Becoming an Audiologist
Dr. Sandra Skipper grew up in Spartanburg, SC, and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1976. She went on to college at University of South Carolina, majoring in her favorite subject in college, English. While being a professor of English was her ideal career at the time, Dr. Skipper instead took a friend’s advice and pursued speech pathology, enrolling in graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in the field. During her first year of grad school, she took a few audiology courses and liked them enough to shift her area of focus. After two years, and 70-plus semester hours, Dr. Skipper graduated with a Masters in Audiology (MAud) from USC in Columbia, SC.
Dr. Skipper was the first of her classmates to land a position as an audiologist, receiving a job at Piedmont ENT in Greenville, SC. She was very fortunate to work as a young audiologist under Tony Whitson, and she gleaned a world of knowledge from him. He was an outstanding audiologist and the head of a state of the art audiology clinic for the two ENTs in the practice. Dr. Skipper worked at Piedmont ENT for about two and a half years before deciding to take the plunge into private practice in Greenville.
Working as an Audiologist in Greenville and Beyond
In 1985, Dr. Skipper opened The Inner Ear, a private audiology practice within the office of Dr. Kenneth Easley, an ENT. It was a great fit and very rewarding. The Inner Ear remained open for 14 years as the only private practice audiologist in Greenville. During that time, Dr. Skipper also substituted for various ENT practices in the upstate, including Spartanburg ENT, Medicus in Anderson, Dr. Ed Nix in Greenville, and Upstate ENT in Seneca and Clemson. With Upstate ENT, Dr. Skipper moved into a part-time role for seven and a half years, traveling between Seneca and her practice in Greenville four half-days per week. As the practice in the Seneca area grew, she chose to leave her Greenville office in 1999, and began full-time at Upstate ENT. In 2001, Dr. Skipper completed her Doctorate in Audiology (AuD). Finally, in 2005, Dr. Skipper opened a private practice for the second time: Oconee Audiology.
Spreading the Good News of Hearing Potential
For Dr. Skipper, the most rewarding part of working as an audiologist is convincing people that better hearing is worth the risk of giving hearing devices a try. She sees her patients overjoyed with the results time and time again! Dr. Skipper considers it her calling to help skeptical patients relax about seeking help by offering them multiple brands, styles, and price ranges of products. Her goal is to help everyone who walks into Oconee Audiology achieve the increased quality of life experiences that comes with better hearing.
In addition to her commitment to provide excellent service, Dr. Skipper is willing to investigate any special circumstance a patient may have in order to insure that they are offered the very latest technology designed to address that need. Today’s products are intelligent and hearing aid manufacturers work hard to stay in step with today’s pace of life–be it through Apple iPhone apps, Bluetooth streaming, and more! Dr. Skipper feels very privileged to work in a field that is beneficial to so many.
You can know exactly what’s going on with your hearing: an initial evaluation with Dr. Skipper takes only an hour and includes a thorough hearing examination and a detailed explanation of test results. Schedule an appointment today!