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Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At Wolfe Audiology, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.
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Bruce Vircks, Au.D. received his Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 2001. He received his Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1981, where in 1977 he received a Bachelor of Science in Education. Dr. Vircks is a Licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in Iowa. He joined the professional staff at Wolfe Clinic in 1983, after completing a fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Dr. Vircks is a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology. He is Board Certified by the National Institute of Hearing Instrument Studies of the International Hearing Society. He is also a member of the Iowa Speech and Hearing Association, the Iowa Hearing Association, the National Hearing Conservation Association and the American Auditory Society.
Dr. Vircks is the Immediate Past President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, a national association of audiology practice owners and managers (www.audiologist.org). As President-Elect, he served as convention chair for the 2010 Academy convention at the Marriott River Center in San Antonio, Texas, November 2-4. His three-year term ended in November, 2012. Dr. Vircks was the first Iowa provider to hold this position.
Some of his professional activities include presentations at state and national meetings on the topics of non-occupational hearing conservation and hearing aid technology. He was the first to introduce acoustic, programmable, implantable and disposable hearing aids to patients in central Iowa. He was involved in bringing the Lions Hearing Aid Bank to Marshalltown and currently assisted in its administration. Dr. Vircks is a member of the Marshalltown Rotary Club and has served on the boards of various civic organizations. He enjoys time with his children and grandchildren as well enjoys tennis, biking, photography, the arts and music.
Dr. Katie Mennenga
Dr. Mennenga received her Doctorate in Audiology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders at the University of Northern Iowa in 2009. She is also a member of the Iowa Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA), Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Mennenga pioneered the Virtual Student Chapter of ADA and was the first-ever nominated student board member.
Dr. Mennenga is a Licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in Iowa and has a passion for helping people. She enjoys working with future Audiology students from the University of Northern Iowa Communicative Disorders Department and learning about the new technologies the hearing industry is frequently introducing to provide better hearing. Dr. Mennenga strongly believes that better hearing can lead to a better quality of life. She and her husband live in rural North Central Iowa with their three children and enjoy getting outdoors.
Robyn Ritchey, Au.D. received her Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona in 2007. She received a Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 2001, where in 1999 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders. Dr. Ritchey is a Licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in Iowa. She joined the professional staff at Wolfe Clinic Audiology in 2016.
Dr. Ritchey enjoys educating people and raising awareness of the incidence of hearing loss in patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as those having risk factors such as aging and vocational exposure to noise. She also seeks to help professionals understand the importance of including an annual hearing test for preventative care.
Dr. Ritchey and her significant other have a son and two daughters. They also have a Shih Tzu named Jasmine. She enjoys anything in the arts such as photography and painting. She also enjoys reading and traveling.