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James Baker – Audiologist Profile

James Baker

I am originally from Lexington, Missouri and have been a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida since age 3. I currently hold the Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida. I previously earned my Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida. My hobbies include fishing and working in the yard. I’m married with an eighteen year old daughter. Prior to my career in audiology I served as an electronics technician the U.S Coast Guard, stationed in Mayport, FL. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida I worked with developmentally disabled adults at the residential facility and sheltered workshop at Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC) in St. Petersburg, and then as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor for the Florida Department of Labor. Following completion of my Master’s degree, I worked with Jay Farrior M.D. at the Farrior Ear Clinic in Tampa for 23 years until I joined joined Gardner Audiology. I am a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology, and the Florida Academy of Audiology.

Recent Posts by James Baker

  • How to Prevent Costly Hearing Aid Repairs - Hearing aids need periodic cleaning and care to provide optimum benefit. It is very easy to forget that simple cleaning can go a long way toward minimizing problems; as long as they are working maintenance may seem unnecessary. Periodic cleaning of the case, microphone covers, and ear mold will reduce build up of dirt, particles... [Read More]
  • Hearing aids and tips for better communication - Hearing loss can be stressful for all parties involved in a conversation. For the hearing impaired, struggling to make sense of what is being said when hearing speech as a mumble is frustrating, fatiguing and annoying. Trying to converse with a soft spoken person can be especially difficult. On the other side, a person develops... [Read More]
  • Some things to think about before you purchase hearing aids - Purchasing hearing aids can be a daunting task. Things to consider and questions to ask are: What are the qualifications of practitioner? A strong academic background and years of experience are preferable. Currently, the graduation requirement for an audiologist is the doctorate degree. Hearing aid dispensers are not required to have advanced degrees. How do... [Read More]
  • Impact of hearing loss balance and risk of falls in the elderly - Over the past month I have had discussions with a number of elderly hard of hearing patients having balance problems. What seems to be a common thread is that the patients feel that their medications may be influencing/exacerbating the problem. Blood pressure medications are the most commonly mentioned. Generally, there has been a report of... [Read More]