All of us at Audiology and Hearing Aid Center appreciate your interest in our services and support. We have been assisting people all over Arizona with their hearing health and hearing aid needs since 1981. It is our goal to keep you informed of the latest changes and the most current technology offered in the hearing health arena. We want you to have a place you can trust, you can learn from and where you can grow. We hope that Audiology and Hearing Aid Center is just that place!
Cathy Kurth, Au.D., FAAA, Doctor of Audiology
A true Midwesterner, Cathy grew up in Glenview, Illinois. She opened the Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in 1981 in downtown Scottsdale and since then, she opened offices in North Scottsdale and the Grayhawk area.
Cathy has been practicing audiology since 1976. She received her Doctor of Audiology in 2002 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of A. T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago and her Masters of Audiology from the University of Illinois. As an expert in her field, she has spoken extensively on hearing healthcare, hearing technology, and the treatment of hearing disorders. Cathy also provides audiological consultation to many doctors in the area. She is licensed by the State of Arizona and clinically certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also a member of prestigious organizations such as the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Cathy received her Board Certification from the American Academy of Audiology. Through her memberships, she maintains the highest level of knowledge, education, and familiarization with hearing loss, emerging hearing aid technologies, and the changing needs of hearing-impaired patients.
In November of 2012, Cathy was awarded The Leo Doerfler Award. This award honors an audiologist who has demonstrated outstanding clinical services in the community and throughout his/her career. The Leo Doerfler Award is the Academy of Doctors of Audiology’s most prestigious professional recognition and supports ADA’s mission to advance practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care. Dr. Kurth was also named Healthcare Hero 2014!
Dr. Gina Contrucci, Audiologist
Dr. Gina Contrucci graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in May 2017 where she acquired clinical experience in a variety of settings, including private practices, ENT offices, an outpatient balance clinic, aural rehabilitation groups, and a public school system. Gina was born and raised in a suburb outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a minor in Spanish. Her family including her one younger brother now lives in downtown Chicago. She and her husband, Tony, as well as their two rescue cats moved to Arizona from Texas in the summer of 2016. When not helping people hear better, Gina enjoys traveling, listening to music, going to the movies, shopping, and eating out at renowned restaurants around town.
Dr. Akila Prasad, Audiologist
Dr. Prasad was born and raised in Ahwatukee/Tempe, Arizona. A wildcat at heart, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In May of 2013, she left sunny Arizona and made her way to central Illinois, where she received her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her time at U of I, she served as Vice President of the Student Academy of Audiology, and led presentations on hearing loss, hearing loss treatment, and hearing conservation, both on and off campus. After living in the Midwest for 3 years (and experiencing what winter truly feels like), she moved back home to Phoenix, where she completed her 4th year clinical externship in a Neurotology setting. She is very interested in diagnostics and enjoys being up to date on all the latest hearing aid technology and hearing loss treatment solutions. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and joined Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in May of 2017. Dr. Prasad is passionate about the field of Audiology as a whole, and is extremely excited to be working with all the wonderful patients and providers at the practice.
Rachel Waite, Audiologist
Rachel holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University, and is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She has been a Clinical and Dispensing Audiologist for nearly 21 years, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, from private Audiology practice, to private Ear, Nose and Throat physician practice, to multi-specialty clinical practice. Rachel has provided Audiologic and Rehabilitative services to a wide range of patient populations, including adult, pediatric, special-needs, cochlear implant, and vestibular patients. Her professional experience includes the privilege of teaching undergraduate and graduate level students in the subjects of Vestibular Assessments and Disorders, Anatomy & Physiology, and Pathophysiology. She is excited to be pursuing her Doctorate in Audiology with the University of Florida, and joined the Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in June, 2017. Rachel enjoys her time with her husband and three children, her home-zoo of three cats, two guinea pigs, two rats, and a new German Shephard puppy, and her hobby as an amateur astronomer.
Mark Baker, Hearing Aid Dispenser
Mark Baker grew up in Colorado and moved to Arizona to attend ASU. Although he loves the desert, Mark still loves the mountains and all of the adventures you’ll find in them. Mark is a proud father of 2 great teenagers and enjoys family and outdoor activities; including hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding and camping.
Mark is a licensed hearing aid dispenser. He has been in the field of Audiology for over eleven years working with ENT’s and Audiologists specializing in audiometric testing, and hearing aid fittings. Mark enjoys helping people hear better and accommodating them with the best technology available today.
Ashley Haxby, Hearing Aid Dispenser
Ashley has been in the hearing industry for nearly 13 years and has been a provider with Audiology and Hearing aid center for just over 4 years. Her passion is education and counseling her patients through the process of their hearing rehabilitation. She finds it very rewarding to assist her patients and their families in the transition that hearing rehabilitation provides and strives to enhance the patient experience on an ongoing basis. Originally from Northern California, she moved to Arizona 4 years ago and has sense gotten married, purchased a home, and had her first child; suffice it to say, Arizona has quickly become home and a source of great happiness. She owns a photography business, and when she isn’t out with her camera, she can be found in health food stores and or with her family in their garden.