Dr. Christine DiRienzo started her career in speech therapy, but she loved the scientific approach behind audiology and made the switch early on. She has been in the field of audiology since 1977, and she's still just as thrilled to help people as she was when she treated her very first patient.
Through years of working in the field of audiology, Christine has seen technology evolve from pocket hearing aids (which could only be changed acoustically by drilling holes) in the 1970s through to today's digitally programmable hearing aids. It's an exciting field to be part of, mostly because all of these improvements result in a measurably better quality of life for the people who rely on their hearing aids to experience the world around them.
Christine herself is one of those people; she had an accident in 1996 that left her with high frequency loss in her left ear, and she first started wearing hearing aids in 2006. This means that hearing aids are more than just her professional specialty. They're a part of her own life, and she knows firsthand what a difference they can make. When she walks patients through the process of adjusting to their first pair of hearing aids, she's speaking from personal experience. And when patients have questions, they can be sure she understands their concerns because she's been in their shoes.
Her mantra, "solutions from people who care," is part of who she is as a person and a professional. Christine's patients benefit from her expertise, compassion and concern for every single person who visits her office. Her patients are never just customers; they are a part of her hearing family. At Advanced Hearing Healthcare, the staff keeps a book of letters sent by patients explaining what their hearing aids have meant to them. Those letters and notes remind them why they do what they do every day.
Christine received both her undergraduate and master's degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Pennsylvania State University, and she completed her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) at the George Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University. Dr. DiRienzo is a state-licensed audiologist and a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which she holds a certificate of clinical competency in audiology (CCC-A).
When she's not working, Christine is a canine enthusiast who has shown Chinese crested dogs at dog shows for almost as long as she's been involved in audiology.
We recommend that new patients bring a family member with them. We think it's always best to have four ears at an appointment! It helps us get a better picture of your hearing situation, and it will help you to have someone else who can listen to and remember what we tell you. When you first arrive, we'll start with a thorough case history, so we'll ask you and your family member what you've noticed about your hearing and whether you have any history of hearing loss.
Then, we'll take a look inside your ear to determine whether there is any blockage (such as an accumulation of earwax). We'll give you a full evaluation of your complete hearing system, including the outer ear, ear canal, and inner ear. We'll also ask you to repeat words back to us. This whole process lets us understand how you hear and how your brain understands sound. Once we're done, we will explain your audiogram and your results, what kind of hearing loss you have, and what can be done to help with hearing aids. We'll discuss your lifestyle with you and then recommend hearing aids that might fit your needs. After we go over your budget and what works best for you, we'll give you a pair of hearing aids for a free two-week trial.