Our Professionals

Hearing, Balance and Speech Center was founded in 1988, by Dr. Natan Bauman with the vision of creating a hearing healthcare facility that treats every patient with dignity and first-rate care.
HBS Staff - Audiologist - Hearing Specialist - Hamden, Waterbury, Norwalk, Meriden, Branford, Bristol, CT - Hearing, Balance and Speech Center

Hearing, Balance and Speech Center was founded in 1988, by Dr. Natan Bauman with the vision of creating a hearing healthcare facility that treats every patient with dignity and first-rate care. The audiologists, hearing aid specialists, and office staff at Hearing, Balance and Speech Center are highly-trained and exceptionally friendly. We understand that for many, visiting a healthcare provider can be a stressful experience. Our comfortable surroundings and compassionate staff of professionals will ease your fears.

Dr. Natan Bauman

Owner / Director/ Audiologist / Inventor of Vivatone®

Dr. Natan Bauman - Audiologist

Dr. Bauman (Ed.D, M.S., Eng., FAAA) is a leader in the field of hearing healthcare. He received a Master’s degree in electro-acoustics and electronics from Wroclaw Polytechnic Institute in Poland, and both a Master’s degree in Audiology and Doctoral Degree in Audiology from Columbia University. Prior to his work at HBS, Dr. Bauman was the Director of a comparable facility at Yale–New Haven Hospital for 10 years. He also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine. In 1988, he opened Hearing, Balance and Speech Center and The New England Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic (1997). Both establishments offer patients the finest technologically, advanced devices and testing procedures for their hearing health. The New England Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic is the only certified treatment center in Southern New England .Dr. Bauman invented the ‘Totally Open Canal’™ Hearing Aid, Vivatone®. Vivatone® was the first hearing aid of its kind known to eliminate hearing aid wearer’s common frustrations of “feeling plugged up”, or feeling like they were in an echo chamber. Because Vivatone® hearing aids allow an open ear canal, the plugged up and echo chamber are eliminated and a more natural sound is heard. It’s size and ability to be worn behind the ear provides wearers with a discreet hearing aid.

Dr. Bauman has published numerous articles in professional journals. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at audiological symposiums both nationally and internationally.

Janice Howard

Janice Howard, M.A., CCC-A - Audiologist

Ms. Howard (M.A., CCC-A) is a nationally-certified and state-licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and her M.A. in Audiology from the University of Connecticut. Her professional associations include: the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, the National Hearing Aid Society, and the Occupational Hearing Conservation.

Ms. Howard has extensive experience in all aspects of audiology, with special emphasis on diagnostic audiometry and hearing aid dispensing. Janice has been a full-time audiologist in the New Haven area since 1985, and joined the staff of the Hearing, Balance & Speech Center in 1990.

Zelda Shleifer

Zelda Shleifer, Au.D., CCC-A - Audiologist

Zelda Shleifer (Au.D., CCC-A) received her Doctor of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Before pursuing her Au.D., Dr. Shleifer received her B.A. in Humanities from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ.

Dr. Shleifer joined Hearing, Balance and Speech Center as an Audiology Extern in 2009. After completing her doctorate degree she joined the center full time. Dr. Shleifer is a nationally-certified and state licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser. She provides audiological services for pediatric testing, vestibular and hearing testing, and performs hearing aid fittings and verifications.

Richard Cipolla

Richard Cipolla, HIS - Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist

Mr. Cipolla (HIS) is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist in the state of Connecticut and Massachusetts. For over twenty years Richard has been restoring his patient’s ability to participate in life allowing them to hear clearly once again. What Richard loves most about his profession is witnessing life changing moments when a patient is able to communicate with their loved ones.

Office Staff

Front Desk

  • Anna Collins
  • Mary Levandoski
  • Sandra Montaine

Billing and Insurance

  • Fran Kennedy
  • Jennifer Riccio

Community Outreach and Marketing

  • Paula Jensen
  • Jacqueline DeCola