About Us

At Hearing Balance & Speech Center, we provide a variety of hearing health care services for both adults and children. From comprehensive hearing evaluations to custom hearing loss protection, we do it all. Our mission is to improve quality of life through better hearing, making sure you don’t miss out on life’s important moments.

We diagnose and treat all types of hearing loss, and our audiologists work with all types of hearing aids.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of certified hearing care professionals.

Our Professionals

Janice Howard
M.A., CCC-A
Maria Hacker
M.A., CCC-A, Lic. #393 tfo
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Janice Howard
M.A., CCC-A

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.

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Ronni Mathews
M.S

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.

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Maria Hacker
M.A., CCC-A, Lic. #393 tfo

Maria Hacker joined the Hearing Life team in September 2020. She received her master’s degree in audiology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the City University of New York at Queen’s College in 1998. As a state licensed audiologist, she has spent the past 20 years providing the highest quality of hearing healthcare to the residents of the state of Connecticut. Maria takes pride in making sure that everyone that walks through the doors of our clinic receives the highest quality care and personalized attention is given to each person to help them to achieve the best hearing possible using the most advanced technology available in the industry.  Maria was born and raised in Bronx, NY but currently resides in Naugatuck, CT with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteer work within the community, reading, cooking, and exercising as a certified SoulCore Leader.  

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The purpose of this hearing assessment and/or demonstration is for hearing wellness and to determine if the consumer may benefit from using hearing aids, which may include selling and fitting hearing aids. Products demonstrated may differ from products sold. Assessment conclusion is not a medical diagnosis and further testing may be required to diagnose hearing loss. The use of any hearing aid may not fully restore normal hearing and does not prevent future hearing loss. Hearing instruments may not meet the needs of all hearing-impaired individuals.