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Audiology Associates can help if you’re having problems with your hearing – call us at 661-284-1900 to set up an appointment.

Starkey BTEWe all treasure our hearing.

It’s a big part of what connects us to the world we live in. And few cases of hearing loss were as profoundly sad as that of Beethoven.

Beethoven began to lose his hearing around 1801. He suffered a severe form of tinnitus, a “roar” in his ears that made it hard for him to appreciate music, and ultimately he would avoid conversation. The cause of Beethoven’s deafness is unknown, but it has variously been attributed to syphilis, lead poisoning, typhus, or possibly even his habit of immersing his head in cold water to stay awake.

Over time, his hearing loss became acute: there is a well-attested story that, at the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he had to be turned round to see the tumultuous applause of the audience, hearing nothing. In 1802, he became depressed, and considered committing suicide. He left Vienna for a time for small Austrian town of Heiligenstadt, where he wrote the “Heiligenstadt Testament,” in which he resolved to continue living through his art.

He continued composing even as his hearing deteriorated. After a failed attempt in 1811 to perform his own “Emperor” Concerto, he never performed in public again.

If you are experiencing hear loss Audiology Associates is proud to offer the most current technology in hearing aids. And Audiology Associates is staffed by professionals who genuinely care about your hearing.

Patrice Rifkind, who leads the staff,  received her master’s degree in audiology from Cal State Northridge in 1995 and her drom the University of Florida in 2004. She is licensed by the state in audiology and hearing aid dispensing. Patrice holds certifications of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology.

She also holds teaching credentials in special education and taught in the Santa Clarita Valley elementary schools for 10 years. She has lived in the SCV with her family for over 20 years. Her professional affiliations include the American Speech and Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, California Academy of Audiology, and American Hearing Aid Associates.

This is a place you can trust. We have consistently been ranked the BEST AUDIOLOGY OFFICE IN THE SANTA VALLEY! If you have concerns about your hearing and want to get it checked call Audiology Associates in Valencia at 661-284-1900 to set up an appointment.

Audiology Associates
Tel: (661) 284-1900
23838 Valencia Blvd, Ste 100
Santa Clarita, CA 91355