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Dr. Sarah Varricchio, Au.D.

Dr. Sarah Varricchio, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Varricchio has been with the Hear Again Center since 2009. Prior to joining the Hear Again Center team, she worked in an ear, nose, and throat clinic and has extensive experience with various aspects of diagnostic audiology. She has a strong passion for hearing aid programming and troubleshooting. Dr. Varricchio firmly believes in the benefit of auditory rehabilitation to work in conjunction with all hearing aid fittings. She feels the counseling aspect is so important, and it can dictate the success or failure of any hearing aid outcome. Dr. Varricchio always says, “The hearing aid is only part of the solution.”

Dr. Varricchio is originally from Connecticut, and she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. She moved to Tucson, Arizona for three years to pursue her postgraduate career, and she received a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Arizona. Dr. Varricchio is a licensed Audiologist in Connecticut and a Fellow of the Academy of Audiology.

Allison Blunt, HIS

Allison Blunt, HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Allison Blunt is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist originally from South Berwick, ME who moved to Connecticut in 2017 to work at the Hear Again Centers. Allison received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Maine. Allison’s passion for hearing health was ignited as a middle school student when she befriended a hearing-impaired classmate. She learned American Sign Language and saw the positive impact the simple act of communication had on him. This experience guided her professional decision to help connect people to their world through better hearing. When she’s not saving hearing lives, Allison loves playing the clarinet and tenor saxophone, outdoor activities, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Dr. Shannon Gibbons, Au.D.

Dr. Shannon Gibbons, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Gibbons has been with Hear Again Center since 1999 and is our Regional Manager. She has helped thousands of hearing impaired people improve their quality of life through better hearing. Dr. Gibbons has a “patient first” philosophy, offering honest and accurate advice with individualized attention. She has a strong background in hearing aid programming and specializes in difficult cases.

Dr. Gibbons received her Undergraduate and Master degrees from the University of Connecticut and her Doctorate degree from Salus University in Pennsylvania.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is a licensed Audiologist in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Dr. April LaBelle, Au.D.

Dr. April LaBelle, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Dr. LaBelle has a “patient first” philosophy, offering honest and accurate advice with individualized attention. Her thorough knowledge of the newest hearing technology enables her to fit, program and adjust to each individual’s specific needs. Dr. LaBelle is dedicated to providing the best service to her patients possible.

With a background in professional music, Dr. LaBelle brings a unique and vibrant perspective to the practice. She is committed to protecting ears from the damaging effects of overexposure, and enriching the lives of her hearing impaired patients with individualized solutions to suit every patient’s lifestyle and hearing needs.

Dr. LaBelle was born and raised in Wethersfield, CT. She received her Undergraduate and Doctorate degrees from The University of Connecticut. She is a certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Kathy Wesniak, HIS

Kathy Wesniak, HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist

For more than 20 years, Kathy has helped thousands of patients enjoy life again through better hearing with her extensive knowledge and experience with the hearing industry. Hard of hearing herself, she empathizes with each patient on a personal level of understanding. Each patient has unique hearing needs therefore she spends quality, uninterrupted time with each one. Kathy’s goal is to work together with the patients journey to better hearing to ensure their custom challenges are met. As she likes to say, “life does not have a replay button”.

Stacey LaBarre, HIS

Stacey LaBarre, HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Stacey began working in the hearing industry in 2014 and was drawn to the profession because of her younger sister, who suffers from hearing difficulties. Stacey saw firsthand the implications of her sister’s loss on their relationships with family members and on her own quality of life. This experience guided her professional decision to become a hearing instrument specialist.

What Stacey loves most about helping those with hearing loss is connecting people to their world again. Stacey strives for precise, custom solutions, concierge-level care, and verified best hearing in her everyday work with patients.

Outside of saving hearing lives, Stacey loves enjoying the experience of being a new mom and spending time with family.

Danielle Chaves

Danielle Chaves

Patient Services Coordinator

Danielle Chaves is a Patient Services Coordinator (PSC) at The Hear Again Center in Vernon, CT.  Danielle is originally from East Hartford, CT and moved to Hebron, CT in 2018 with her family. Danielle started working at The Hear Again Center in 2019 and was drawn to the profession because she has family members that have hearing loss and loves that her co-workers work together as a team to help move everyone who walks through the door with a hearing loss, into better hearing.

What Danielle loves most about saving hearing lives is that she sees the difference that it can make in everyday life.
Outside of saving hearing lives, Danielle loves to spend her free time with her family and friends. She loves to listen to music, tends to her fruit/vegetable/flower gardens, fosters kittens and tends to her chickens.

Kelly Gagain

Kelly Gagain

Patient Services Coordinator

Kelly Gagain is a Patient Services Coordinator. Kelly started working at Hear Again Center in Vernon in 2020. Kelly began working in the hearing industry in 2014 and was drawn to helping patients connect with their love ones. Kelly learned American Sign Language to teach her children to communicate with her before they learned to talk. Kelly strives to provide excellent customer service in her everyday work with patients.

Outside of the hearing industry, Kelly is a kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing instructor on weekends. Kelly enjoys being with her family and participating in obstacle races.

Customer Reviews

They are very knowledgeable and professional in all they do on your behalf; especially Allison & Sarah. Together they conduct very informative and professional seminars(attended two of them)while complementing each other very well. I always know when I go there, I am going to receive the best of care and...

Roger Wilson, on Google

Hello – I wanted to express to those considering seeing a Hearing Specialist in Central Connecticut that the Hear Again Center in Vernon is terrific. I am writing this on behalf of my parents Angelo & Carol Gesmundo, and have been to this office with them and seen first-hand how...

Johnny Premier, on Google

Excellent audiologists and technical staff who can assist hearing-impaired individuals with hearing aids selection, maintenance, and long-term product use. I have visited Hear Again Center for several years, and I have found superb professional people there who always really care about improving one's hearing experience..

Carol Butterworth, on Google

I can "hear again" with my awesome new hearing aids! Folks here are great and work to get you the best aids for you.

LIGITA Giacopassi, on Google

I am very pleased with the service, hospitality, professionalism, and very important is the ease and accuracy of my hearing aides from the Hear Again Center in Vernon, CT. It is so true what one other person said; that you feel like family :)

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