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Conversations with Leslie Papel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Papel.

Hi Leslie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, I moved from Boston where I went to graduate school to Baltimore to be near my then-boyfriend now-husband who was completing a surgical residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After a few years working for other Audiologists and otologists, in 1990 I opened my own private Audiology practice. At the time, the field of Audiology required a Master’s degree to practice; however in the past eleven years or so Audiology has transitioned into a doctoral level profession. Existing Master’s level audiologists could continue to work but a pathway to receiving the Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) degree was developed and I chose to pursue this additional training. So after twenty years of working, I found myself back in the classroom working toward my Au.D., which I received in 2004.

All this while I have continued to take care of my patients, providing hearing health care in a private, professional and personalized manner.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Overall, the road to my current life has been lovely. Although raising two daughters while back in school created special challenges, it is had certainly not more challenging that today’s parents of school-age children juggling work and family during this pandemic. Also, I personally have had several of what I’ll just call “severe health disruptors” which have made continuity of care for my patients difficult. But I am doing well now and feeling optimistic about my ongoing career as a Doctor of Audiology.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
A Doctor of Audiology is a non-physician specialist educated and trained in the care of hearing and balance. Most U.S. audiologists in practice today possess a Doctorate in Audiology. Although audiologists may work in many different environments, my private practice (Hearing Services) is focused on diagnostic audiology and rehabilitative care through the use of hearing aids and other wireless technologies. Outcome measures through REAL EAR are administered for all hearing aid fittings to ensure proper amplification and satisfaction.

As a sole practitioner, I am pleased with the professional relationships I have developed with my patients, providing the best care for their hearing health care needs. The few months in 2020 when our office was unable to see patients because of the COVID-19 lockdown made me realize how much I missed my patients. I am thrilled to be able to provide direct care for my patients. in a warm and welcoming office. Having been in practice for over thirty-five years, I know that in treating one’s hearing loss, I also help to improve one’s lifestyle and communication needs to keep them connected and relevant.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Although I believe I am known as a friendly outgoing person, I do not really enjoy getting up in front of groups to speak. I can be very talkative and engaging with those that know me, but usually am fairly quiet when it comes to speaking to groups or leading a meeting.

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