• Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss causes communication breakdown that impacts quality of life.

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  • Hearing Aids

    Do I need hearing aids?

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  • Tinnitus

    You don’t have to live with ringing in your ears.

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  • Musicians and Audiophiles

    You Want the Best Sound…We Will Help You Find Your Sound.

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  • Voice

    Is your voice healthy?

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About Our Provider

Dr. Melissa Heche, AuD

Dr. Melissa E. Heche is the Doctor of Audiology and Clinical Voice and Swallowing Pathologist of New York Speech and Hearing. She is dually certified in audiology and speech pathology; she has a unique background in music, performance and sound engineering. Her background allows for a distinctive view on sound interpretation and its impact on communication.

Dr. Heche specializes in the assessment and treatment of hearing/auditory disorders, tinnitus, and of voice/vocal fold and swallowing disorders. She is a licensed hearing aid dispenser and uses a whole communication approach to hearing aid dispensing. She provides active hearing conservation programs – particularly within the music industry.

Dr. Heche works closely with the musical and performance community, addressing the needs of musicians and vocalists. She provides seminars regarding vocal health practices to public speakers. She also offers the service of accent reduction for people who speak English as a second language and accent acquisition for actors who may need to learn alternate speech patterns.

Dr. Melissa E. Heche begins a term on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors!              

Helping to shape the future of Audiology & improve access to Hearing Healthcare.  Click here  for press release.

Doctor of Audiology, Salus University.
Masters Degrees in Audiology & Speech Pathology, Hofstra University.

Fellow American Academy of Audiology
Certificate of Clinical Competence Audiology/Speech Pathology: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association                                                                           CAOHC Certified: Professional Supervisor in Hearing Conservation
Certified Sound Engineer

Awards and Distinctions
Future Leader in Audiology, American Academy of Audiology 2010
Award for Continuing Education: American Speech and Hearing Association
American Academy of Audiology Scholar
Presidential Award: Salus University


Our Staff

office managerRoberta Rabe-O’Connor is the Practice Manager/Office Manager of New York Speech and Hearing. She is dedicated to creating an essential environment to help provide the best hearing and speech healthcare. She is our hearing and speech informant. She processes administrative tasks accurately and efficiently and has built and warm and nurturing office environment. Any questions about your appointment, treatment or insurance? She will more than likely have the answers.  Having studied speech pathology and audiology for her undergraduate degree, Ms. Rabe-O’Connor is glad to be working in the field. She is interested in the interconnected nature of hearing and language and is looking to expand her knowledge in ways that will enhance the patient experience.

A born explorer who loves traveling and hiking, she embraces all challenges. Family-oriented herself, she recognizes the importance of good communication within our relationships. Her skills and interests make Ms. Rabe-O’Connor a great addition to New York Speech and Hearing.


Education                                                                                                               B.A. Speech Pathology and Audiology – CUNY Lehman College



Taliyah Wright is the office assistant at New York Speech and Hearing. She is a student at SUNY Oneonta, studying education and mathematics.