The Ear Group West Hills - Staff
Dr. Yoav Shalev, Au.D., FAAA - Audiologist (CA Lic: AU2554)
Dr. Yoav Shalev received his Doctoral Degree in Audiology from the University of Florida in 2009. He earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University Northridge in 2007, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation - Professional Pilot from Utah Valley State University in 2004. Dr. Yoav Shalev received his certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2007, is a fellow with the American Academy of Audiology, and has board certification in audiology from the American Board of Audiology.
Dr. Yoav Shalev is a retired Sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and current Commercial Airline Pilot. Dr. Yoav Shalev served on the West Hills Neighborhood City Council between 2009 to 2013. Dr. Yoav Shalev is also the co-founder and president of The Ear Group Hearing Foundation and supporter of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Deana Langer, M.A., FAAA - Audiologist (CA Lic: AU616)
I have been working in the industry for over 50 years. I began working as an audiologist while in school for my master's degree at the University of Maryland in 1966. I was a trainee at the Washington DC Veterans Administration for that two-year span. My favorite part of my job is taking the history and putting together the puzzle that each client presents. I love finding out about people and what has happened to lead them to our office and treatment for hearing problems. Fortunately, I have had so many wonderful stories, that I could not pick out any one of them to share. I did have an interesting thing happen that involves one of our clients. He is a man with a very pronounced New York accent and he came in to get new hearing aids several years ago. In the course of taking the history he said that he had been treated at Long Island Jewish Hospital as a child. I perked up immediately, as I had worked at Long Island Jewish Hospital from 1969 through 1971. As we talked he remembered that the lady that took care of him was the one blonde on the staff. Since I was the only blonde on the staff, it had to be me. We even knew the same doctors that treated him way back then. He has remained a client and we just fit him with new A4 ITE aids and he says they are the best he has ever had. From 1989 through 2016, I was the owner of Hearing Aids Etc. which provided hearing care in the West Hills area.
Mrs. Rachel Shalev - Operations Manager
Mrs. Rachel Shalev received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge in 2005. Mrs. Rachel Shalev is responsible for the day-to-day operations of The Ear Group. Mrs. Rachel Shalev will be more than happy to answer any of your questions whether by phone or at our office. She is knowledgeable about all the different hearing aid solutions and insurance plans.