Eva Hecht

Eva Hecht

Audiologist, Business Owner, Fremont Audiology and Hearing Clinic
Fremont, NE
B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2012, Doctor of Audiology, 2016

"Soak it all up while you are there. Get involved in as many activities and organizations as you can while developing long-lasting relationships. I met my best friends, my husband, and future business contacts while attending USD."

Q&A with Eva:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

In November 2017, I purchased a private audiology practice in Fremont, Nebraska and have since rebranded the practice. I provide diagnostic audiology services, hearing aid fittings, and hearing aid services to the Fremont community and surrounding areas. As my company and office continue to grow so do my aspirations to help as many in need of hearing healthcare services. This has led to the development of three outreach clinic sites in Oakland, Blair, and Gretna, NE. The Oakland outreach site is currently active with the other sites in Blair and Gretna set to open the end of summer 2018.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

During my time at USD, I truly got a hands-on experience in the audiology department. They encouraged shadowing in the on-campus clinic as much as possible during undergrad. This let me get up close to patients early on and see the reward of being able to help them hear again. The faculty of the USD Communication Sciences and Disorders department showed me how important it is to help get audiology services to underserved areas. We had a clinic in western South Dakota and helped with the Special Olympics in Rapid City. This helped me find my passion of volunteering in audiology and I went on a mission trip to Toluca, Mexico in February 2015 to help give the gift of hearing to over 500 people. USD also helped me develop my drive for private practice by giving us the opportunity to have internships at many different audiology sites across South Dakota and Nebraska. I also attended workshops and conventions throughout my time in graduate school. I made connections during those events that put me in contact with the individuals who helped me open my practice.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

My proudest achievement was being able to open my own audiology private practice. I would’ve never gotten here without the education, leadership training, and connections I have met through my time at USD. My husband, who I also met during my time at USD, serves as my business manager. It is a blessing for us to own a small business as a team and provide for our family.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

During my time spent at the University of South Dakota, I was involved in many campus organizations. I was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and served as the vice president of event planning. I also served on Panhellenic Council. I was involved in Colleges Against Cancer throughout undergrad and served as the president of the organization during my senior year. I was active in USD’s chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). I also received the Dave Lorenz Senior Leadership award. During graduate school, I volunteered with the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program and served on Pi Beta Phi’s alumni advisory board. My involvement in these many activities helped to mold my leadership skills that I have translated into my career.

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