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Trusted Local Hearing Care Available For Branford, CT
English settlers of New Haven purchased the area called Totoket from the Mattabesech Nation in 1638, establishing what would become Branford, CT. Originally named after Brentford, a town in England, the name was shortened to Branford as the area became a loosely associated collection of rural settlements until the introduction of the railroad in the mid-19th century.
Railroad construction of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford line relied on granite from Stony Creek quarries, becoming an economic boom for the community. Once on the radar, Branford became a popular resort area until its resort image faded in the mid 20th century, which gave way to the development of high-technology and pharmaceutical companies, like 454 Life Sciences and Durata Therapeutics, focused on the development of differentiated therapeutic solutions for advance patient care in infectious disease and acute illnesses.
From rural life to railroads and resorts to high-tech and pharmaceuticals, Auditory and Vestibular Institute of New England (AVI New England) is a logical progression in the growth and development of Branford. Our trusted hearing care and the innovations of AVI’s co-founder, Dr. Bauman, MS, Eng., Ed.D., F-AAA provide therapeutic solutions for patients with mild to advanced hearing challenges.
AVI New England is already positioned to extend our capacity to provide personalized and local advanced care solutions to address hearing loss, tinnitus, sound sensitivity issues, or balance disorders for a more rewarding quality of life in Branford, CT and nearby communities.
You can call or visit our AVI New England clinic at:143 Cedar Street Branford, CT 06405
- MONDAY : 8:30am - 5pm
- TUESDAY : Closed
- WEDNESDAY : 8:30am - 5pm
- THURSDAY : Closed
- FRIDAY : Closed
Additional hours may be available upon special request.
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When Was Your Last Hearing Test?
Most people regularly have their eyes, teeth and bloodwork tested but rarely do they include checking their hearing.
It is reported that hearing loss is the third most common physical health condition, impacting globally 1 in 8 individuals. The World Health Organization predicts that hearing loss will almost double in the next 30 years; this makes a regular hearing assessment critically important.
The biggest challenge is that hearing loss often occurs slowly and gradually, making it almost impossible to notice on a day-to-day change.
Typically, our loved ones are first to notice that we are experiencing a hearing challenge before we do.
Having a regular hearing assessment allows for early detection of hearing loss ensuring the right preventive measures are taken so that your hearing health is optimally cared for.
If you are concerned about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, we highly encouraged you to schedule a hearing assessment. It is quick, non-invasive, and you’ll receive the results immediately.
Prescription Hearing Aid Technology
Helping You to Find the Right Prescription Hearing Aid Technology Based on Your Unique Circumstances, Lifestyle, and Budget
Having invented the most widely used hearing aid in the world, it is fair to say that Dr. Bauman, an engineer and an audiologist, and his team, know best about the auditory mechanism, the brain associated with speech and language and the electronics of hearing devices to make the best recommendation for your individualized hearing issues.
Despite the significant progression in hearing technology over the past decade, it is predicted by the World Health Organization, that 83% of people who can
benefit from hearing technology are still reluctant to take first step toward better hearing. There is still stigma associated with wearing hearing aids. There remains a false belief that hearing aids are the large, clunky devices that our grandparents used to wear. The truth is today’s hearing technology is incredibly small, discreet, and smart.
Hearing devices no longer just magnify the sounds you hear, now they smartly have the capability to amplify your hearing and your life, allowing you to engage and enjoy your family and friends.
Tinnitus Evaluations & Treatment
Receive Tinnitus and Sound Sensitivity* Help from the Expert that The Experts Turn to for Help.
If you are experiencing challenges with tinnitus (ringing in the ear) or sound sensitivity, then you will understand the detrimental impact that this can have on the quality of your life. The simplest of joys can become agonizing. There is a misconception that there is no treatment for tinnitus or sound sensitivity. It can be overwhelming to think that you will struggle with these challenges for the rest of your life.
To help his patients, Dr. Bauman established a tinnitus and sound oversensitivity clinic early in his career. He has developed
proprietary special treatment therapies which he also teaches to practitioners both nationally and internationally. He is now considered the expert that experts turn to for advice and support.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Bauman to discuss how your auditory problems can be treated. In-office and Tele-Health consultation appointments are available. *Sound Sensitivity Disorders such as: Hyperacusis, Phonophobia, Misophonia, 4S, TTTS, Acoustic Shock, Disembarkment Syndrome
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If you have any questions, require any help or would like our advice, then you can request a callback and we’ll call you as soon as we’re available.
