The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 8, 2013

Happy to be back: After 15 years away, audiologist returns home

Kelly Urban

JOHNSTOWN — Claudine Croyle has come back home.

On Monday, the 41-year-old Summerhill native joined the staff of Easter Seals Cambria/Somerset Division as its certified audiologist. She said that after living out of the area for 15 years, she was eager to be closer to family.

“I wasn’t actively looking for a new job, but I was keeping my options open and if something in the Johnstown area became available, I’d check into it,” Croyle said.

She learned of the job opening a few weeks before Christmas, and after interviewing she was offered the position.

“I’m very excited to be back,” Croyle said.

“Both my husband and I are from the area and we both come from large families, so we’re looking forward to being with them.”

Croyle, her husband, Steve, and two of her three children are living with her mother in Summerhill.

Prior to returning, Croyle was employed as an audiologist at an ear, nose and throat practice in Pottsville, Schuylkill County.

She was instrumental in building the audiology department from the ground up. She said she’s proud she was able to expand that program and wants to do the same at Easter Seals.

“They haven’t had an audiologist since last fall, so I’m looking forward to just regrowing the office and working at building relationships with the patients,” Croyle said.

Croyle has a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree in audiology from Clarion University, and a doctorate in audiology from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

She provides patients with hearing tests, can diagnose hearing loss and recommend a course of treatment, whether it be through the use of a hearing aid or pointing individuals to the proper medical specialists who can further assist with their needs.

In addition to offering hearing disability services, the nonprofit organization employs speech therapists who provide speech evaluations and therapy; works with schools, physicians and behavior support programs; and offers treatment for children and adults with developmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“Easter Seals is very much a community-based organization and it’s important to be able to provide these services to the Johnstown area at a reasonable cost, especially in today’s economy,” Croyle said.

“The services are available to everyone, regardless of age or income.”

Croyle added that a main goal of hers is working to promote better hearing care.

“It’s just as important as going to the eye doctor or dentist,” she said.

“It’s important to have a baseline hearing test beginning in your 40s, and I want to try and encourage everyone to think that way.”

For more information on Easter Seals, call 535-5508.

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