Christine Jardel, MA, holds a master of arts in audiology from San Diego State University. Her interests include diagnostic audiology in children and adults, elctrophysiological testing, newborn hearing screenings and tinnitus.
How did you choose the field of audiology?
When I went to college I knew I wanted a career in health care. My favorite subject in school was biology and I loved working with and helping people. The university I went to had a course that introduced students interested in health care to several different careers and that is where I discovered audiology.
What do you do in your role at Sharp Rees-Stealy as an audiologist?
As an audiologist, I love that I get to spend my day working with people of all ages and varieties of auditory and vestibular challenges. Some days I test newborns to make sure they have normal hearing or coax a 2-year-old to play "listening games" with me.
By evaluating a patient's hearing I can then explain to them why they can hear some people clearly and why others seem to mumble. The tests I do to evaluate patient's with dizziness and balance problems not only allow me to help patients understand their problem but it also allows me to help other providers diagnosis and treat these challenging disorders.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is not just diagnosing a patient’s problem but being able to explain it in a way that he or she understands, which leads to being a better informed partner in his or her own health care.
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