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, Wallingford, 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

Founder / 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.

Ronni Mathews

Ronni Mathews, M.S. - Audiologist

Ronni Mathews, M.S. joins Hearing Balance and Speech, with over 17 years' experience as an Audiologist in the Waterbury, CT area. Ronni earned her MS in Audiology at SUNY New Paltz.

Ronni grew up in Yorktown, NY, but now lives in Central Connecticut with her two children. She has a strong passion for improving the quality of life for children and adults in regards to their hearing. Ronni takes pride in finding and fitting the right hearing aid for each of her patients. She is determined to make sure that they understand and know how much their hearing can improve with the guidance of an expert Audiologist. In her spare time, Ronni loves being with her family and scrapbooking. She also volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader and as a board member for her town’s Scout Service Unit.

You can schedule appointments with Ronni at our Hamden and Waterbury locations.

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

Director of Operations

  • Paula Jensen

Office Manager

  • Eliza Bauman

Patient Care Coordinators

  • Mary Levandoski
  • Lori Pokladowski
  • Jennifer Riccio
  • Vanessa Torres
  • Eric Random

Billing and Insurance

  • Fran Kennedy

Community Outreach and Marketing

  • Jacqueline DeCola