An Introduction To Vail Valley Hearing Center

Outstanding Audiology Services

Vail Valley Hearing Center specializes in the evaluation, prevention, and treatment of adult hearing loss. Dr. Rinn provides a wide range of audiology services, whether patients require a hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting or just initial hearing advice. Dr. Rinn is here to help improve the quality of your life.

Dr. Rinn is the Vail Valley audiologist that will meet all of your hearing needs with expert staff, using the most advanced technology available in testing and hearing aids.

Our Commitment to Hearing Rehabilitation

VVHC provides exceptional audiology care. Dr. Rinn takes pride in going the extra mile when it comes to audiology services to ensure that you are completely satisfied.  Patient satisfaction begins with the initial phone call and continues throughout the lifespan of each patient’s hearing rehabilitation. Dr. Rinn’s goal is to help individuals with hearing loss lead more fulfilling lives.

Professional Hearing Services Referrals

If you require a medical evaluation by an Otolaryngologist (ENT), Dr. Rinn will always instruct you to be in contact with your primary care physician. However, she will also give you a choice of ENT’s who specialize in the area of Otolaryngology that will best address your needs.

If you move from Colorado to another state, Dr. Rinn will refer you to an audiologist in your new state of residence where you can continue to have the specialized care you need. Dr. Rinn also works with a number of audiologists throughout Colorado in order to collectively provide the best care possible.

When Dr. Rinn evaluates a patient and discovers that they may be a candidate for a cochlear implant device, she refers them to an ENT physician that specializes in cochlear implantation.

Associations & Memberships

Getting in Touch

Dr. Rinn starts by listening to you, finding out what areas of your life have suffered from your hearing loss. Then, Dr. Rinn provides custom hearing solutions to help restore your quality of life back to what you always enjoyed it to be.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Every one of our patients wants something different. Some want to retain their independence, and they need to hear well in order to be safe in their surroundings. Many people need to hear well to remain effective in the work force. Others, such as musicians, rely on their keen sense of hearing to be their greatest asset of their business.  Musicians want to continue practicing their profession at the same, high level of performance. They want to preserve that asset. In each of these cases, the job is very different.

Before Dr. Rinn can be effective, she needs to determine what the individual ultimately desires in their life. Once this is determined, she is better prepared to help the patient achieve their desires.

It has been estimated that only 10% of those suffering from hearing impairment can benefit from medical or surgical treatment, and the remaining 90% are candidates for audiology services. Today audiologists help the majority of individuals with hearing impairment sustain their quality of life by providing customized hearing solutions using new and innovative technologies. With the baby boomer population aging, demand for audiology is stronger than ever, but audiology didn’t start with the popularity we see today.

Pioneering the Audiology

In the past, professionals did not choose audiology; it chose them. Older audiologists didn’t necessarily start off with an interest in the profession of audiology,  but most had a general interest in the health industry and in helping others. Then, because the field was so small, most did not even realize audiology was an option until they stumbled upon it. Budding professionals quickly recognized the advantages audiology could offer patients.

Increasing Need for Audiologists

As the large population of baby boomers crosses the threshold of old age, they require more audiology services. This generation is single-handedly driving industry growth. Due to high demand, audiologists are enjoying and will continue to enjoy more stability than ever before. It is a great time to join the field.

How to Become an Audiologist

The requirements for audiological certification have increased. Before, you could become certified after completing a masters degree and a one-year fellowship. Today, the minimum entry level into the profession is an undergraduate degree in communication disorders, followed by a clinical doctorate degree. The doctorate takes an average of 4 years to complete. Once certified, audiologists will either join a private practice or open one of their own.

For more information about careers in audiology, you can navigate to the American Academy of Audiology webpage, or the Academy of Doctors of Audiology webpage.  Links to these organizations can be found on our About Us Page.

Patient-Centric Solutions

Let’s say you work remotely and have noticed trouble in your professional interactions. You work in noisy restaurants, on the cell phone, and on your computer. Lately, you’ve been struggling to hear your clients, and if you don’t find a solution, hearing loss could harm your earning potential.

That means your hearing solution needs to be effective in noisy listening environments while at the same time offering compatibility to your cell phone, laptop, and mobile devices. We would start by looking at appropriate hearing aid systems that are equipped with ear-to-ear communication, as well as bluetooth coupling capabilities to your phones, computers, and mobile devices. The hearing aid systems that VVHC provides are cost effective yet provide the hearing performance in even the most challenging listening environments.

What we do depends completely on what you need and want. “The experience” in working with Dr. Rinn is what separates VVHC from the rest.