About Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center

Mel Sorkowitz, Sondra Sorkowitz, Elissa Sorkowitz Lejeune and Bob Scheppske bring to you a combination of unique backgrounds.

Mel Sorkowitz did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, where he received his master's degree in audiology. Upon graduation, he became the director of audiology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Because audiology was a relatively young profession, he became an important resource for the ear, nose and throat specialists. It soon became apparent to Mel and his wife, Sondra, a graduate of the George Washington University in business education, that the hearing aid field needed a new direction. They incorporated Audiological Consultants, Inc. of Pennsylvania in 1969, and grew to seven privately owned offices serving the hearing impaired in the greater Philadelphia area.

In 1972, Mel made a movie, "Hearing Aids, How to Fit Them," and won an award that year for the most important contribution for medicine and surgery through the field of cinematography. He became a presenter and guest lecturer for hearing aid manufacturers' meetings and otolaryngologists’ conventions.

 

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The hearing aid field was changing rapidly. Audiologists and otologists could now dispense hearing aids, where prior to 1978, it was considered unethical to do so. From 1978 to 1984, Mel and Sondra owned and operated manufacturing facilities in both Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Los Angeles, California.

In 1984, Mel and Sondra and their two daughters, Elissa and Adina, moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where they opened two professional audiology/hearing aid offices. When the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree was offered, Mel once again began his study toward that degree. In 2003, he received a Professional Leadership Award in recognition of his "perseverance and strength as a pioneer in hearing aid dispensing by audiologists, as well as continued, joyful dedication to leading the audiology profession to new horizons."