Making a difference for those with hearing loss
Ryan Summerlin June 11, 2014
Name of business: Rocky Mountain Audiology
Description: Rocky Mountain Audiology is Western Colorado’s hearing and tinnitus experts. We are now opening a second location on the Western Slope in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Owner: Dr. Daria Stakiw, board certified Doctor of Audiology
Address: 1607 Grand Ave. Suite 21, Glenwood Springs
Date business opened: June 1, 2014
How did your business start?
We opened Rocky Mountain Audiology in Edwards in 2011 as there was a need in the valley for audiology services for patients of all ages. Dr. Daria’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of people affected by hearing concerns.
What do you sell?
Dr. Stakiw provides hearing loss evaluations and rehabilitation, hearing aid assessments and consultations, hearing aid fitting, repair and reprogramming as well noise protection options and tinnitus management.
For those individuals who suspect they may be experiencing hearing loss, we offer comprehensive evaluation services to determine the type, degree and cause of the hearing loss as well as a variety of treatment options. A hearing evaluation can precisely define the nature of your hearing loss and establish a treatment program appropriate for you.
After the evaluation is completed, Dr. Stakiw will review the results with you and answer any questions you or your significant other may have. At that time, recommendations will be made for managing your hearing loss. These recommendations will vary depending on your hearing loss and individual communication needs. If a hearing aid is necessary, Rocky Mountain Audiology provides hearing aid maintenance, repair and reprogramming for all makes and models of hearing aids.
Dr. Stakiw is committed to ongoing continuing education, providing the latest in hearing technology, and serving patients with compassion and understanding.
What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?
The recession has reinforced the importance of providing the highest integrity of hearing health care to all patients. We strive to deliver superior customer service and to respect patient’s individual needs to maintain healthy hearing throughout their life. We hope to be a positive influence in each patient’s care as well as educate them to prevent further hearing loss.
What strategy do you use to hire good people?
We ensure our staff is friendly, honest, compassionate and highly professional at all times to maintain our patient’s confidentiality and success of treatment. We do this by completing an intensive interview and training process with all employees and providing an ongoing continuing education provided as well.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
Our goal is to help as many patients with hearing loss as possible. Hearing loss can be an early symptom for other health concerns. Hearing loss is the third leading cause of health problems in individuals over the age of 50. The only other two health factors that surpass it are arthritis and hypertension.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
The best thing about owning a business in the Roaring Fork Valley is the ability to care for the great people of the Western Slope. Having patients who pride themselves in health and positivity is truly a gift. The beautiful scenery doesn’t hurt either!