Please note that due to demand for appointments and a nationally-renown reputation, there is currently a short wait time if you’re a new patient. For information on why our existing patients believe we’re worth the wait, then please click here.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Meet Your AVI New England Audiology Team of Professionals
Dr. Natan Bauman, MS, Eng., Ed.D., F-AAA
Dr. Natan Bauman has committed his 40+ year professional life to helping people across a broad range of auditory related conditions.
Previously Dr. Bauman was Director of the Yale Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic and founder of the Hearing, Balance and Speech Center (HBS), where he successfully helped people in Connecticut to hear better for over 40 years.
As an engineer and audiologist, Dr. Bauman is one of the most respected and influential doctors of audiology in the world, having changed the course of the hearing aid industry by inventing the Receiver-In-The-Canal, the most widely used hearing aid in the world.
Beyond hearing, Dr. Bauman has wide-ranging expertise across auditory disorders. He founded the internationally known New England Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic and the national organization Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA),
Janice Howard, M.A., CCC-A
Janice is a certified and State of Connecticut Licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser. She received a master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. She completed her undergraduate degree also at UCONN receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and Sciences in 1983.
She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is a member of other prestigious national professional associations. Janice specializes in Diagnostic Audiometry and Hearing Aid Technology with advanced training in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and Sound Sensitivity Management.
Janice will communicate test results, diagnose, and propose proper treatment options, all performed in a clear, concise, compassionate manner. She has been assisting patients in achieving healthy hearing for over twenty-five years in both the greater New Haven and Shoreline Communities.
Paula Marie Jensen
Originally from New York, Paula relocated to Connecticut with her husband and two children 17 years ago.
Graduating from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and computer information systems, she was eager to find a role that challenged her.
Paula brings a vast amount of experience to the team and is always looking to improve and refine her work. Prior to AVI New England, she worked in the consumer electronics industry for 18 years as a director of accounting for JVC. After leaving JVC she worked as a consultant for various organizations including PepsiCo and Panasonic.
Shortly after moving to CT, she joined the hearing aid industry where she worked as vice president of administration for Vivatone Hearing Systems. It was at Vivatone where she was introduced to Dr. Bauman “the inventor” of the Vivatone hearing aid and realized her entrepreneurial spirit and passion to help others.
Irene Sahinovic, Hearing Instrument Specialist
Irene is a hearing instrument specialist who is based at AVI’s Norwalk location. She has served patients in Western Connecticut for the past five years. In addition to being fully certified, Irene is a member of the International Hearing Society.
She completed her BBA in International Management at Pace University in New York in 1986. Following a successful career, Irene decided put further work aspirations on hold and focus primarily on raising her four children instead. With her family now all grown up, she desired to return to work in an environment where she could make a difference to people’s lives.
Irene’s personal experience with tinnitus and hearing aids inspired her to pursue a new career within the audiology field. Her tinnitus had interfered with her sleep and daily life for so long, but once Irene sought treatment and was prescribed hearing aids, she discovered the positive effect her devices had on her ability to sleep and function in her daily routine. The impact on Irene’s quality of life was profound, and she wanted to help others experience the same positive benefits that hearing aids can deliver.
Len immediately felt “comfortable” at AVI New England due to the welcoming staff.
As a teacher, hearing was a key part of his job, as he needed to understand what his students were saying.
– Len Engel
“You are in good hands and you will be grateful you went.”
Cindy went through something that not many people do. In 2000, she lost all of her hearing and found herself completely lost.
– Cindy Wills
Dr. Bauman is “world renown and you cannot find a better audiologist.”
While Geraldine showed the signs of hearing loss much earlier, it wasn’t until she was age 46 that she recognized the severity of her concerns, noticing she had “trouble hearing the children at work.”
– Geraldine Katz
“It improved my confidence speaking to people, even in a crowd.”
Annie first realized she had a hearing loss when she couldn’t hear others on the phone or engage in conversations like she used to.
– Annie M. Quattrocchi
He had no worries beforehand, as he has “seen Dr. Bauman for about 15 years and found him to be incredibly knowledgeable, concerned, and competent.”
As a young person, Stocky constantly missed words being said and found it incredibly frustrating not being able to engage in conversation like others.
– Stocky Clark
Hearing aids have allowed George to “interact with others and also let me understand TV and telephone calls.”
George has suffered with a hearing loss for a long time and first noticed his hearing loss “decades ago.”
– George A.
Eva encourages others to “Go for it, as I have advised three people to go.”
While hearing loss can often be disguised by lip reading and facial cues, Eva first realized she had a hearing loss when she started feeling left out of conversations at the dinner table.
– Eva Landegger
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