Dr. Anna Javins (JAY-vins) is grateful to be a part of the team at South Bay Hearing. A first-generation college graduate and Cleveland, Ohio native, she is happy to leave the gray skies and snow behind for a much more agreeable climate while working in the field she loves. While she does not have hearing loss herself, she has always been interested in patient-facing healthcare and knew from a young age that she belonged in an allied field. Dr. Javins obtained her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2017, where her passion for audiology and the research that supports it flourished. While in Columbus, her love for all things Buckeyes grew as well (the football team and the delightful chocolate-covered peanut butter treats). You can take the audiologist out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio State pride out of the audiologist!
Dr. Javins obtained her Doctorate of Audiology in 2021 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, the #1-ranked audiology doctorate program in the country. During her graduate education, she worked within the Vanderbilt Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory, studying various elements of hearing aid technologies. She completed a T35 Graduate Research Fellowship funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication (a member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health), examining new ways to administer diagnostic testing for patients with dizziness and imbalance.
Dr. Javins’ fourth year residency was spent at the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was fortunate to work with leading specialists in both traditional hearing devices and implantable technology. She was also a trainee member of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, exploring the prevalence of hearing loss and lack of access to treatment in the U.S. adult population. She is incredibly passionate about equitable access to hearing and balance healthcare, while ensuring patient dignity and autonomy throughout the lifespan. She has a particular interest in improving quality of life and supporting health literacy and self-advocacy in the senior years, while maintaining a holistic approach to hearing and balance healthcare.
In her free time, Dr. Javins spends plenty of quality time with her fiancé, Phil, watching prestigious (and not-so-prestigious) TV shows and films, and playing/cuddling with her sweet 5-year-old Black Lab/Border Collie, Ava. She enjoys exercise of all sorts (though yoga is a steady favorite) as well as cooking and baking for family and friends. She loves food and especially exploring new cuisines, so recommendations are always welcome. A lazy day looks like a blanket on the beach with a few good books loaded up on her Kindle. Dr. Javins still can’t believe the breathtaking geography of her new Southern California home, and to be honest, she hopes the wonder never fades.