Inside Columbia


The Face of Hearing Health Care

By Inside Columbia

There’s no greater accomplishment for Michelle Hopkins, Amanda Bracken, Sarah Smith and Sarah Cary than helping people communicate better. Being audiologists at Missouri Ear, Nose, and Throat Center is a rewarding profession that makes taking care of patients all worth it when you notice the difference you’ve made in one’s life. “We wanted to help people communicate better with their loved ones,” Bracken says. “We love hearing from patients about the changes they notice in their lives after seeing us.

With patient care being the top priority, having the capability and willingness to change and adapt for patients is one of the most important aspects of the job. “We have a strong collaborative environment, which allows us to evaluate how we run our practice and adjust based on needs and demand,” Hopkins says.

Missouri Ear, Nose and Throat started in June 2008 and has been providing the highest level of service possible in the treatment of disorders of the ears, nose and throat ever since. The team offers a wide variety of services, from diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid and cochlear implant services to central auditory processing disorder evaluations and therapy, tinnitus management and more.

Each day, patients are meant to feel like part of the family, getting the treatment needed to improve their daily lives. For many patients, this starts with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the source of the problem. Whether you are dealing with an ear infection or hearing loss, the audiologists will work with you to achieve your optimal health.

Over the last 10 years, technology for treating hearing loss has drastically improved, and Smith predicts there will be even more advancements made in the near future.“We are so excited to see what new innovations will be available to our patients,” she says.

Hopkins, Bracken, Smith and Cary all have put down roots in mid-Missouri and enjoy what Columbia has to offer, but they didn’t all grow up here like Hopkins.Bracken joined the team nearly 12 years ago, Smith joined about 11 years ago and Cary, one of the newest members, joined nearly one year ago. “We all look forward to taking care of you in the future,” Cary says.

When not helping patients improve their communication skills, the audiologists at MissouriEar, Nose, and Throat spend time giving back to their community. Every year, the staff adopts a family atChristmas through the Voluntary Action Center, donate scanned goods to The Food Bank for Central & NortheastMissouri and donates supplies to local elementary schools.

If you’re looking to improve your communication skills and live a healthier life, Missouri Ear, Nose, andThroat audiologists are here for you. They are committed to listening to patients, earning the trust and respect of patients, exceeding your expectations, ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment, and striving for continuous improvement.


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