About Our ENT Clinic
Steven M. Waters, M.D., Ph.D.
Ear, Nose, and Throat Physician
Dr. Waters is a board certified ear, nose, and throat physician and has practiced in Richmond since 1989. He studied at Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, and Indianapolis, IN. He specializes in traditional ear, nose, and throat problems such as hoarseness (voice disorders), snoring and sleep apnea, ear infections and hearing loss, dizziness, tonsil and adenoid issues, skin cancers, reconstructive surgery, and in the treatment of allergy and sinus problems.
Post Graduate / Medical School:
- Ph.D. – Anatomy, Indiana University, 1981
- M. D. Indiana University, 1984
- Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN, 1984-1986
- Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery,
- Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1986-1989
Board Certification and Licensure:
- American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery, 1990
- License State of Indiana, 1984
- American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
- American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Indiana State Medical Association
- American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
- Pan American Allergy Society
Beth E. Hester, M.S., CCC-A
1992 Master of Science (M.S.), Audiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1990 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Audiology and Speech Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1995 – Present
Waters ENT Sinus & Allergy: Admininstering clinical audiological services to patients ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric, including diagnostic audiometric exams, tympanometry, otoacoustic emissions, acoustic reflexes. Dispensing and servicing hearing aids.
Wabash Valley Rehabilitation: Worked in a clinical office setting, as well as traveling to regional nursing and rehabilitation facilities, administering audiological services as well as dispensing hearing aids.
American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA); Member
American Academy of Audiology (AAA); Fellow
Indiana Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ISHA)
Beth E. Hester is a licensed audiologist with experience working with hearing impaired clients since 1992. Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Audiological and Speech Sciences in 1990 and her Master,s Degree in Audiology in 1992 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She holds an Indiana State License in Audiology and is certified by The American Academy of Audiology and The American Speech and Hearing Association, as well as The Indiana Speech and Hearing Association. She continues to be educated on a yearly basis, completing many hours of continuing education requirements with an emphasis on hearing amplification and hearing aid dispensing issues. She has worked with Dr. Waters since 1995.
RN and Office Manager
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are the only professionals who are university trained and licensed to identify, evaluate, diagnose, and treat audiologic disorders of hearing. Audiologists may practice in Private Audiology Offices, Hospitals, Medical Practices, Universities, Public Schools, Private and Public Agencies.
All individuals with suspected hearing loss require audiological evaluation to determine the type, degree, and cause of the hearing impairment. Insurance companies and managed care organizations are realizing that efficient cost-effective hearing health care requires that primary care physicians refer patients directly to audiologists to determine whether rehabilitation or medical/surgical treatment is indicated. Insurance companies recognize that only 20% of all individuals with hearing loss require medical or surgical treatment for their hearing loss. Rehabilitation treatment consists primarily of design, selection and fitting of hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices. These services are provided directly by audiologists.
Why should I see an Audiologist?
Audiologists hold a master's degree, research doctoral (Ph.D.) degree, or clinical doctoral (Au.D.) degree from an accredited university with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of persons with hearing impairments. Audiologists are required to complete a full-time professional experience year and pass a demanding national comprehensive examination following completion of their master's or doctoral program. Additionally, they are required to obtain 8 continuing education hours per year to maintain their state license. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification, and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, dispense hearing aids and assistive listening devices, provide rehabilitation services and refer patients for medical treatment.