Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Center Audiologist Celebrates One-Year Work Anniversary

Kate Sinks, Au.D, CCC-A, F-AAA is celebrating her ‘official’ one-year work anniversary this month at the Center.

She’s actually been around the facility on a part-time basis since 2009. “I have a bit of history with the Center,” she said.

Sinks worked part-time in the Center’s audiology clinic in December 2009. She continued until July 2010, when she began working on an as-needed basis for the Center’s Industrial Hearing Conservation Program. During that time she also worked for an ear, nose and throat doctor.

Last December she was thrilled to rejoin her old friends on a full-time basis and looks forward to making new ones, too.

“Dr. Sinks is a fantastic audiologist and a great team member,” said Dr. Rebecca Frazier, the Center’s chief audiologist. “She is always willing to step in and help out. And, more importantly, patients love her as much as we do!”

Sinks sees between five to 15 patients per day. She performs diagnostic hearing tests and auditory processing disorder evaluations. She fits and repairs hearing aids, counsels patients regarding Bluetooth accessories, alerting systems for the home and the use of amplified telephones.

She loves her job, she says, but like many medical professionals she’s not terribly fond of the paperwork that comes with it.  

Paperwork aside, perhaps what has kept Sinks so devoted to the Center is its mission of serving those with communications disorders who can’t afford treatment. “The need to effectively communicate is fundamental in our society and critical for the health and wellness of every person. I feel that right shouldn't be denied due to lack of income,” she said.  

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that last year donated $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. 

It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award in October.

The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.


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