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Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center: Boise

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We are located across the street from St. Luke's Rehabilitation Hospital. Please refer to Directions/Map link below.

Your ears affect more than your hearing and balance—they affect your quality of life. At Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance, we’re here to help. As the region's most comprehensive audiology and vestibular rehabilitation provider, we care for adults and children with services such as tinnitus testing and treatment, hearing tests, cochlear implants, hearing aid evaluation, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) testing and treatment, and rehabilitation and support groups. We also offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders resulting from hearing impairment. We'll educate and train parents, and consult with schools, when appropriate.

Hearing Aid Services
Our team works with state-of-the-art hearing aid technology to improve your hearing and your life. Our doctors of audiology will work closely with you to find the best hearing aids for your hearing loss, your listening needs, and your lifestyle. Our hearing aids can even connect to your smart phone to allow you to control them from your phone, listen to music, and significantly improve your ability to hear while on the phone. We also offer extensive follow-up services to ensure you're receiving the most benefit from your hearing aids, along with improved quality of life. 

We work hard to keep our prices as affordable as possible and take pride in being one of the most affordable options in the region. We also offer zero-interest financing to help you get the best technology appropriate for your needs. If you have trouble affording hearing aids, we can help! As a not-for-profit, we offer multiple charitable-care options.

Balance and Vestibular Services
Our balance and vestibular services include evaluations and treatment for conditions such as vertigo, light-headed dizziness, and motion sensitivity; as well as assessment and treatment for people who have disequilibrium, a history of falls, or have a fear of falling. This may include patients recovering from a stroke, joint replacement, or those with Parkinson’s disease.

Providers

  • Audiology

    Biography

    Gabriel Anne Bargen, PhD, CCC-A/SLP is an associate professor at Idaho State University (ISU). She provides as-needed support to staff and patients at Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Centers. Gabriel specializes in pediatric diagnostics and auditory evoked potentials, and serves on the Idaho Sound Beginnings advisory committee and the Idaho Speech Hearing Association executive board.  

    Dr. Bargen earned her bachelor’s degree in communication science disorders from Texas Christian University. She earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from University of Nebraska and her master’s degree in audiology from University of Kansas, where she also earned her doctoral research degree in audiology. She currently teaches several courses at ISU including Pediatric Audiology and Advance Topics in Aural Rehabilitation. She has given numerous professional presentations and recently published an article in Seminars in Hearing. Her current research interests include assessing risk associated with hearing dysfunction in infants and evaluating patient and family access to hearing health care resources across Idaho. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    April Fagerson, AuD has professional interest in practice management and adult diagnostics, particularly related to vestibular disorders and tinnitus management. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Salus University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and hearing sciences/audiology from Washington State University. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Jill Galanter, PT is certified in vestibular rehabilitation, and works to help people with dizziness and balance problems. She enjoys working as a team member of St. Luke's Outpatient Brain Injury Program and has prior experience in acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and home health physical therapy. She has a certification of competency in both vestibular rehabilitation and cervicogenic dizziness. 

    Jill received her master's degree and certificate in physical therapy from Duke University and her post-professional doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Montana.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Dana Gladd, AuD, CCC-A, AIB-CVAM has professional interest in vestibular testing, adult and pediatric diagnostics, hearing aids, tinnitus, and cochlear implant rehabilitation. She has research experience in several areas including the effects of noise on workplace environments, galvanic vestibular stimulation, and cochlear implants. She earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Jenna Hoffman, AuD focuses on cochlear implant rehabilitation, evoked potentials, and pediatric evaluation and rehabilitation. She has unique research experience in several areas including the use of cochlear implants together with hearing aids and hearing loss in the percussionist population. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Louisville and her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She was a clinical fellow for one year at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona before joining Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Dayna Huntwork, PT is certified in vestibular rehabilitation. She has received certificates of competency in vestibular rehabilitation and pediatric vestibular rehabilitation, and is an American Physical Therapy Association-certified clinical instructor. Dayna provides treatment for patients with dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues; and works with patients through St. Luke’s Outpatient Brain Injury program. She also has experience in orthopedics and acute care.

    Dayna earned her master’s degree in physical therapy from Idaho State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Gayle Hynes, PT is the physical therapy program manager for the Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center. She specializes in vestibular rehabilitation. Gayle has completed certifications in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory University, and is a member of the Vestibular Disorders Association. She works closely with a team of vestibular audiologists and physical therapists to provide comprehensive assessments and treatment.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Tyler Jepson, PT is board certified in geriatrics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and has experience in a variety of outpatient settings. He has worked in a variety of specialties, including vestibular, balance, neurological, and orthopedic disorders. He also works with sports and work related injuries.

    Tyler earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of North Dakota, and has taught at Boise State University, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Carrington College, and Idaho State University-Meridian.

  • Speech Therapy

    Biography

    Susie Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She earned her master's degree from Idaho State University and has experience in both pediatric and adult communication disorders. She has extended training in aural rehabilitation and treatment of auditory processing delays, and is a certified listening and spoken language specialist. Susie is a founding member of Idaho Hands and Voices, a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, and past board member of Idaho Sound Beginnings.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Sarah Mooseau, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA has professional interest in adult diagnostics and amplification services.

    Sarah earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and her doctorate from the University of Tenessee, Knoxville. She completed her fellowship at VA Medical Center in San Francisco.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Karrie Pargman, AuD, F-AAA has professional interest in cochlear implants, evoked potentials, assessment of hearing loss, and hearing aids for adults and children. She has research experience in speech-evoked auditory brainstem response testing for diagnosis of auditory processing disorders. Dr. Pargman earned her doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Utah and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Jay Richman, AuD specializes in adult and pediatric diagnostics and amplification, auditory evoked potentials, tinnitus rehabilitation, aural rehabilitation, hearing conservation, and vestibular diagnostic testing. His research interests are in pediatric vestibular rehabilitation and tinnitus management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Brigham Young University and his doctoral degree in audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. His passions include running marathons, triathlons, his wife, and his three kids.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Kristie Smith, AuD has professional interests in adult and pediatric diagnostics, amplification, auditory evoked potentials, and vestibular diagnostic evaluations.

    Kristie earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University, and her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Jessica Stich-Hennen, AuD, PAS specializes in pediatric diagnostics and amplification, auditory evoked potentials, and central auditory processing disorder evaluations. She manages St. Luke’s Boise newborn hearing screening and works as the primary audiologist for the Idaho Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team. She serves on the Idaho Hands and Voices Advisory Board and the conference committee for Idaho Speech Hearing Association.


    Dr. Stich-Hennen earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Idaho State University and her bachelor of science in business administration from North Dakota State University. In 2011, she became one of seven audiologists in the country to obtain specialty certification in pediatric audiology. She has given numerous professional presentations and published a chapter in the 2013 EHDI E-book.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    Theresa Trimarco, AuD has professional interest in assessment of hearing loss and fitting hearing aids for adults. She earned bachelor’s degrees in speech pathology/audiology and Spanish from Marquette University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Central Michigan University. Before joining the Hearing and Balance Center, she worked for private practices and non-profit hearing centers in Chicago.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Audiology

    Biography

    April Ward, AuD, F-AAA is the director of Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center. She specializes in hearing aids, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), and vestibular testing for patients experiencing dizziness and vertigo. 

    April earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University, where she also earned her master’s degree in audiology. She earned her doctorate degree in audiology from A.T. Still University.


    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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