Donna Hill, Au.D. FAAA
Dr. Hill has practiced in the Eugene area since 1999. She earned her BS and MS degrees at Portland State University and her doctorate degree at Arizona School of Health Sciences. She is CCC-A certified with the America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Hill takes an educational approach. She has advanced certification in tinnitus management.
“People come to me saying things like: ‘My wife gets frustrated because she has to repeat things to me. At meetings, others will be laughing at something that was said and I always seem to be left out.’ These experiences diminish the sense of belongingness and connection we all crave as human beings. Being an audiologist allows me to provide solutions and make a true difference for both the patient and the important people in their lives.”
Craig Ford, Au.D. FAAA
For more than 20 years, Dr. Ford has earned the respect of local doctors and patients. He received his doctorate degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences. He enjoys working with patients and providing them with quality hearing care. He is the proud father of five beautiful daughters and is a past president of the Eugene Downtown Lions Club.
“Audiology Professionals is more than a business for me. It is helping others stay connected to family and friends by helping them understand the need for better hearing and how best to improve their hearing situations at home and when in group listening situations. This is a very rewarding career, because we are making a difference in the community.”
Francisco M. Ross, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Ross earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in Linguistics and Communication Disorders from the University of Florida, before taking a two-year gap to teach English in South Korea. He began his Doctor of Audiology program when he returned, and was hired at UF Shands Teaching Hospital immediately upon graduation, where he provided evidence-based hearing healthcare to patients with special emphasis on tinnitus and sound tolerance disorders, as well as teaching doctoral-level courses in Amplification I and II and Advanced Amplification Technologies. Relocation to the West coast has been a lifelong dream, now finally realized. In his free time, he enjoys walking the local trails when outdoors, and PC gaming with his partner when at home.
“Hearing is not only vital for communication, but also for personal safety and quality of life. When hearing is restricted, people need comprehensive assistance, and while hearing aids are often the best solution, they are never the only solution. I teach my patients about all available options to improve their functional hearing ability, such as communication enhancement strategies, assistive listening devices, and auditory training, so that they can make fully informed decisions about their own health.”
What is a Doctor of Audiology?
To be an audiologist in Oregon, a person must have either a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology. Being accepted into an audiology program is as competitive as getting into nursing, dentistry and physical therapy tracks. An audiologist must complete many hours of practicums and a fellowship year of training before being certified. A hearing instrument specialist in Oregon must have at least a high school diploma or GED, and a total of 160 hours of training in theory as well as practical, supervised training.
My journey with Audiology Professionals began in August of 2007 when we first opened our doors. Although I have a degree in emergency medicine, I felt right at home here from the very beginning. We share the same vision on what exceptional healthcare looks like and in my (slightly biased) opinion, you won’t find better people to work with or as hearing healthcare providers. In my time away from the office, I love spending time outdoors with my husband, daughter, and our enthusiastic dog (lab/border collie mix).
I’ve been employed at Audiology Professionals since June 2012. Our patients are like family and I enjoy each and every one of them. I live up the McKenzie River and enjoy gardening, sewing, repurposing old furniture and classic cars, but my favorite thing is being a grandma, aka “Mimi.”
I love working here at Audiology Professionals! The Doctors are good hearted people and I’ve enjoyed learning so much from them. I love helping people live a better life so this job is a perfect fit for me. Aside from enjoying my work here, I also really enjoy spending time with my family and spoiling my pets since I’m a huge animal lover!
In 2011 my best friend introduced me to the industry by getting me hired by her father, the owner of an audiology clinic up in Salem. Since then I have worked at OHSU and finally made my way south to Audiology Professionals in September of 2016. I have a Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing from Portland State and I look forward to expanding my knowledge in this field even farther. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family in Salem, reading, hiking, and annoying my cats..