In the control room at Chicago’s Mystery Street Recording Company, Sensaphonics audio engineering consultant Joe Tessone (right) instructs new Gold Circle audiologists (from left) Rachel Pizarek of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City; Melissa Wikoff of Atlanta Hearing Associates; and Karina Otubo of São Paulo, Brazil.
Chicago, IL (July 23, 2013)—Sensaphonics has announced the addition of three audiologists to its Gold Circle network, granting Karina Otubo, Melissa Wikoff, Au.D, and Rachel S. Pizarek, Au.D., who received certifications at the two-day seminar at the Sensaphonics headquarters in Chicago.
The Gold Circle seminar teaches audiologists the specific skills required to serve musicians and those who work around them. “Taking good ear impressions is important, but hearing health is critical. We think audiologists need to be aware of the audio capabilities of in-ear products, most of which can get dangerously loud,” said Sensaphonics founder and president, Dr. Michael Santucci. “This isn’t part of most audiology curriculums, so we have stepped up to teach audiologists, and by extension, their clients, how to use in-ear technology safely without sacrificing the performance benefits.”
The Gold Circle seminar is taught by Santucci, assisted by Sensaphonics audio engineering consultant, Joe “Sound Guy” Tessone. The hands-on sessions include instruction on concert sound systems, backstage etiquette, and taking proper ear impressions. The latest technology in hearing health solutions, including patented technologies like the Sensaphonics 3D Active Ambient IEM System and dB Check in-ear sound level analyzer, are also presented.
The seminar also holds a hands-on lab session working with a live band using the in-ear monitors for the first time. The Ross Originals, who record at Tessone’s Mystery Street studio/rehearsal facility, were the featured performers. “It’s a great opportunity for the audiologists to participate in the process and see a band using in-ear systems for the first time,” says Tessone. “They get to interact with the musicians, take level measurements, and experience how a real sound system works. It’s definitely not the kind of thing they teach in audiology class.”
There are two more Sensaphonics Gold Circle seminars this year, scheduled for August and September in Chicago. Class sizes are extremely limited. Interested audiologists can contact Sensaphonics to register: http://www.sensaphonics.com/?page_id=38 or telephone 1-877-848-1714.