Audiologists

 

Matthew Kelley, Au.D., CCC-A

Audiology Manager
 

Education

  • Doctor of Audiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005

Licenses and Certifications

  • License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Certification of Clinical Competency – American Speech, Language, Hearing Association
  • Fellow - American Academy of Audiology

Other

  • Employed with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC since 2010

Clinical Interests/Concentration

  • Personal experience with hearing loss includes over 25 years of hearing aid use
  • Amplification selection and fitting
  • Electroacoustic analysis of hearing devices
  • Hearing conservation

Personal Perspective

“Growing up with a hearing loss has provided me a unique perspective on helping others hear better. I have had the opportunity to use both analog and digital hearing aids, and my severe to profound hearing loss has granted me the capability of personally evaluating new technology as it enters the market. This journey has helped me develop a more comprehensive approach when managing someone’s hearing loss. While hearing aids may be part of the solution, my experience has proven that only when identifying all of a patient’s hearing needs can we deliver the greatest amount of success.”

 

Alison Cavanaugh, Au.D., CCC-A 

Education

  • Doctor of Audiology, A.T. Still University, 2013
  • Master of Science in Audiology, Purdue University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, SUNY, The College at New Paltz, 1993

Licenses and Certifications

  • License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Certification of Clinical Competency - American Speech, Language, Hearing Association
  • Fellow - American Academy of Audiology

Other

  • Employed with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC since 1995

Clinical Interests/Concentration

  • Amplification selection and fitting
  • Bone anchored hearing systems
  • Ototoxic monitoring
  • Hearing conservation
  • Pediatric and adult hearing assessment

Personal Perspective

“I enjoy the challenges and rewards of my profession every day.  The challenge of getting a hearing evaluation completed on a screaming child, the challenge of explaining the implications of hearing loss on one’s communications abilities, the challenge of meeting a patient’s expectations with their new hearing aids.  And then reaping the rewards of being able to tell parents that putting ear tubes in have returned their child’s hearing to normal or fitting a patient with hearing aids and having them tell me what a difference this made in their lives and they don’t know why they didn’t get hearing aids sooner!”

 

Shelley Letendre, M.A., CCC-A 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Audiology, University of Connecticut, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, Worcester State College, 1997

Licenses and Certifications

  • License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Certification of Clinical Competency – American Speech, Language, Hearing Association
  • Fellow - American Academy of Audiology

Other

  • Employed with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC since 1999

Clinical Interests/Concentration

  • Amplification selection and fitting
  • Diagnostic audiology for pediatric and adult populations
  • Vestibular assessment utilizing Electronystagmography (VNG/ENG)

Personal Perspective

“Working as an audiologist in a busy ENT practice is an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience that allows me to help many people with a variety of hearing and balance issues. Hearing loss is an issue that can have a tremendous impact on a person’s daily life – it can affect them socially, professionally and educationally. I see time and time again that people with hearing loss stop doing the things they enjoy due to the communication difficulties they experience. I am able to improve their quality of life by helping them “reconnect” with their hearing and get them back to doing the things they enjoy. It is enormously satisfying to be a part of that!”

 

Cynthia Beauregard, M.A., CCC-A 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Audiology, University of Connecticut, 1980
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1975

Licenses and Certifications

  • License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) - American Speech, Language, Hearing Association, 1981

Other

  • Employed with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC since 2000
  • Practicing Audiologist since 1980

Clinical Interests/Concentration

  • Diagnostic evaluation of hearing loss in pediatric and adult populations
  • Vestibular assessment utilizing Electronystagmography (VNG/ENG)
  • Counseling patients about hearing aid candidacy, hearing protection/conservation
  • Taking impressions for custom earmolds for hearing protection and making in-house earmolds for patients requiring water precautions

Personal Perspective

“A career in Audiology was a natural choice for me since I grew up with deaf relatives and developed a sensitivity to persons with communication disorders at an early age. Despite communication challenges, my aunts and their husbands led happy, productive lives. Although they did use Sign language as their primary communication mode, they did learn to speak with varying degrees of success. One aunt had normal hearing children and enjoyed four normal hearing grandchildren. My other aunt chose not to have children as she feared they would be born deaf. Fortunately, advances in technology now make it possible for hearing-impaired children to be diagnosed at birth, thanks to committed professionals in the field who actively lobbied for what eventually became the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening law in our country.  Being able to identify hearing-impairment at birth now means that the majority of children are not getting diagnosed late, which is critical so that the important speech/language learning years from 0-3 years of age are not lost. With hearing aids being fit as early as 1-3 months of age and/or later cochlear implantation if indicated, earlier intervention is possible to provide a promising future for these children. Studies are showing that the communication, academic, social and emotional gaps or delays are now significantly more narrow for this population as compared to normal hearing peers. It has been very exciting to be part of a profession that enables the hearing-impaired to successfully function in society and reach their potential. If only my aunts and uncles were still here to see how things have improved.”

 

 

Marcella McDevitt, Au.D., CCC-A 

Education

  • Doctor of Audiology, A.T. Still University, 2013
  • Master of Arts in Business Administration, College of St. Rose, 1995
  • Master of Arts in Audiology, University of Iowa, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Cornell University, 1977

Licenses and Certifications

  • License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Certification of Clinical Competency - American Speech, Language, Hearing Association
  • Fellow - American Academy of Audiology
  • Member and Past Board Member - Massachusetts Speech and Hearing Association
  • Certified in the SKI-HI program for the early intervention of hearing impaired children

Other

  • Employed with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC since 2006
  • Practicing Audiologist since 1982

Clinical Interests/Concentration

  • Amplification selection and fitting
  • Bone anchored hearing systems
  • Ototoxic monitoring
  • Hearing conservation
  • Pediatric and adult hearing assessment
  • Balance assessment

Personal Perspective

“People often ask me, “What made you become an Audiologist?”  The answer is quite simple, it’s personal.  There is a history of early onset hearing loss in my family.  When I was a child, I remember my father as a gregarious, vibrant man who slowly retreated into a very small, isolated world as his hearing deteriorated.  He refused to talk on the phone.  My mother became his communications device.  Social events were frustrating because he couldn’t hear conversation.  Hearing aids only provided limited benefit back then.  I went to graduate school in audiology to make a difference in his life but, unfortunately, he passed away my final year in graduate school.  I have since dedicated my life to making a positive difference in the lives of my patients.  I want them to be able to live life to its fullest.  Currently, I and several of my siblings wear hearing aids.  As I said before, it’s personal.”

 

Angela Costanzi, Au.D.
 

Education

  • Doctor of Audiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012

Licenses and Certifications

  • License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Clinical Interests/Concentration

  • Counseling patients on implications of hearing loss
  • Auditory processing
  • Selection and fitting of amplification
  • Hearing conservation

Personal Perspective

"Audiology has been a part of my life since childhood. Having a younger brother with hearing loss meant frequently accompanying him to audiology appointments and seeing the positive impact his audiologist had on his life. It also exposed me to his day to day struggles and successes of growing up with hearing loss. It is beneficial to have this unique understanding of what people’s hearing loss looks like outside of the clinic. I am committed to helping each patient receive the support they need to keep their desired lifestyle despite their hearing loss."