A love for fostering communication is the through line for the career of Laura Street, AuD, FAAA, CCC-A, assistant clinical professor of audiology. She earned her bachelor of arts in applied linguistics, with a TESL certification, and master of arts in applied linguistics from Montclair State University. She continued at Montclair State University, teaching English as a second language to undergraduate and graduate students.
The next chapter of her career took her to St. Louis where she earned her doctor of audiology from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Street completed a clinical fellowship at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, New Jersey. As an audiologist, she has worked in private practice, medical, nonprofit and industry settings, with both adult and pediatric patient populations.
Her past research has explored the realms of linguistics and neuroscience. “I have previously contributed to research projects which investigated methods of automatic text annotation, as well as mechanisms of hair cell regeneration and hearing preservation in animal species exposed to ear damaging drugs and hazardous noise levels,” said Dr. Street. She has also delved into the industry side of audiology through her research on a new type of direct-drive contact hearing device.
She believes that hearing and listening are key to communication, as well as our ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships. This belief can be traced back to her father who developed hearing loss following his retirement from the US Military. Given her father’s experiences, Dr. Street treats her patients as she would any member of her family, by striving to provide quality of life improvements through evidence-based practice.
Dr. Street is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the California Academy of Audiology. She is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Auditory Society.
Dr. Street joined the Pacific family in 2017. Her goal is to help cultivate audiology professionals who are autonomous, thoughtful clinicians. “In my teaching, I encourage intellectual curiosity and strive to develop critical thinking skills, in addition to interpersonal skills and clinical best practices,” she said. “I believe students should be self-motivated individuals, avid readers of the literature and lifelong learners capable of carrying the profession forward.”
When she is not working with patients or students, Dr. Street is likely with her high school sweetheart, hiking in California’s state parks, developing her small garden or reading nonfiction.
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold