When it comes to your hearing, your choice of a hearing healthcare professional is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Since a hearing aid can’t be prescribed like eyeglasses, the proper hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the judgment and skill of the professional selecting the instrument. We test your hearing, select, and dispense the hearing instrument best suited to your personal, professional, cosmetic and financial needs.
Robin B. Hardin, M.A., LIC-A, FAAA
Owner and Audiologist
Robin B. Hardin has 36 years of experience in the field of audiology. During her career she has worked at the highly recognized Veterans Administration Medical Center in Atlanta, the University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Atlanta Ear Clinic, a neurotology practice. In May 2009, Hardin was one of 25 audiologists in the world to be invited to participate in the Ida Institute in Denmark. The Ida Institute’s mission is to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics associated with hearing loss. In this time, she has come to understand that hearing loss is more than a matter of improving patient’s hearing; it is a matter of improving quality of life and individual well being.
Debra Brewer, Au.D
Dr. Debra Brewer has over 30 years experience in audiology. Prior to joining Athens Oconee Audiology, she spent 25 years at Emory Healthcare in the Audiology Division of the Department of Otolaryngology. While there she supervised audiology students and interns, taught audiology courses for medical residents, performed the full array of diagnostic, implant, and hearing aid services. At AOA she performs diagnostic testing, fits hearing aids, and conducts cochlear implant evaluations and mapping. She enjoys counseling and educating patients about the benefits of treated hearing loss and how hearing aids can improve quality of life. Dr. Brewer’s hobbies include reading, running, hiking, and gardening.
Joy Fulmer, CMA
Joy Fulmer is from Watkinsville, Georgia. She graduated from Athens Technical College in May 2013 with a Diploma in Medical Assisting and passed the Certification Exam in June 2013. She then completed training with Nova Southeastern University and became licensed by the state of Georgia as an Audiology Assistant. Joy currently sees patients for hearing aid clean and checks, in office repairs, troubleshooting, LACE Training, and hearing aid orientation and delivery. She also supports the AOA clinical staff to ensure better patient outcomes. Joy believes that building a good rapport with patients is part of providing excellent patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Jackson, hiking, and watching sports, especially UGA football.
Sarah Adkinson, MLIS
Sarah Adkinson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. Prior to joining Athens Oconee Audiology she worked in insurance and records management. At AOA, she handles insurance billing and coding, patient records and accounts, and HIPAA compliance. She is available to answer patient questions about how insurance benefits apply to service and assist patients in obtaining reimbursements from insurance carriers. She is also our HIPAA privacy and security officer and ensures that patient information is held in the strictest of confidence and records are maintained according to current federal documentation and privacy regulations. Sarah enjoys reading, making homemade soap, and spending time with her family.
Patient Service Representative
Emily Leverett is from Warner Robins, Georgia. She graduated from Middle Georgia State University in July 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Emily joined the AOA team in March 2016 after moving to the Athens area. Her duties include greeting and checking in patients, answering the phone and triaging calls, managing electronic patient charts, and scheduling and confirming appointments. Since joining the team, her role has expanded to include managing physician referrals as well as assisting with patient satisfaction. Emily enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family.
Marketing Communications Manager
Amber Bir grew up in Bethlehem, Georgia. She graduated from The University of North Georgia in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and joined the AOA team shortly thereafter. Amber’s responsibilities include event planning, community outreach, and social media marketing. She also assists in the front office with answering the phone, scheduling appointments, and verifying insurance benefits. In her free time, Amber enjoys hiking, traveling, playing soccer, and spending time with family.
Your Goals Are Our Goals
We promise to work closely with you to discover where you are having the most difficulty communicating. Then, we will collaborate with you to determine the best solution to increase your ability to hear and understand in the situations you describe. If that solution includes hearing aids, then we are committed to recommending the technology that:
- Works best for your level of hearing loss;
- Complements your lifestyle and…
- Fits within your budget. Your satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
Although we’re smart enough to know that we don’t know everything, we’re dedicated enough to try! To make sure we stay on top of both the the latest advances in technology and the current research related to hearing we attend many conferences, seminars and conventions every year. In addition we belong to a variety of professional organizations that provide us with a wealth of information.
- American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- American Tinnitus Association