Meet Our Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Specialists & Staff
At Harrisonburg Hearing Services, we strive to improve the quality of life for those with hearing concerns. We provide comprehensive and individual hearing healthcare, while building long-term relationships with our patients based upon honesty, integrity, and respect.
Robert R. Hinkle, Ph.D.
Audiologist, Hearing Aid Specialist
Purdue University, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Audiology James Madison University
Robert R. Hinkle leads a team of professionals with over fifty years of collective experience. Established in Harrsionburg in 1982, Harrisonburg & Harrisonburg Hearing has grown to include an office in Harrisonburg. He fit his first digital hearing aid in 1987 and today he and his associates are recognized as leaders in fitting and fine-tuning high-technology, digitial hearing aids.
Dr. Hinkle is Professor Emeritus of Audiology at James Madison University. He earned his doctoral degree at Purdue University and was recruited to coordinate a new graduate program in audiology at Madison College in 1975. He coordinated the program for over twenty years and retired from full-time teaching in 2004, which his guidance the program achieved several landmarks including a PHD degree. The program is the only Audiology Doctoral Program in Virginia.
Abbey Cousin, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
James Madison University, Au.D.
Abbey Cousin is a native of Franklin, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016 and her doctorate degree in Audiology in 2020 from James Madison University. Dr. Cousin was first introduced to our practice as an undergraduate student shadowing Dr. Hinkle, and later completed a rotation in our office during her graduate studies. Dr. Cousin’s professional interests include diagnostic hearing examinations, hearing aid evaluation and fitting and vestibular/balance testing.
Ruth Hinkle-Fisher, B.S.
Office Administrator, Audiometric Technician, Hearing Aid Specialist
Emory & Henry College, B.S. Business Administration
Ruth Hinkle-Fisher has over ten years experience fitting and fine-tuning digital hearing aids. She serves as staff coordinator and has responsibility for the overall management of the practice. Ruth is instrumental in the coordination of our patient care efforts. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and has graduate coursework in audiology and hearing prosthetics.
Audrey Conner joined our staff on a full-time basis in June 2010. Originally from Hagerstown, MD, her adult life has been in the Harrisonburg area. She has a degree in business management. Audrey enjoys meeting new people especially the acquaintances she has forged with our many patients. She spends her leisure time painting, hiking and volunteering for various charities. Her favorite activity is visiting with her two grandsons, Dakota and Gabriel.