Audiologist Dr. Ellen Lafargue of the Center for Hearing and Communication has been named one of the Best Hearing Healthcare Professionals of 2012 by The Hearing Review. Approximately 200 individuals nationwide were selected for this honor by a panel of industry professionals and the editors of The Hearing Review, the leading monthly magazine for the hearing healthcare industry. Lafargue, featured in the above video, is one of just three professionals selected for this honor in Manhattan.

Ellen Lafargue, Au.D., CCC-A, is Director of Audiology at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a leading hearing healthcare center in Lower Manhattan providing state-of-the-art clinical services to people of all ages with hearing issues and listening challenges. Lafargue leads a team of six hearing healthcare professionals at CHC where she began her career in 1983. Since earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Lafargue has established a distinguished career and a reputation as one of the finest audiologists in the tri-state area. She is particularly noted for her skills in providing adults with the best hearing instrument for their unique hearing and communication needs. Formerly an adjunct faculty member at NYU, Kean College in New Jersey, and Montclair State University, Lafargue is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the states of New York and New Jersey.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Lafargue is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences and educational forums. This month she will participate in a 3-day seminar on the psychological and social aspects of hearing loss at the IDA Institute in Denmark. Last June she made a presentation on the topic of untreated hearing loss at the 2nd International Conference on Adult Hearing Screening in Lake Como, Italy.

In addition to providing unsurpassed hearing healthcare, CHC is committed to educating people about the importance of taking care of their hearing. CHC advises people 50 and over to get an annual hearing screening and to seek appropriate follow-up care. CHC’s Executive Director, Laurie Hanin, says, “Untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation, withdrawal from social interactions, and depression. A recent study from Johns Hopkins University finds that untreated hearing loss puts adults at a higher risk for a diagnosis of dementia. That’s a new and very compelling reason to get an annual hearing screening and, if necessary, appropriate treatment. What Lafargue and her team are so successful at is finding custom solutions that enable people with hearing loss to stay connected and continue to lead active and fulfilling lives.”