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High-tech care with a hometown touch.

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Meet Our Team

High-tech care with a hometown touch.

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Started in January 2000 Advanced Audiology Concepts initially provided consultative services to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. In 2006 we opened our office in Mentor, Ohio. Our aim is to be the premier Center for Hearing, providing evidenced based products and services to maximize hearing in support of communication, overall health and to improve the quality of lives. Founded by Dr. Jane Kukula, we pride ourselves in being a workplace that works hard, has fun, and serves our clients with A+ quality every day.

Our Clinical Team

Jane Kukula, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Licensed Clinical Audiologist: Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board

Jane Kukula, Au.D.

Practice Owner

 

Dr. Kukula received her doctorate from the University of Florida in 2002. She has practiced in Northeast Ohio for over 30 years. She is a former Clinical Audiologist at Cleveland Clinic Foundation Main Campus, former Audiology coordinator, MetroHealth Medical Center and for 15 yrs. was a consultant to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. Her areas of interest and expertise include diagnostic hearing assessment, hearing aids, hearing training programs and auditory processing with adults and children.

Dr. Kukula is a well respected leader among audiologists. She served consumers and the state as a Member of the Ohio Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She is a Past Board Chair and Vice Chair. Further she is a Past President of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and a Past Chair of Ethical Practices Board of the American Academy of Audiology.

 

  • License: Ohio Speech and Hearing Professional
  • Member, Ohio Academy of Audiology
  • Member, American Academy of Audiology
  • Member, Northeastern Ohio Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Member, Association of Specialists in Aging
  • Recipient of The President’s Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Audiology
  • Recipient of The Honors of the Academy from the Ohio Academy of Audiology
  • Recipient of The Distinguished Service Award from the Northeast Ohio Academy of Audiology

Rachael Olinger, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

 Licensed Clinical Audiologist: Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board

Rachael Olinger, Au.D.

Clinical Audiologist

 

Dr. Olinger received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and doctorate degree from the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium in 2020. Her training includes a variety of clinics including the VA, private practice, and the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She grew up in Northwest, Ohio in the small town of Columbus Grove. Currently, she resides in Jackson Township near Canton with her husband, Nicholas, and 1.5 year old golden retriever, Dudley. Her areas of interest include adult diagnostics, tinnitus management, and the fitting and management of hearing aids. Rachael is ecstatic to begin her audiology career in a vivacious and forward-thinking practice. She has a well-rounded education background and works diligently to stay up-to-date on the latest in hearing aid technology and the management of hearing health. Rachael is working on building up her patient base and ready to assist you with your hearing need

 

  • License: Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board
  • Member, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • Member, Ohio Academy of Audiology

Our Support Team

Despina Mavrakas, Billing and Coding Specialist

Debbie Wassel, Audiology Aide/Receptionist

Patti Hug, Audiology Aide/Receptionist

Mary Messmore, Assistant/Receptionist

Advanced Audiology Concepts believes in:

  • Both, for our own professional development and for the services we provide our clients, becoming an ever better version of ourselves is important to us. We’re willing to learn, improve and innovate constantly.

  • We believe in being honest with our clients, our partners, our co-workers and with ourselves. You’re willing to be open, trustworthy and truthful in all company dealings. We are accountable for our actions and own up to all we do.

  • Our work is our art and you will demonstrate attention to detail, pride, and the highest quality behind every client and each project we work on.

 

We Value:

Passion: We are committed to understanding the challenges and needs of each individual with hearing difficulty, and to improving the quality of their lives. We understand that as professionals we have an obligation to place the needs of individuals first. Those that we serve are the reason we are here.

Compassion: We care about people and work to achieve a positive impact in the lives of those that we serve in a respectful environment. We understand that a breakdown in communication can generate stress and lack of information. It is our job to assist patients in their understanding of information, services and agreements

Friendliness: We work in a manner that is cooperative, relaxed and friendly towards each other, all individuals, family members and family units. We understand that hearing difficulties present challenges to individuals and their loved ones.

Integrity: We value ethical practices. We understand that each individual and the companies we do business with are deserving of honest fair and transparent interactions.

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a professional who specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. They have to complete an internship, pass a national competency examination and obtain professional certification and licensure in the state(s) where they practice.

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Patient-Focused

You are why we opened our doors. Our patients are our most important asset. A motto we hold true to every single day.

Technology Forward

We attend numerous conferences and seminars yearly. This affords us the ability to offer the latest in cutting-edge technology.

Lifestyle Friendly

How you spend your days is critically important. We aren’t just fitting anyone with a hearing aid. We’re fitting you.

“I’ve been going to Advanced Audiology Concepts for several years now and have learned a lot. Moving to Mentor from Akron area I was looking for a place closer to home when I met Dr. Jane Kukula. She is devoted to helping people hear better and so is the staff and Ashley Spisak, AuD (newest member of the team). They service hearing instruments, provide loaners, have customer appreciation days and birthday surprises. Last year I got pretty sick which included hearing impairment, desperate my husband took me to Dr. Jane who told him to take me to the emergency room. She was great help. Thank You.”

 

Terri

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8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44050

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