Meet Dr. Bea

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Bea Smith, Au.D., FAAA

Dr. Bea Smith is our audiology provider at Bristol Family Eyecare. She specializes in helping patients make the most of their hearing using the latest technology. She provides services such as hearing exams, hearing aid fittings, and aftercare programs aimed at ensuring optimal hearing aid performance.

Dr. Bea completed her undergraduate degree with honors in speech pathology and audiology, with a minor in special education, from Miami University. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate at Indiana University and went on to work in two of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation to help patients with different diseases and abilities. She is licensed to fit hearing aids and practice audiology by the state of Texas.

A highly specialized researcher, Dr. Bea’s findings on genetics, hearing, cancer, and chemotherapy have been published in various journals. Along with her research partner, she has even pioneered a drug that blocks the harmful effects of chemotherapy on hearing, something that occurs in certain brain cancer patients. Previously, Dr. Bea was a former specialist at a hearing aid company where she instructed providers on how to better serve patients across the country. She has also regularly completed speaking engagements at national and international conferences.

In addition to her esteemed work in the field of audiology and beyond, Dr. Bea is part of:

• American Academy of Audiology — Fellow

Outside of work, Dr. Bea has worked as a volunteer doctor in Honduras and is proficient in American Sign Language. Originally from Ohio, she enjoys making home improvement projects, fostering dogs for a local rescue shelter, traveling, and spending time with her own dogs Hazel and Pfeiffer.

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- Charles K.

Dr. Bristol is fantastic. Professional and friendly. Takes time to explain things. Never feels rushed. I've been a patient for about 10 years now, and always a good experience. The staff is super friendly, and the huge selection of frames is great.

- Steve A.

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- Lance O.

Our family of six have been patients and fans of Dr. Bristol’s for 15+ years. I’ve been a CRT user for 14 of those years and love the freedom (without surgery.) My wife’s vision has been a moving target for the last ten years but Dan has patiently kept up. Kids are all happy with the service. Most of all we love Dan’s holistic approach screening for a number of potential health issues that can reveal themselves in the health of your eyes.

- Jeff L.

Super service -- as usual and despite to COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn't get any better than this.

- Marlo U.

Always friendly and professional. The front staff and back staff are equally fantastic! They are extremely helpful and very efficient at getting you in and out in a timely fashion. I have found them to be outstanding with follow up care (i.e. frame adjustments, etc.) as well. Overall, a great choice!

- RayATX

Great facility, staff and service. Dr Bristol and team are fast, friendly and knowledgeable. In my experience they are prepared with the upfront insurance plan info so that you understand your covered options throughout the process (no financial surprises ) which I appreciate . The office also has a good selection of frames on hand to roils out the process.