Meg Narron, AuD, identifies, diagnoses, treats, and monitors adult patients with hearing disorders for Yale Medicine Section of Otolaryngology at the Yale Hearing and Balance Center where she co-leads the Cochlear Implant Program. With a specialization in implantable hearing technology, including cochlear implants, Narron programs and troubleshoots external sound processors that transmit signals to an internal implant which in turn stimulates the auditory nerve. She also works with osseointegrated auditory implants, surgically placed implants that deliver sound by bone conduction.
Narron was a student when she chose to become an audiologist, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders. “I was instantaneously fascinated as soon as I learned about the physiology and science of hearing and cochlear implants,” she says.” It is miraculous, life-changing technology. I am able to transform lives, and that is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”
Cochlear implants must be programmed for optimal function multiple times during the first year and at least once a year thereafter. Narron routinely completes this procedure in the office setting. With recent changes in health care regulations, Narron is now able to also perform this procedure remotely, connecting from an office in New Haven to a Yale Medicine satellite office closer to the patient’s home. “Many individuals do not pursue cochlear implant technology because they are unable to travel, and they don't have access to services close by,” she says. “Remote programming and other telehealth services mean health care is now more convenient and will expand, giving us the ability to prioritize hearing health care support for more patients.”
Narron says patients are deeply appreciative of her services. “Hearing is the foundation of spoken communication. When individuals suffer from hearing loss they can become extremely isolated, negatively impacting every facet of their lives,” she says. “Watching someone's face when they hear sound for the first time or hear a loved one whisper ‘I love you’ for the first time in years still brings tears to my eyes.”