Your Hearing and Balance
At Colorado Springs Ear Associates we hear you: we know that hearing and balance disorders can significantly affect your quality of life. So we have focused our clinical expertise on these sensory systems to quickly and effectively address your health care needs.
Colorado Springs Ear Associates provides comprehensive specialty care for disorders of the ear, hearing and balance systems and is the primary referral center for these conditions in Southern and Western Colorado.
Meet Our Providers
Joseph L. Hegarty, M.D. is a board-certified physician specializing in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery. Dr. Hegarty completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, graduating with honors. After graduating with honors from his medical school class at Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Hegarty completed a 5-year Otolaryngology residency and a 2-year cochlear physiology fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Following his residency, Dr. Hegarty completed an additional 2-year Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco under the direction of Robert Jackler, M.D. Dr. Hegarty has been practicing in Colorado since 2001. His practice is limited to diseases of the hearing and balance systems.
Michael Iliff, Au.D., is a clinically certified audiologist. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of the Redlands in California and his masters in Audiology from San Diego State University. His doctorate in Audiology was completed at the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He joined us in 2016. Dr. Iliff’s services include comprehensive hearing rehabilitation, including hearing aids, surgically implanted devices (BAHA and Cochlear Implants) and assistive listening devices.
Dr. Iliff has served on numerous boards serving the hearing impaired, served as a technology consultant for many major hearing aid manufacturers and has used hearing technology for many years due to his own hearing loss. “As someone who is hearing impaired and uses hearing technology, I’ve always felt the most satisfaction when I’ve been able to apply my experience and education to give someone the gift of hearing once again.”
Cassie Iliff, Au.D. is a Doctor of audiology and a Colorado native, growing up on a cattle ranch near rural Yuma, CO. Dr. Iliff received both her Doctor of Audiology degree as well as her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Dr. Iliff’s specialties include advanced hearing aid programming, extended wear Lyric fittings, tinnitus management, and hearing protection. Since graduating with her doctorate, Dr. Iliff has had a variety of experiences within her profession. She started her career by winning the James Jerger Award for Excellence in Student Research. She has worked as a sales representative and trainer for a hearing aid manufacturer as well as a developer of hearing testing equipment. Growing up in a small town helped her see the importance of quality healthcare and gave her a specific passion for helping people hear and she looks forward to poviding you with quality, individualized hearing healthcare.
Chelsea Cottrell, Au.D. is a Doctor of Audiology with advanced training in a University setting. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her bachelor’s degree. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Dr. Cottrell completed her fourth year externship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Eye and Ear Institute.
Dr. Cottrell has roots in Monument, Colorado. She is excited to be back in her beautiful mountain state. When she is not working, she enjoys swimming, cheering on the Nebraska Cornhusker football team, and exploring the outdoors.
Dr. Cottrell’s specialties include hearing diagnostic testing, balance testing, implantable devices, and hearing aids. Additionally, she is proficient in American Sign Language.