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Timothy G. Cook, Au.D.

Timothy G. Cook, Au.D.
Audiologist

Timothy G. Cook, received his master's degree (M.A.) in Audiology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 1973. He holds audiology and hearing aid licenses in California and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. He has demonstrated accomplishments in co-ordinating and maintaining public and private audiology and hearing aid practices for thirty-six years. Because Mr. Cook is a hearing aid user he is familiar with the many challenges that one encounters when they have hearing loss. He lives in the Coachella Valley with his partner of 24 years and their golden retriever.

Phillip A. Burney Au.D.

Phillip A. Burney Au.D.
Audiologist

Phillip A. Burney is the co-founder of Palm Springs Hearing Seminars. In 1971, he graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Masters of Arts Degree in Audiology. After earning his degree, Phil continued his academic career as an educator, and served for three years as an instructor of audiology with James Jerger, Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In 2004, he obtained his clinical Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

In 1974, Phil established his private practice in Palm Springs, CA. Using his academic experience as a springboard, Phil's private practice has continued to flourish. In addition to twenty-five years of experience in evaluating hearing problems, Phil has been a leading hearing aid dispenser in California. He has served as a consultant to manufacturers on hearing aid design, marketing, and training. As a consultant to the Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee in California, he has assisted in preparing the licensing examination for hearing aid dispensers. He has also served as a consultant for industrial hearing programs, a community instructor, and has been published in several magazines. Phil has also presented lectures at ASHA, ADA, and manufacturer sales meetings in addition to community groups and service club organizations.

R. Andrew Schirmer

R. Andrew Schirmer
Office Manager

R. Andrew Schirmer (Andy) is our newest employee at Desert Hearing Associates. Currently our Office Manager, Andy is pursuing his licensure as a Hearing Aid Dispenser and Audiology Assistant. When a new patient arrives in our clinic, Andy will be at the front desk to greet them, answer any questions, and assist with insurance information and filling out the necessary paperwork. In addition, Andy is happy to help new hearing aid users change batteries, wax guards, and domes, and assist with minor in-office repairs.