The essence of communication is understanding what people say

– Maria Abramson, Doctor of Audiology

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Auditory Processing

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Hospital Services

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Educational Audiology

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My Story

I was a speech and language pathology major at Northwestern University in Evanston IL . I chose this field because I love people and I love talking to people and to help them communicate better. To gain experience, I volunteered my time during college at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). The audiologist there had double degrees in both audiology and speech/language pathology. She told me that I didn’t want to be a speech pathologist, I was meant to be an audiologist. Consequently, I volunteered in the audiology department helping get the patients in the sound booth, giving them instructions and making them feel comfortable. The patients at RIC were all brain or spinal cord injured, so placing them at ease and ensuring they knew what to do was not always as simple as it sounds. I finished my major in speech and language pathology but took as many courses as I could in audiology during my undergraduate education.

Meet The Team

Welcome! Hear Now is dedicated to helping you or your child improve their hearing and speech understanding.

Maria Abramson
Maria Abramson

Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Maria Abramson began practicing Audiology in 1979. If you know someone who has difficulty hearing well, she can help. She provides a full range of audiologic services throughout Orange County, CA.

Since 1979, Dr. Maria Abramson has been helping both children and adults with their hearing aids, and central auditory processing needs. She has conducted and published her research in central auditory processing, and is the author of many central auditory processing tests and therapy programs. Dr. Abramson is happy to help patients achieve their best possible outcome.

Dr. Maria Abramson Credentials

  • Doctor of Audiology, AT Still University, School of Health Sciences, 2006
  • Masters of Science in Audiology, University of Washington, 1979
  • Bachelors of Science in Speech and Language pathology, Northwestern University, 1977
  • Maria Abramson, Au.D., CCC-A is a Fellow for the American Academy of Audiologists
  • Received an award from the California Speech and hearing Association regarding excellence in pediatric hearing aid fitting.
  • She is author of the diagnostic and therapeutic Basic Auditory Training Program (BAT).
  • Extensive experience with ARIA (Aural Rehabilitation of Interaural Asymmetry) and was a beta site for Dr. Moncrieff’s research, published in 2016 and 2017.
  • Experience helping those who have cochlear implants, or are considering them.
  • Fits hearing aids for adults and children with a near 0% return rate. This means the patients that she fits with hearing aids keep them.
  • Diagnoses and provides treatment for the amelioration of central auditory processing deficits (CAPD).
  • She is regarded as an expert by the State of California in central auditory processing and has been requested to be an expert witness in audiology, central auditory processing and diagnostic assessments.
  • She teaches post-graduate courses in Audiology at Chapman University in Orange California.
  • She is on staff at several hospitals with extensive experience in hearing assessments for adults.

Front Desk Manager

Holli started working for Hear Now in 2007. She specializes in customer care and insurance billing. Holli standardized our office filing procedures. In 2016 she took a few years off to be a full-time mom. Now that her kids are in school, we are happy that she has returned to work for us at Hear Now. Holli is skilled with helping patients regarding changing their wax guards, domes, batteries and charging hearing aids.
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Front Desk Manager

Tracy has worked at Hear Now since 2018. She provides excellent customer service as she welcomes you on a phone call or when you arrive at our office. Tracy manages our appointment schedule and keeps our office looking its best with seasonal flare.

Front Desk Manager

Angela has worked at Hear Now since 2013. She specializes in providing the best possible customer service, a skill she learned with years of experience in the hospitality industry. Angela works days if she can when we are short staffed or have special projects.

Common Symptoms

of Hearing Loss

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  • Muffled quality of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio Avoidance of some social settings
  • Missing common sounds like the phone or a doorbell

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  • Conversations in busy restaurants can become difficult
  • Talking on the phone can be annoying
  • One begins to withdraw from conversations
  • Speech can be delayed for a child

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Reading and Writing

  • Poor School Performance
  • Poor School Performance
  • Behavioral problems
  • Inattention


Dr. William F. House, inventor of the cochlear implant, personally recommended Maria Abramson in 1991 to launch her private practice.