69 Union Street • P.O. Box 506 • Manchester, VT 05254

(802) 366-8020

• Evaluation, Diagnoses, and Treatment of Hearing Disorders
• Latest Hearing Aid Technology with many options and price-points available
• Repair and Reprogramming even if you bought a product elsewhere

Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Dispenser?


There are thousands of hearing aid dispensers promoting their products these days, in doctors’ offices, at shopping mall kiosks, and, of course, online. How do you know who you can trust?

An important distinction to understand when treating your hearing loss is the difference between hearing aid dispensers and Audiologists. It is relatively easy to get a certificate to sell hearing aids/devices as there is very little regulation in the industry.

Audiologists, on the other hand, are degreed professionals (Master’s Degree or higher) who are trained in the science of hearing. This includes administering sophisticated tests that assess the nature and characteristics of your unique hearing loss.

Unlike dispensers, Audiologists can interpret these tests properly, prescribe specific devices, and continue to be a resource for you as your hearing evolves.

In fact, the FDA advises seeking hearing care and hearing aids only from licensed practitioners. In Vermont, the only practitioners licensed to provide diagnostic hearing evaluations and hearing aids are Audiologists. At Southern Vermont Audiology, you will only be served by a Licensed Audiologist.

Meet Dr. Lowkes


Kathy LowkesWhile taking an ‘Anatomy’ class, I became fascinated by the complexities of the human ear and decided to become an Audiologist.

I received my Masters Degree in Audiology from the University of Connecticut and my Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Having fallen in love with Vermont while attending UVM, I returned in 2001 and have practiced audiology in the Manchester area ever since.

Click here to read more about Dr. Lowkes.

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