Our Staff of Audiologists
Advanced Hearing Solutions, Inc. is an independent audiology clinic that treats a wide range of hearing problems, from mild to severe hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), and loss of ability to discriminate sounds. We offer complete and thorough diagnostic evaluation of your hearing using the latest and most sophisticated audiometric testing equipment; selection and fitting of hearing aids if they are appropriate for your type of hearing loss; treatment regimens for tinnitus; assistive listening devices for use with television (“TV Ears”) or telephone; “brain fitness training” to improve auditory discrimination;tympanometry; and other hearing care services such as noise protection and removal of excess buildup of cerumen (wax) in your ears.
Dr. Noël Crosby
Our clinic is headed by Dr. Noël Crosby, who has been an audiologist for over 26 years. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Florida State University, where she also completed her masters degree, and she earned her doctorate in clinical audiology from the University of Florida. She was on the inaugural board of the Florida Academy of Audiology, served as its president in 2000 and 2009.
Dr. Crosby worked at Sarasota’s Silverstein Institute for 14 years, for the last six of which she was Director of Audiology.While there she established the Institute’s cochlear implant program as well as Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s infant hearing screening program. In 2006 she established her own clinic. Because she operates independently of any hearing aid manufacturer, Dr. Crosby can provide her patients with unbiased evaluations and fit them with whatever hearing devices might best suit their individual needs. She has fitted hearing aids from a wide range of manufacturers, including Phonak, Oticon, Widex, Siemens, Rexton, and many more.
A founding member of her local Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Dr. Crosby has also served on the board of directors of the Deaf Service Center of Manatee and Sarasota counties. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology and Florida Academy of Audiology. In 2009 she also started AuDBling.com, A Hearing Loss Awareness Company.
She has coauthored professional papers on multichannel cochlear implants and on electrical audiometry in the diagnosis of acoustic neuromas, and she has lectured throughout the state of Florida on hearing loss and hearing therapies.
Dr.Crosby maintains clinical offices at two sites south of Sarasota: Englewood and Boca Grande
Karen Draper, AuD
Born and raised in Orlando, Dr. Karen Draper is a native Floridian. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Florida in 2003 and her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2007 also from the University of Florida. She is Board Certified in Audiology as well as certified through the American speech, language, and hearing association (ASHA). She is also a member of The American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Draper has over 13 years of clinical experience, most of it at The Silverstein Institute ,where she specialized in tinnitus management and programming implantable hearing systems such as cochlear implants. In addition to full diagnostic hearing and balance evaluations for children and adults, Dr. Draper is experienced in the testing, selection and fitting of hearing aids. In her free time, Dr. Draper enjoys kayaking, biking and most of all spending time with her family.
Hearing Aid Specialist
Robert Vetter was raised in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He studied Engineering at the University of Wisconsin . In 1984 he married his high school sweetheart, Kris, and in 1985 they moved to Florida where Robert began a 22 year career in Funeral & cemetery services starting with Lemon Bay Funeral Home of Englewood in the late 1980's. The corporate climb took the Vetters to various locations across the United States. As Kris likes to put it "after 22 years of climbing the corporate ladder, the ladder was leaning on the wrong wall."
They have always had a place in Englewood and made the decision to move back a few years ago. A very dear friend suggested Robert look into Hearing Health Care. It was love at first experience. Robert went into "big box" hearing aid sales and quickly realized there is a big difference between just selling hearing aids and hearing health care. 2015 brought the opportunity to join Advanced Hearing Solutions and he is proud to serve Englewood with Dr. Crosby and the wonderful staff in providing the best experience. Robert earned his National Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. He and Kris have three children and four grandchildren, Robert looks forward to what the future may bring.
Renee Giordano has been with this clinic and its predecessor for 15 years and became a Licensed Audiologist Assistant back in 2007 allowing her to work directly with patients and to work hand in hand with Dr. Crosby & now Dr. Draper.
Renee also has an associate’s degree in Business Administration which will be put to more use now that she is also the Office Manager. This will help Dr. Crosby with the day to day flow of the office especially when she is out of the office working on her other projects and humanitarian trips. Renee will also be working directly with Dr. Crosby to help support our new local hearing foundation. She is excited to be able to help give the gift of hearing to those who may not be fortunate enough to obtain assistance on their own.
Audiologist Assistant, Jill Doot, is originally from Northern Ohio where she received an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science. She has been a local Englewood resident since 1984 where she worked in the computer field. After her twins graduated from Lemon Bay High School, she decided it was time for a career change. Jill joined our staff in November 2018 after experiencing six years in the hearing care field. Seeing the joy on the faces of people when they hear sounds for the first time encouraged her to become an Audiologist Assistant. If not spending time with her two grandsons, as an avid kayaker you usually can find her somewhere paddling and fishing in our local waters. (Don't ask for her secret spots because she'll never tell)
Michael is co owner of Advanced Hearing Solutions with Dr. Crosby. He has been involved in the practice behind the scenes since it’s inception. He is now working in the office assisting with the daily activities.