Sandra L. Romano, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
What motivates and inspires you?
Helping people is very gratifying. I know from experience that hearing loss has a profound effect on individuals and their friends and family. It’s a common issue that millions of Americans are dealing with, and it’s so rewarding to be able to help my patients in a meaningful way. Since hearing loss often happens gradually, many people don’t realize how much their hearing has declined until they come in to get tested. For me, the greatest reward is improving my patients’ quality of life, helping them regain a part of their life they thought they’d never get back.
Have you mentored or inspired others who are following in your footsteps?
Throughout the years I have supervised many audiology students. It’s a wonderful experience because learning is a two-way street. I often get calls from them with questions or they just want to share their successes. Students keep me young.
What’s the best advice you’ve received and how has it helped you?
“Learn everything you can to be the best at what you are doing,” my mom told me, and this advice has been my compass to keep me focused on learning. The audiology field is continually changing, hearing aid technology is improving, and I gain new knowledge daily. The challenge of keeping current fuels my curiosity and helps me give my patients an edge.
What qualities do you think a successful audiologist should have?
The ability to listen is super important. Then take your experience and knowledge to hone in on a solution.
“The challenge of keeping current fuels my curiosity and helps me give my patients an edge.”