Amber Palermo, originally from Bel Air, Maryland, received her bachelor’s degree with high honors in speech-language pathology and audiology from Towson University in 2016. She continued at Towson University to earn her doctoral degree in audiology with anticipated graduation in May of 2020. As a fourth-year doctor of audiology student, Amber is currently completing her clinical residency at Chesapeake Hearing Centers on the Eastern Shore.
Amber has previous experience in a variety of clinical settings working with children and adults. This included training at the Hearing and Balance Center at Towson University’s Institute for Well-Being; Bay Area Audiology in Bel Air, Maryland; Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD; Chesapeake ENT in Owings Mills, Maryland; and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to her clinical experience, Towson University offered extensive coursework in diagnostics, hearing aids, cochlear implantation, electrophysiology, vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, pediatric and educational audiology, tinnitus, pharmacology and genetics, hearing conservation, and private-practice management. Amber’s research focused on obtaining new normative data for the assessment of auditory processing disorder in the adult population, and her doctoral thesis was entitled “Assessing Auditory Processing Abilities in Neurotypical Older-Adults.”
While at Towson University, Amber held a graduate assistantship at the Cochlear Implant Center at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) in Towson, Maryland, for two years. She served as vice president of the Student Academy of Audiology, participating in community outreach events and advocating for those with hearing and balance difficulties. Amber has volunteered with the Special Olympics at Towson University by providing hearing screenings for the athletes and has also volunteered for the Alström clinic at GBMC, helping children and families affected by Alström syndrome.
Amber’s areas of interest within the field of audiology include diagnostic testing, hearing aids, cochlear implantation, and auditory processing disorder. She entered the field of audiology because she believes helping others hear connects them to the world around them and enriches their lives in the most special way. In her spare time, Amber enjoys being at the beach, traveling to new places, and spending quality time with her friends, family, and three golden retrievers.