Our Audiologists

Our Audiologists

Sunnyview Hearing Center's audiologists are New York State licensed and many are board certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA) or certified by American Speech and Hearing Association.

Kevin Ihrman Au.D., FAAA
Chief of Audiology

Dr. Kevin Ihrman is a New York State licensed Audiologist who is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA).  Kevin is the Chief of Audiology at Sunnyview Hospital where he sees patients of all ages.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2001 with a Master of Science Degree in Audiology where he completed his dissertation on “Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions In Recovering Alcoholics As Compared to Non-Alcoholics.”  Dr. Ihrman obtained his Doctorate in Audiology from The George Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University in 2009.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and coauthor of the article “Not Your Grandmother’s CAPD Recommendations.”  Dr. Ihrman has had numerous speaking engagements including presentations for the New York Capital Region Tinnitus Support Group, the Educational Audiology Association, the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, and WNYT News Channel 13.  Kevin’s specialties include comprehensive audiological evaluations for people of all ages, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), hearing aid dispensing, and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).

 

Kathryn Meade, Au.D., FAAA
Pediatric Specialist

Dr. Kathryn Meade is a New York State licensed Audiologist with 21 years of experience with hearing rehabilitation.  She has been with Sunnyview Hospital for 15 years serving a varied caseload from pediatrics to adults.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 1991 with a Master of Arts Degree in Audiology and her Doctorate in Audiology from The George Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University in 2009.  Dr. Meade is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She moved to the Capital Region in 1993 after completing her Clinical Fellowship in Audiology at University Hospital SUNY Health Sciences Center in Syracuse. Dr. Meade recently coauthored an article entitled “Not Your Grandmother’s CAPD Recommendations” which has generated several national speaking opportunities. As well, Dr. Meade has been featured on The Health Show on NPR and has been a guest of Bob Barrett on the WAMC Medical Mondays Show.  Dr. Meade’s specialties include comprehensive audiological evaluations for people of all ages, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing, pediatric aural (re)habilitation and educational audiology services, and hearing aid dispensing. Dr. Meade resides locally in Schenectady County, where she and her family enjoy life in the beautiful Mohawk Valley.

 

Jennifer Krom-Armer, Au.D., FAAA

 Dr. Jennifer Krom-Armer has been a New York State licensed Audiologist for 23 years, serving Sunnyview Hospital for the past 15 years.  Dr. Krom-Armer received a Master of Arts degree in Audiology in 1989 from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Doctorate in Audiology in 2004 from The School of Audiology at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, she is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology.  She is also a member of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Dr. Krom-Armer’s tenure at Sunnyview has largely been at the hospital’s satellite audiology site in Amsterdam where she sees patients of all ages.  There she provides comprehensive audiological evaluations, central auditory processing evaluations, industrial hearing screenings and hearing aid dispensing.

 

Dave DeBonis, Ph.D., CCC-A

Dr. DeBonis is a New York State licensed audiologist and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the College of Saint Rose. He earned his Master of Science degree in Audiology from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and his Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1998. David has 25 years of clinical experience and 20 years of experience in an academic setting. He has co-authored articles in Topics in Language Disorders, the Journal of Attention Disorders, and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. He is the co-author of Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals, which is in its second edition. David’s specialties include comprehensive audiological evaluations, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), and hearing aid dispensing.

 

Erin Winderl, Au.D., CCC-A
ABR/Pediatric Specialist

Dr. Erin Winderl is a New York State licensed Audiologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech Hearing Association. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a Master of Science Degree in Audiology and she obtained her Doctorate in Audiology in 2005 from the School of Audiology at Salus University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  Erin’s specialties include comprehensive audiological evaluations for people of all ages, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, hearing aid dispensing and VNG/ENG vestibular assessment.

 

Nicole Vitale Au.D.

Dr. Nicole Vitale is a New York State licensed Audiologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Audiology from St. Johns University in 2000 and obtained her doctorate in Audiology in 2012 from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr.Vitale’s specialties include Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), comprehensive audiological testing for individuals of various ages, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, hearing aid dispensing and VNG/ENG testing.

 

Caroline Swayne, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
VNG/ENG Vestibular Specialist

Dr. Caroline Swayne is a New York State licensed audiologist  who is board certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and holds a Clinical Certificate of Competency in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Auditory Society.  She graduated with a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 2007 and completed her dissertation at the National Institutes of Health on “The Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Middle Ear Function.”  Dr. Swayne's specialties include VNG/ENG vestibular assessment, comprehensive audiological evaluations for people of all ages, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, and hearing aid dispensing.  Dr. Swayne is a Shenendehowa High School Graduate and returned to the area in 2011 after working as an audiologist for 5 years at a private practice in Maryville, Tennessee.

 

Kate Kawola, Au.D., F-AAA

Dr. Kate Kawola is a New York State licensed audiologist, is Board certified by the American Board of Audiology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Born and raised in the Capital Region, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Elmira College. After earning her Doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was hired as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Her responsibilities included seeing patients at the UNC Hearing and Communication Center, and supervising students in the doctoral program. Her interest in Audiology began at a young age due to the fact that she is a lifelong hearing aid user. Diagnosed at age 3, she has found her passion helping those who face the same challenges she does. Her clinical interests include comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid selection and fitting, and aural habilitation/rehabilitation. 

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