Sandra L. Romano, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
What woman inspires you and why?
My mother is my source of inspiration. She gave me the guidance, advice and encouragement to pursue a career in audiology. Being a professional and helping people was always important to her. This helped me formulate a plan for juggling my children and my career while running a business.
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.” 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. This challenge of keeping current fuels my curiosity and helps me give my patients an edge.
Why do you do what you do?
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. I consider it an honor to help them regain a part of their life they thought they’d never get back.
What has been an unexpected surprise in your work?
My patients are so interesting! Politicians, business leaders, retirees (with 40 years of career experience), TV personalities and rock musicians have been filling my ears (pun intended).
“The audiology field is continually changing, hearing aid technology is improving and I gain new knowledge daily.”
Designations and Affiliations
Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); Fellow, American Academy of Audiology; ASHA Scholar; Virginia Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Licenses