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Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At Pittsburgh Ear Associates, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.
Call us today at 412-927-0749.
Douglas Chen, M.D., F.A.C.S
Douglas Chen, M.D., F.A.C.S., is co-director of the Hearing and Balance Center. Dr. Chen is also adjunct associate professor of surgery (otolaryngology and neurosurgery) at Allegheny University of Health Sciences. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
Todd A. Hillman, M.D.
Dr. Hillman is a native of Columbus, Ohio and attended undergraduate school and medical school at The Ohio State University. He completed his internship and residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Utah. He completed a fellowship in Neurotology at Pittsburgh Ear Associates in 2003. Dr. Hillman served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah from 2003 – 2005 before returning to Pittsburgh Ear Associates. Dr. Hillman is also co-director of the Hearing and Balance Center. Dr. Hillman is a board certified Otolaryngologist who has a practice restricted to Otology and Neurotology.
Denise L. Hoysack, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Dr. Hoysack is currently a resident of Ohio and has been a part of our practice since August of 2006. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Wooster, OH in 2001. She then furthered her education where she earned a Master’s degree in Audiology from The University of Akron in 2003. Finally, she returned to be a part of The Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium where she earned a Doctorate degree in Audiology from The University of Akron in 2005. She was one of six other students to be the first to graduate with a Doctorate in Audiology from The University of Akron. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Hearing Aid Department at Pittsburgh Ear and holds an appointment as a Clinical Field Instructor at the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. As a part of Pittsburgh Ear Associates Dr. Hoysack’s duties include hearing and balance evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and orientations, electrophysiology, as well as implantable device evaluations and orientations, and intraoperative monitoring. She also leads educational seminars for patients to learn more about hearing loss, choosing appropriate hearing solutions, and new technology options. She sees patients at both the Allegheny General Hospital and Wexford locations.
Brian Morin, B.S.
Brian Morin is a vestibular technician at Pittsburgh Ear Associates. Mr. Morin worked as a vestibular technician at the Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center from 1999-2004, where he developed his clinical skills. Areas of interest include auditory brainstem response testing, electrocochleography, electronystagmography, vestibular autorotation, rotational chair, evaluation and assessment of vestibular function and rehabilitation of patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. Mr. Morin graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Physiology) with a nutrition minor from the Pennsylvania State University. Brain enjoys all sports, fly fishing and spending time with his wife, two sons and their little dog.
Julie Hobbs, M.A., CCC-A
Julie Hobbs, M.A., CCC-A has been an audiologist since 1976. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University. Ms. Hobbs holds the position of Senior Audiologist and is the principal audiologist at our Wexford satellite office, offering comprehensive audiology, hearing aid and balance services. She also holds an appointment as a Clinical Field Instructor at the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Ms. Hobbs has seen many changes and trends in hearing aid development and audiological services and believes it is a very exciting time to assist people with their hearing health care needs. Ms. Hobbs enjoys the challenge of helping patients make their way through the maze of information that offers so many options to suit their lifestyle. “With new technology we still desire science to push the envelope. Come in and let us help you do just that.”
Amanda Stirling, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Dr. Stirling graduated from West Virginia University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology along with a certificate in gerontology. She continued her education at West Virginia University and graduated with her Doctorate of Audiology in May 2013. She completed her fourth year residency experience at Pittsburgh Ear Associates, where she was then brought aboard to join the audiology staff.
Dr. Stirling is licensed through the state of Pennsylvania and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as a Fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology. She leads our cochlear implant program and also specializes in hearing aid and implantable device evaluations and fittings, pediatric and adult comprehensive audiological evaluations, vestibular and electrophysiology testing, and intraoperative monitoring. Dr. Stirling sees patients at the Allegheny General Hospital location. Amanda enjoys spending time with friends and family, her golden retriever Ellie, and cheering on the Mountaineers!
Lawrence McGuinness, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. McGuinness is a native of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He received both his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Disorders (2000) and his Master of Arts in Audiology (2002) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. McGuinness most recently completed his Doctorate of Audiology in 2013 from A.T. Still University. Dr. McGuinness has been a member of our full-time clinical Audiology staff since completing his Fellowship at Pittsburgh Ear Associates in 2002. Dr. McGuinness’ specialties include hearing aid evaluation and dispensing, balance evaluations and treatment, as well as electrophysiology. Currently, Dr. McGuinness sees patients in our Monroeville office.
Kristin Rathe, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Dr. Rathe earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University in 2008. She attended graduate school at James Madison University and completed her fourth year residency at the University of Virginia, Division of Audiology. Dr. Rathe obtained her Doctorate of Audiology in May 2012. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rathe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology as well as a member of the Academy of Doctor’s of Audiology and the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology. She joined the staff at Pittsburgh Ear Associates in September 2013 and specializes in amplification, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, vestibular evaluations, electrophysiology testing and intraoperative monitoring. Dr. Rathe sees patients at our Allegheny General Hospital office.
Jaclyn Charie, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Dr. Charie joined the Pittsburgh Ear Associates staff in the summer of 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences from Ohio University in 2011. She went on to earn both her Master of Arts (2014) and Doctorate in Audiology (2015) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Charie completed her fourth year residency at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Currently, Dr. Charie specializes in amplification, vestibular evaluations, electrophysiology and intraoperative monitoring. She sees patients at our Allegheny General Hospital and Monroeville offices. Dr. Charie enjoys hiking, cooking, spending time with family and playing with her golden retriever Penny.