MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Susan Parr, Au.D.Owner and Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Parr doing mission work in Mexico.
Dr. Susan Parr is a Board Certified audiologist who specializes in assessing, diagnosing and treating patients with hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Parr also holds a Vestibular Rehabilitation certification from the American Institute of Balance. Hearing problems occur in every age range, from birth to geriatrics. Dr. Parr can perform a complete assessment which includes: audiometric testing, auditory processing testing and rehabilitation, tinnitus evaluations, counseling and retraining therapy, otoacoustic emission testing, industrial hearing screenings, dizziness and balance testing and therapy, hearing aids and middle ear evaluations. Dr. Parr enjoys satisfying patients who have not been happy with previously fit hearing aids by using the most advanced technology to individually custom fit the patient’s hearing loss, needs and life style.
Dr. Parr was the owner of Parr’s Pro Hearing Services, a multi-office practice in Huntingdon and Lewistown, Pennsylvania for twenty years performing all aspects of a clinical and industrial audiology practice. Additionally, she has been the Director of Audiology in hospital settings.
Dr. Parr earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education and Spanish from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders with emphasis in Audiology from the Pennsylvania State University and Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida. She is a Course Director for the Council for Accreditation Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and is American Board of Audiology (ABA) certified. Dr. Parr served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), Regional Captain for State Leaders for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), President and Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology (PAA), Northern Regional Representative and President for the Georgia Academy of Audiology (GAA), and a fellow of the National Hearing Conservation Association. Dr. Parr has presented at ADA, AAA and PAA conventions on Advocacy and Private Practice, The Role of the Preceptor and Private Practice Audiology. She has served as Adjunct Professor for the University of Pittsburgh, Bloomsburg University and Towson University. Dr. Parr has organized and participated in several Hearing Aid Missions to Mexico, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Parr has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology receiving the 2009 George Osborne Honors Award in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the profession of audiology.
Dr. Anna Bixler, Au.D.Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Anna Bixler is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology with a passion for hearing healthcare. She works with patients across the lifespan and is trained in all aspects of the field. She earned her Doctoral degree in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh, a top 10 ranked graduate program for audiology.* She also earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from East Stroudsburg University.
Dr. Bixler is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology as well as the American Academy of Audiology. Her favorite part of her job is integrating new research findings with clinical practice to bring her patients the best and most current care.
Hearing aid fitting and follow up are special areas of interest for her. Our office uses probe microphone measurements (also commonly known as real ear measurements) to verify hearing aid fittings. This method compares measurements of the exact output of the hearing aid while on the patient’s ear to prescribed targets created from their hearing test results. It is the most accurate way to ensure the patient is getting the full benefit of every sound possible within their individual range of hearing.
These procedures along with patient report of sound quality and performance provide the tools to achieve their best possible hearing. Anna enjoys working with her patients through this entire process and watching their lives change for the better.
Dr. Tessa Knisely, Au.D.Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Tessa Knisely, Au.D. is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology with special interests in vestibular testing, adult diagnostics and amplification, as well as amplification utilizing iPhone connectivity. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology. She is originally from Claysburg, PA and is involved in multiple community organizations and events in that area. Dr. Knisely received her Doctor of Audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.