Sarah A. Chipman, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA


Sarah Chipman, Au.D., a licensed audiologist, has been at Tanner Clinic working with people facing hearing or balance issues since 2006.

Audiologists identify and assess and/or treat hearing difficulty, tinnitus or balance problems. As such, Sarah’s specialties include hearing testing, middle ear testing, childhood hearing screening, ENG balance testing, hearing aids, and other hearing solutions.

Sarah received her bachelor and master’s degrees in audiology, both from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She returned to school at the University of Utah to earn a doctor of audiology degree in 2009.

She is “fluent” in American Sign Language and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Sarah supervises doctoral students at Tanner Clinic for Utah State University and Idaho State University because, she says, “The only thing I like more than being an audiologist is helping someone else learn how to do what I love doing.”

She is married and the mother of a son and three daughters. She likes to spend her free time curling up with a good book, learning new things and spending time with family. She also enjoys music, linguistics and embroidery.

For more information on hearing loss and hearing aids, visit the website of Family Audiology & Hearing Services, the health-services firm that Sarah Chipman affiliates with.

What patients are saying about Sarah Chipman

“Dr. Sara Chipman is very up to date on all aspects of audiology. She is so easy to work with, plus she is a good listener to her patients. I have been very pleased with my association with her as well as Tanner Clinic.”   —  Virginia, via email

Selected Research
  • “Psychometrically Equivalent English Spondaic Words,” master’s thesis on selecting modern, research-validated words to use in hearing tests

 

Can You Hear Me Now? The 1-2-3s of a Typical Hearing Test

You, the patient, check in with our receptionist and fill out some paperwork if you haven’t seen us before. I meet you in the waiting room and escort you back to a room that’s a little small because it has a big box of a sound booth in it. I ask you about what brought you to see us today.

I use a light called an otoscope to check your ears for wax or anything that doesn’t look how it should. I will place a soft tip in your ear canal and you will feel a little pressure and hear a humming tone. This is called tympanometry and it measures how sound is transmitted through the eardrum. It tests for middle ear infections, holes in the eardrum, or to see if ear tubes are open or plugged.

Test conducted in sound booth

Next, we will take you into the sound booth, put headphones over your ears or into your ears, and close the door. You see me through the window of the booth. You will press a button whenever you hear a tone as I measure your hearing sensitivity at different pitches. Then I ask you to repeat the words you hear, whether they are soft or loud, so I can measure how well you can understand what people say.

I may also do a speech test with background noise. Then I will change your headphone to a tight band that rests behind your ear and play more tones. When we are finished, I bring you out of the booth and explain your test results.

If you would benefit from amplification, I will tell you and, if you were scheduled for a consultation, I will demonstrate how technology can help you to hear more easily and clearly.

If you are seeing the physician on the same day, I will escort you back to the waiting room to wait for the physician and put your hearing test where he can review it.