At Ohio State, our philosophy is simple: provide individuals with quality, state-of-the-art hearing health care services by addressing the comprehensive, individualized needs of each patient. Our comprehensive model is unique and draws on the expertise of our surgeons, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists to fully understand and treat the many factors that determine patient success. Our multidisciplinary team will work with you to set individualized expectations and provide you with resources to specifically meet your most important communication needs. 

Our first adult cochlear implant surgery took place in 1988. Since that time, our physicians have performed hundreds of implant surgeries on adults and children.

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Our Cochlear Implant Care Team

BrendaHall

Brenda Hall, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Brenda Hall, AuD, graduated from the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in audiology. She received her doctoral degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2010. She has been a member of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 1991. Her interests include working with patients with cochlear implants and hearing aids.

MelissaSchnitzspahn

Melissa Schnitzspahn, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Melissa Schnitzspahn, AuD, received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from The Ohio State University in 1998 and her master’s degree in audiology from Ohio State in 2000. She obtained her doctoral degree in audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008. Melissa joined the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery here in 2001, and her interests include hearing aid dispensing and cochlear implants.

LauraFeeney

Laura Feeney, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Laura Feeney, AuD, earned both her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science and her doctoral degree in audiology from The Ohio State University. She has been with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 2007. She is board certified by the American Board of Audiology and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Academy of Audiology.

DebbyLaPrete

Debby LaPrete, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Debby LaPrete, AuD, received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from the Arizona School of Health Sciences with her doctoral degree in audiology in 2009. Debby has worked at Ohio State since 1994, and specializes in providing services to recipients of cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants.

Christy Ray

Christy Ray, PhD

Speech Language Pathologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Christy Ray, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. She currently engages in clinical practice and research with a particular interest in optimizing outcomes of adults with cochlear implants.
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