Meet Pam – Our Insurance Specialist

What’s your favorite season?

Spring – it always signifies a new beginning and longer days. It means I get to go outside when I get home during the week and feel the sunshine on my face. I love the smell of the earth as I turn the soil in my garden beds. I usually feel rejuvenated after having spent most of the winter inside hibernating.

Who is your favorite sports team?

Ohio State Buckeyes. Go Bucks!!!What is your favorite food?

Ice Cream. Any flavor. Any time of year.Dog or Cat?

Dogs.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

Patagonia. It’s my dream vacation to hike to the tip of South America and then take a cutter ship into Antarctica.

Pam grew up in Gary, Indiana and is our much-loved insurance specialist. She’s seen as a superhero to patients as she helps them to maximize their insurance coverage.

Her favorite thing about being part of the Alabama Hearing Associates team is “helping people with a hearing loss to hear better.” As a grandparent, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, loves reading, and is an avid traveler.

Outside Of The Clinic

What’s your favorite season?

Summer – I love the hot weather, sunshine, and if I can get to the beach, all the better!

Who is your favorite sports team?

Chicago Cubs!

Are you sweet or salty?

Salty.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Italian.

Dog or Cat?

Dogs.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

Sweden – to visit my relatives that I’ve never met.

pam - insurance specialist bio

“Had a good experience at Alabama Hearing Associates. The examination was the most thorough that I have received. Opportunity to ask questions and I look forward to follow up visits.”

Donald Simms

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Basic Hearing Test

A basic hearing test begins with an air conduction test. You will be seated in a soundproof booth and single-use, foam earphones will be inserted into your ear canals. The Audiologist will ask you to push a button or raise your hand when you barely hear a series of beeps (tones) presented at various frequencies (pitches) to obtain your air conduction thresholds.

To determine whether your hearing loss is a conductive (mechanical) loss, sensorineural (permanent) loss or combination of the two, we perform a bone conduction test.  

For this test, a head band is place on the bone behind one of the ears to obtain your bone conduction thresholds. This process provides a different form of sound transmission using vibration, which bypasses the eardrum and the middle ear bones and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. When you hear the beeps/tones, you will push a button or raise your hand.

If bone conduction thresholds are better than air conduction thresholds (through the foam inserts), you have a conductive hearing loss. This suggests a problem with the mechanical structures (moving parts) of the ears.

Conductive hearing loss is often a medically treatable condition for which we will provide you with a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician. However, if bone and air conduction thresholds match, it indicates a sensorineural hearing loss (permanent), and the treatment will likely involve hearing aids.