Audiology

Dr. Nguyen has been with the University of Maryland since 2009 and was named Director of Audiology in 2013. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Maryland-College Park. She provides services for patients of all ages with hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Nguyen is a board certified specialist in cochlear implants and teaches a course on Implantable Devices to graduate students. She sees patients with cochlear implants at the main office in Baltimore and at a satellite location in College Park, MD. Dr. Nguyen also provides services for patients in the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Program. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Suzanne Bressette

Suzanne Bressette, Au.D., CCC-A
Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Bressette has over 20 years experience in working with hearing impaired patients. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Florida and her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical specialties include working with the hearing impaired and balance disorder patients with a special interest in cochlear implants.


Christina Do

Christina Do, Au.D., CCC-A
Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Do received her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Maryland-College Park. She completed her clinical residency in the University of Maryland Department of Otorhinolaryngology-HNS and joined the staff in 2013. She provides services for adult patients with hearing and balance disorders, with a special interest in tinnitus and hyperacusis. Her doctoral research focused on vestibulo-ocular reflex suppression in adults using visual and non-visual stimuli. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  

Annie FerruggiaroAnnie Ferruggiaro, Au.D., CCC-A
Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Ferruggiaro joined the staff at the Hearing and Balance Center in 2014. She received her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Maryland-College Park. She completed her clinical residency at Georgetown University and gained experience in the field of Audiology at the Hearing and Balance Center at Yale University and at Kaiser Permanente. She has a wide range of clinical experience involving the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders for patient of all ages, with a special interest in the pediatric population. She is certified as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

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