Robert-J-Weissman-Dr-Hear
a-hearing-loss-dr-hear

Professional Clinical History

∙ Western Audiology (which has morphed into drhear)
∙ The Hear Center
∙ Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration
∙ ENT Surgical Associates
∙ Western EBS Auditory Diagnostics
∙ Western Balance

Dr. Hear

Robert Weissman, Au.D. AKA Dr. Hear is an award-winning audiologist in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. His professional passion is helping people and families connect or re-connect by maximizing their ability to communicate with each other. Not enough details? 

Academic Training

Pasadena City College  -Associate of Arts
California State University LA  -Bachelor of Arts, Communication Disorders
California State University LA  -Master of Arts, Audiology
University of Florida  -Doctor of Audiology

dr-hear-deafness

Personal History

∙ Almost a California native.

Favorite Pastimes
∙ Watching his 3 kids grow into adults
∙ Being a Chef (when the food tastes spectacular)
∙ Cooking (When the food is just OK)
∙ Exploring California’s mountains
∙ Exploring California’s coast line

Text content

Seasoned audiologist with extensive experience in clinical care of patients and clinical supervision. Audiology experience consists of diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders and balance dysfunction. Populations regularly served range in age from neo-nates to centurions. Every patient served at drhear is treated as an individual. Accommodations are considered and made for all populations seen in the clinic. Populations served may include any of the following: Elderly, elderly with multi factorial process related to aging including; dementia, low vision, severe hearing impairment, communication disorders, mobility impairments, depression, neurological involvement. Adult populations served have included; persons with traumatic brain injuries, communication disorders, hearing and vision problems, reduced cognitive function, non-verbal populations, non English speaking patients, populations unable to perform standard tasks to evaluate hearing and balance function. Pediatric populations served include; Premature infants, pre-lingual children unable to subjectively respond to stimulus, non-linguistic populations, limited/reduced mobility children, blind/low vision children, hard of hearing/Deaf children, neurologically and psychologically involved children. Accommodation to the needs of the individual for testing purposes is paramount in accurately testing extraordinary populations. Testing and diagnosis of patients seen requires in depth knowledge of normal and abnormal biological and physiological functions in humans. The data acquired during examinations is then reported in layman’s terms to the patient and their families. The examination findings are also presented in a formal report to the referring physician. Curriculum development and delivery of continuing education (CE) units to health care providers. Topics covered in CE classes have included; Communicating with hard of hearing patients, initial assessment of hard of hearing patients, fall prevention, communicating with multi lingual patients and family members, infection control and therapeutic techniques for communicating with hard of hearing and deaf populations.

Presentations/RESEARCH


(This is a list of developed curriculum and the most recent presentation date.)
Intra Oral sound devices for treatment of single sided deafness.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center, May 2013.
Bone anchored and osseous integrated hearing devices.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center, September 2010.
Recent advances in hearing aid technology.
Santa Teresita Medical Center, May 2007.
Hearing conservation and biology of noise induced hearing loss in the factory.
Supervisor presentation, BCE, June 2005.
Hearing disorders.
Westminster Gardens resident presentation, April 2005.
Physiology of Balance disorders, prevention of slip and fall accidents, efficacy of treatment.
M.A.P.S. staff workshop, Feb. 2004.
Communication strategies and amplification options for special populations.

Professional Experience

Western Audiology/drhear.com, Pasadena, CA (1998 to present)

Practice Owner

Establish treatment protocols and patient safety measures.
Establish job functions for clinical and support staff.
Establish community outreach program.
Administration of audiological and balance function testing.
Interpretation of tests and treatment recommendations.

ENT surgical Associates, Glendale, CA (2007 to present)

Director of Audiology

Supervision of audiologists and audiology technical staff.
Administration of audiological testing.
Design and implementation of a patient and family centered continuum of care program for hearing impaired patients not requiring medical management of their hearing disorder.
Upgrade and implementation of digital vestibular testing equipment and vestibular testing protocol
Interpretation of tests and treatment recommendations
Western EBS auditory diagnostics, Temple City, CA (2000-2008)

Co-Owner / Clinical Director

Mobile diagnostic audiology and hearing aid service serving skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Southern California. Established clinical protocols to justify diagnostic testing. Established clinical guidelines for diagnosing hearing loss and recommendations of amplification. Developed and performed amplification fitting and follow up protocol for serving this population.

Trained and supervised professional and technical staff involved in patient care. Company sold in January 2008.

Western Balance, Los Angeles, CA (May 2002- Nov. 2004)

Co-Founder / Clinical Director of diagnostics

Audiology and vestibular testing corporation that seeked and was awarded contracts providing these services in ENT physician offices, multi-specialty medical groups and hospitals. Company sold in August 2004.

Veterans Administration, Los Angeles, CA (May 2001-Nov. 2001)

Contract Audiologist

Six month contract to develop outcome measures protocol and tools that were sensitive to all populations served by the VA. At completion of the contract the protocol was put into place and fellow VA audiologists were trained on the administration and interpretation of the tests.

Hear Center, Pasadena, CA (May 2000-May 2001)

Contract Audiologist/Program Developer

One year contract with a regional audiology practice specializing in pediatric audiology.  Assignment was to develop and bring to the community a preschool screening program.  The focus of the assignment was to get the program into communities that least utilized the service. Ironically, these communities were often the ones most in need of the services. Upon completion of the contract there was a threefold increase in the number of screenings performed.