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Meet Lauren "Ashley" Grillis, AuD

 How long have you been employed at UMMC; what is your sub-specialty and why did you choose this area to focus on?
"I have been employed at UMMC for one year. I am a pediatric audiologist specialized in treatment. I have always had a fondness for children and have seen my grandfather struggle with hearing loss since I was a child, so this area seemed to suit my interests well!"

What is one thing you wish your patients knew about audiology?
"Hearing loss is a journey that impacts not only the person with the hearing difficulty, but also their parents, spouses, significant others, teachers, coworkers...really anyone that is a communication partner. When communication is difficult because of hearing loss, it truly affects all aspects of your life. The good news is we have more solutions and options than ever before to help break the barrier to communication."

 What is the one thing you wish your patients knew about the relationship of ENT health/early testing as it pertains to audiology?
"Early detection of hearing loss and intervention is the key to success at any age.

Where did you get you education/degree from?
"University of Tennessee - Doctor of Audiology 2013"

Is there anything you would like for your patients to know about yourself?
"My husband and I have a beautiful, but sassy two year old daughter. So if your child throws a tantrum in my office, don't worry. I can relate on a personal level."