Why should I see an audiologist for my hearing care?
Audiologists hold Master's or Doctoral degrees with special training in the prevention, diagnosis, testing and non-medical treatment of hearing problems. They complete a fulltime internship and pass a demanding national examination. With their extensive education and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing aid services.
Using specialized equipment, audiologists obtain accurate results about hearing loss. About 10 percent of the time, hearing loss is caused by medical problems. Audiologists are educated to recognize these medical concerns and refer patients to ear, nose and throat physicians (known as otolaryngologists) or other medical specialists when needed.
For the 90 percent whose hearing problems cannot be medically treated, hearing aids are an option. Most people with hearing loss can benefit from the use of hearing aids, and audiologists are the most knowledgeable about the latest digital hearing aid technology available.
Meet Our Audiology Staff
Kevin G. Burkitt, Au.D., CCC-A
Kevin Burkitt has been an Audiologist for over 10 years, first in private practice and joining Allegiance Hearing Center in 2007. Dr. Burkitt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Science and a Master’s degree in Audiology, both from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Audiology degree through A.T. Still University. Burkitt works primarily with the adult population in the areas of diagnostic testing and hearing aid fitting.
Shelly A. Deaton, M.A., CCC-A
Shelly Deaton received both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University. An audiologist for over 19 years, Deaton has been with the Allegiance Hearing Center for the past 10. She specializes in diagnostic testing for hearing and balance and is a member of our balance disorders team.
Alison E. Gilbert, Au.D., CCC-A
Gilbert received both a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master’s degree in Audiology from West Virginia University. She also received a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University. Joining the Allegiance Hearing Center in 2000, Gilbert specializes in adult diagnostic testing, adult hearing aid fittings and electrophysiologic measures of the auditory system such as Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR).
Kim L. Greenstein, M.A., CCC-A
Greenstein earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo and then received her Master’s degree in Audiology from the College of New Jersey. She has been an audiologist for over 10 years and joined Allegiance Hearing Center in 2008. She sees patients of all ages, infant through adult, and is a member of our balance disorders team.
Kathleen Hausbeck-Miller, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Hausbeck-Miller earned a Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Audiology from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University. She has been with the Allegiance Hearing Center since 1994, and specializes in pediatric diagnostics and hearing aid fittings. She also coordinates the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Allegiance Health.
Kristin A. Regan, Au.D., CCC-A
Regan received a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree from The University of Memphis and a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University. An audiologist with Allegiance Hearing Center since 2002, Regan specializes in diagnostics, hearing aid fitting, and counseling for adult and geriatric populations. She also specializes in assistive listening devices.