Tucson ENT was established in 1987 by a core group of the community’s outstanding otolaryngologists. Our dynamic practice has evolved and flourished, now employing eight exceptional physicians, four audiologists and over 40 staff members in two convenient locations.
Just as our practice has board certified physicians who provide comprehensive care for all areas of ear, nose and throat care, our audiologists have unique skills that allow our practice to meet the diverse needs of individuals seeking care for their hearing and balance problems.
Stephanie Navarrete, Au.D.
Stephanie serves as the Director of Audiology at Tucson ENT. She has been with our practice since 1993, after receiving her master’s degree from the University of Colorado. She received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Salus University and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology.
Stephanie enjoys working with patients of all ages. She provides a full range of audiological services, including mapping of cochlear implants and fitting high-end digital hearing aids. She is passionate about serving the needs of those with hearing loss and finding adequate solutions for a variety of needs.
Stephanie is a native Arizonan and has two children.
Abel Smith, Au.D.
Abel was locally trained and educated at the University of Arizona. He earned a doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida in 2011. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA) and has held his dispensing audiology license since 2004. Abel has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children. His experience with hearing aids has taught him that no two ears are alike; he strives to personalize hearing aids to the needs of the individual wearing them. When he is not riding his bike, he enjoys outdoor activities. Abel speaks a bit of Spanish and some Portuguese. He lives with his wife and son (Max) in central Tucson.
Sarah Laszok, Au.D.
Sarah received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 and joined Tucson Ear, Nose and Throat after graduation. Sarah is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has her Arizona State Hearing Aid Dispensing license. She enjoys the diverse clinical environment at Tucson Ear, Nose and Throat. In her free time, you can find Sarah at the gym, visiting with family and friends or out exploring the world!
Christine Eibling, Au.D.
Christine received her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from Ohio University in 2016 and joined Tucson Ear, Nose and Throat in 2017. Christine has her Arizona State Hearing Aid Dispensing License and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She enjoys the friendly staff and the variety of patients at Tucson ENT.
Christine comes from a Navy family and loves traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her two rescued dogs, watching movies and hiking in her free time.
What Is an Audiologist?
Have you ever wondered what exactly an audiologist does, besides look inside your ears with a lighted instrument? If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about this professional who will be intimately involved in helping you come up with a solution that allows you to communicate more effectively.
An audiologist is a professional who specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Most have earned an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) while others have received a master’s degree from an accredited university, where they received extensive training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing and balance disorders. They have to complete an internship, pass a national competency examination and obtain professional certification and licensure in the state(s) where they practice.
Audiologists work with patients of all ages, treating infants, children and adults for a variety of hearing and balance problems. They work in diverse settings like hospitals, schools, clinics, universities, private practices, VA hospitals, hearing aid dispensaries and otolaryngology (ENT) offices. Audiologists are responsible for services such as:
- Fitting and dispensing hearing aids
- Administering hearing and balance tests
- Assessing candidacy for and programming implantable hearing devices (e.g., cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids, etc.)
- Counseling patients and their families on communication strategies
- Designing and implementing hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screenings
- Providing aural rehabilitation programs
- Performing ear-related surgical monitoring
All in all, audiologists are the most qualified individuals to help you manage your hearing loss or balance disorder, and they provide an unparalleled breadth of care.
Call Tucson ENT Audiology at (520) 777-0495 for more information or to schedule an appointment.