PHC Audiologist: Stefanie Abdayem, Au.D.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Wichita, Kansas.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Bishop Carroll Catholic high school in Wichita. Then I went to Newman University in Wichita for one year during undergrad. Finally, I transferred to Wichita State University and stayed there to get my undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I continued on to graduate school at Wichita State University for my Doctorate of Audiology degree.

Why did you want to become an audiologist?

I wanted to work in healthcare and help improve quality of life for patients and families. During undergrad I wanted to be a speech pathologist, then changed my mind when I had my first course in Audiology. My teacher would draw a picture of the ear on the white board at the beginning of every class and added on to it each day. One of those days I decided this is it. I found Audiology to be a rewarding career, and I love helping people understand their hearing loss and how to treat it.

What is your favorite area of audiology?

I love counseling patients and getting to know their stories and being a part of their journey to better hearing. I enjoy watching patients gain confidence in their abilities to communicate with their loved ones effectively and with ease. Communication is key!

At what office(s) do you work?

Merriam, Menorah, Lakewood currently

Now some fun questions!

What’s your favorite television show?

Currently, WestWorld

If you could bring back any fashion trend, what would it be?

Chunky necklaces, pearls, and groovy hair bandanas

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? Somewhere warm enjoying an ice cream cone

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Stefanie Abdayem, Au.D.

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