Want to know more about us? Read about the wonderful staff of Audiology and Hearing Aid Center.
Dr. Diane Badua graduated from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia in 1986 with her masters in Audiology. She returned to school 18 years later and received her Doctor of Audiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Badua has lived in New York, Georgia, Hawaii, Virginia and Germany. She has worked in a variety of settings including speech and hearing clinics, hearing aid dispensing offices and schools as she gained experience working with newborns, toddlers, children, and adults.
"I love seeing the smile on a patient’s face when putting a hearing aid on for the first time and to be able to hear sounds they haven't heard in years."
Audiology and Hearing Aid Center of Gainesville opened in October 2006 allowing Dr. Badua to put her varied experiences to work in one setting. Dr. Badua resides with her husband Sam and their dog Maile. Their son Sean is a cadet at West Point Army Academy and their daughter Jenizza is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Interior Design.
“Dear Dr. Diane Badua,
Thank you for taking the time to visit our school to share information about being an audiologist. I especially enjoyed your enthusiasm about being [an audiologist]. I enjoyed how much you looked like you love your work.”
Student from Saunders Middle School
Dr. Suzanne Estep became interesed in the audiology field at an early age as a result of her own experiences with congenital hearing loss. In 2011, she received her Doctor of Audiology degree from The University of Texas at Austin and continues to hold her Certificate of Clinical Competency with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She then proceeded to work in an ear, nose, and throat clinic and in hearing aid dispensing practices across the country. She moved from Austin, TX to the Northern Virginia area with her husband and daughter in 2015.
Dr. Estep has experience in diagnostic audiological testing and fitting hearing aids on both pediatric and adult clients. She is knowledeable on the latest hearing technology and best practices in fitting protocols. Due to her own personal experience using hearing aids, she is able to understand the struggles and concerns her patients have as they learn to use their own hearing devices.
Dr. Estep believes in a patient - centered philosophy that includes listening to, informing and involving patients in their care. She hopes to provide care that is respectful to individual patient preferences and hearing needs.
Jessica Wissinger - Receptionist
Jessica resides with her husband Doug, their son Doug who is a college student and in the US Army National Guard and their dog Forrest. Their daughter Alexis is a recent graduate of VMI and now a commissioned officer in the US Navy.
Jessica enjoys walking, running, personal group traning and vacationing at the Outer Banks. She is also involved in her church and Friends of Serve.
" I enjoy working for Dr. Badua and Dr. Estep. They both give great care and attention to each of our patients "
Bonita Dromazos - Receptionist
Bonita resides with her husband Jim in Manassas. Their son, Eric is a recent graduate of JMU and is working as an IT Consultant in Austin, TX. Their son, Matt, is a student at JMU and is majoring in Computer Science.
In her spare time Bonita enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking,working out, and attending local concerts at Jiffy Lube Live and baseball games at Nationals Park.
" I love working in an office dedicated to helping people with hearing loss. It is very rewarding. Dr. Badua and Dr. Estep are very knowledgeable and truly care about every patient. "