Rachel Pomycala is a graduate student at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and is doing her fourth-year externship here at Chesapeake Hearing Centers. This residency is the final step for Rachel before she completes her doctoral degree in audiology. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in hearing and speech sciences from University of Maryland-College Park in 2012.
Rachel’s clinical experiences thus far have included training at the Gallaudet Hearing and Speech Center; Chesapeake Hearing Centers; The Listening Center at Johns Hopkins Medical Center; and Professional Hearing Services in Springfield, VA. Along with the clinical experiences provided by these different facilities, Gallaudet University offered a comprehensive battery of educational opportunities including pediatric audiology, vestibular/balance education, pharmacology, aural rehabilitation, cochlear implantation, and central auditory processing assessment, among others. While at Gallaudet University, Rachel also learned American Sign Language (ASL) and is able to communicate with patients in ASL.
Rachel entered into the field of audiology because she has a strong passion for helping individuals with hearing loss. Rachel has traveled to Cambodia and Nicaragua on hearing mission trips, where she had the opportunity to fit hearing aids for those in need. Her biggest interests include hearing aid technology, diagnostics, and humanitarian audiology.
Outside of the audiology world, Rachel enjoys volunteering at animal shelters and going to the beach with her family and friends.